North Carolina USA’s Æther Realm have released their sophomore album entitled “Tarot” via Primitive Ways on June 7th and what a 2nd full length it is. Featuring almost 75 minutes of music, the album also sees the band venturing into concept album territory of sorts and hitting numerous musical styles along the way. Lead vocalist/bassist Vincent “Jake” Jones and guitarists Heinrich Arnold and Donny Burbage all chimed in to answer some questions for us regarding the new album, the concept, the music scene in NC, the upcoming tour and a few other things…. check it out….
Congrats on your new album “Tarot”…..what has been the response so far regarding it?
Jake: “It’s been pretty bonkers! Universally positive (except for a few posts on some Russian metal forum, one guy appears to have preferred our first album. I think that means we’re a real band?) I hope we can keep riding this wave for a while-one of my favorite things right now is waking up and finding a few new people that have “discovered” us, and written on our Facebook or sent us an email through Bandcamp telling us they think we’ve done their favorite album this year-I haven’t experienced that much. There was a little bit with “One Chosen……”, but not nearly like this, and it just makes me feel like we did something right you know?”
Heinrich: “It’s been awesome! Have quite a few friends who are NOT super invested into metal that are digging the album, which has been neat.”
Donny: “I’m just glad everyone digs the zany parts in it.”