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One Chosen by the Gods

by Aether Realm

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federicofumagalli With this album I now have all of Aether Realm's discography.
I can't say which is better, but this band is the one I have listened to the most in 2020.

Favourite tracks of this album:
Swampwitch, Oak
Joseph Ingram
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Joseph Ingram I love every track on this album but my favourite is journey of discovery the whole album has brillant riffs great narrative all the way through.. Folk metal at its best.. I highly recommend giving this and any album by aether Realm a listen you won't be disappointed Favorite track: Journey of Discovery.
Kristof Bognar
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Kristof Bognar This stuff keeps getting better every time I listen to it (and I listen to it a lot). Tarot sounds even more impressive given that they've managed to raise the bar after this amazing album. These guys are the best melodeath band currently around /m\
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Instrumental
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Hourglass 04:51
A golden sunset Prelude to the star cloaked sky Yet this beauty only serves to remind me Of the passage of time We are but grains of sand in an hourglass And we're falling fast So take haste Don't delay For the wheels of time's eternal flow They halt unfaltering progress for no one Another day and another step Another hour that we're closer to death And what we have we waste away Unfeeling cold decay And what we have we waste away Naive to mortal fate We are but grains of sand in an hourglass And we're falling fast So take haste Don't delay For the wheels of time's eternal flow They halt unfaltering progress for no one Fear not your death For the hour of your doom is set And there is no escape Invoke your inner flame Ensure that none forget your name Time slips away Mourn not the dead In their tales they live again Save your tears for the living Who never truly live This is your life, so rise up and live We are but grains of sand in an hourglass And we're falling fast So take haste Don't delay Your time, it slips away
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Æther Realm 03:49
In the dawn at the sun's first rays We initiate the end of days Perilous quest for paradise Far away from this land of snow and ice No pity for those lying dead Our vicious path leaves the ground stained red The aether realm for which we travel the earth In the hopes of a new birth A lair in the sky for which we seek From the depths of the earth to the highest peak Forcing the masses to bow to our lord we are born into battle, we die by the sword Laying waste to the land and all who defend Our swords cutting down their finest men For the heathen wars have no true weight As you stand before ethereal gates No pity for those lying dead Our vicious path leaves the ground stained red The aether realm for which we travel the earth In the hopes of a new birth A lair in the sky for which we seek From the depths of the earth to the highest peak Forcing the masses to bow to our lord we are born into battle, we die by the sword Laying waste to the land and all who defend Our swords cutting down their finest men For the heathen wars have no true weight As you stand before ethereal gates To the aether realm we return at last To reclaim our throne of the ages past Ruling the land from a higher base We have rightfully taken our true place A lair in the sky for which we seek From the depths of the earth to the highest peak Forcing the masses to bow to our lord we are born into battle, we die by the sword Laying waste to the land and all who defend Our swords cutting down their finest men For the heathen wars have no true weight As you stand before ethereal gates
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Swampwitch 04:36
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I am one chosen by the gods As the down begins to break We march to meet the horde Invaders armed with spear and sword Ten thousand legions strong A loathsome blot upon the land I thirst to see their blood upon my hands Outnumbered ten to one The air is heavy, as the sun Begins to draw the sweat from every man Oh, a sudden change My breath, it catches in my throat I falter from the pain And filled with fear I turn to flee Oh, what have I done? I've left my men to certain death A coward's mark upon my head But wait, for in my path A shadow looms and speaks to me Turn and fight Harness your heathen might You will take revenge for the fallen ones An eerie light descends A sudden peace from the wind A new sensation overcoming me Now filled with lust for blood I turn and tear back to the site where courage faltered for me Oh, I can't believe The sight obscene The field of dead Stretching far as eye can see Oh, I've failed them I have forsaken my only calling Oh, retribution My only wish, but how? No map to guide my feet I'll guide you, I'll find your way The shadow spoke to me I am I am I am one One chosen by the gods [Heinrich solo] With nothing left to lose I step back to the fray their force asleep and none will ever see another day My courage has been found begin to cut them down Revenge, revenge is my name Death is their only destiny My blades are dancing in perfect unity releasing my rage for what seems like eternity What the gods have wrought in you today, let no man tear asunder I wish to return to ethereal state No pain or feeling Relenquish my body in the darkened night I slowly drift away Leaving my body I'm finally free No physical traits The perfect being Rush of color, divine new realm Come with me, Come with me I am one chosen by the gods
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Ravensong 03:07
Oh I wish I could fly With the ravens high above The fog of the earth For majestic flight To soar through the skies True calling of my rebirth For I long to feel The tears of the stars The wind caressing my wings Oh gods by my sacrifice Grant me the freedom it brings Watch the earth below me unfold As I complete the primordial rites My greatest desire In legend foretold The master of the skies For I long to feel The tears of the stars The wind caressing my wings Oh gods by my sacrifice Grant me the freedom it brings This life is nothing but agony I long for the great infinity So I So I I look to the skies Wishing Wishing For this change There is Nothing For me in this life I give Myself Give my soul to the gods My vision obscured by a blinding light The very air is electrified My ritual, do I dare to think That the gods have heard my plea? What is this I feel? Twisting, transforming I take to the skies Desire fulfilled A new paradise And I fly My new life Midnight black is my shroud My former shell disavowed New muscles twisted and intertwined The power begins to intensify I bid farewell to the earth, for now I sing the Ravensong
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Without the fire And the path from which we strayed The cold begins to bite and I begin to fall prey To the winter, I feel his icy hands upon my neck Unearthly sounds echoing all around As the wolves begin to circle for the kill The corpses of their victims strewn across the snow] Their eyes reflecting the stars they cannot see Blinded by a swirling light Drop to your knees and pray for your life Surrounded by ice and snow, the frozen winds around you blow You'll be dead before you stand, the gods have turned their backs A force this great not seen for a thousand years Leaving nothing in it's wake All will fall into the maw of terror cloaked in white Engulfing all til hunger's satisfied You won't escape the winter's grasp Just bare your skin Accept your fate Lie down and wait There's no escape
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Riding hard across the fields Across the barren wastes The rider pursues his enemy Asks gods for gift of haste A wild look found in his eye Shows the thrill of the hunt Ride For a fire burns Inside Before the flame dies No fear for your journey Let Odin be your guide Fight With the strength of Einherjar Ignite Your fury’s side And think not of your survival For Odin will provide Through the amber trees Leaves crushed by boot and hoof Over snow-capped mountains Through swamp and desert bare (Solo: Arnold) Exhausted, he turns to fight The rider, not a second thought Steps down upon the sand Axe silhouetted against the sky They brace for the hit Both masters of their craft Nothing but focus shows in either face For the first to falter Is the first to meet death’s cold embrace As the sweat begins to shine Moon rises toward the sky The stars as the only witnesses Watch from the blackness Fear not the blade of knife With Odin as your guide A false step yields the perfect time to strike And Odin will provide (Solo: Dougherty) Ride For a fire burns Inside Before the flame dies No fear for your journey Odin will provide Ride For a fire burns Inside Before the flame dies No fear for your journey Let Odin be your guide Fight With the strength of Einherjar Ignite Your fury’s side And think not of your survival For Odin will provide
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Oak 06:06
The color drained from life A crushing hopeless mist I'm standing at the edge of the abyss Possessor of ancient might Knower of the ancient light You've given but not received A rope and a branch are all I need Possessor of ancient might Knower of the ancient light You've given but not received Will you bestow these gifts on me As I climb closer toward My sweet untimely end My thoughts, they wander as I ascend My future is written in blood As I turn my gaze to the stars One last look at the world I loved Perched upon the brink with the noose around my neck I've made my choice, I won't look back And yet I'm somehow called to wait Perched upon the brink with the rope around my neck But a force unseen commands look back I see what I have left to give As I climb closer toward My sweet untimely end My thoughts, they wander as I ascend What the future holds for me As I turn my gaze to the sky One last look at the world I love And I break from the embrace of the oak Possessor of ancient might Knower of the ancient light You've given but not received Why would you bestow these gifts on me Possessor of ancient might You've looked to the ancient skies Instilling a hope in me

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North Carolina’s AETHER REALM entered the metallic arena with their deft 2013 debut release, One Chosen By The Gods – the album that put these melodic masters on the map! The nine-track opus skillfully introduced the band’s trademark folk-meets-modern metal sound and frontman Vincent “Jake” Jones’ gift for story-like lyricism, kicking off with the symphonic, multi-faceted “Hourglass” before careening into the eponymous “Aether Realm” – a track that could easily have listeners questioning the band’s American roots. The European-tinted melodic voyage carries on expeditiously with menacing charmers like “Swampwitch” and “One Chosen by the Gods”, exploring the darker elements of the album’s well-rounded offerings. The bar is truly set with technical burners such as “Winter’s Grasp”, foretelling the band’s remarkable future explorations. Solidified with grandiose epics like “Odin Will Provide” and “Oak”, it’s no wonder that One Chosen By The Gods turned the heads of future fans everywhere upon release and set AETHER REALM’s sights on a bright future.

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released January 8, 2013

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Aether Realm Asheville, North Carolina

Thor's hammer crashed to the earth with a mighty rumble. When the smoke cleared, there were some guys. Some stuff happened that set the mood, something about a quest to rock some towns, and now we play melodeath.

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