Yonder Realm is a Long Island based folk metal band, fusing elements of heavy metal, folk music and classical music all in one. Not only is folk metal a unique genre, but it especially different when you hear it from these guys. The bands originality and stage presence sets them apart in a lane on their own. A fresh and truly original act, Yonder Realm is deserves to be an Artist You Should Know.
The band formed in 2009 as the side project of members Jesse McGinnugle and Edward Delinden. Their demo Reclaiming the Throne (Of Madness) was released in 2009, and the band acquired bass player Harley Wootton and guitar player Jorge Dominguez shortly after in 2010, making them a quartet. The band would soon go through lineup changes when original members Edward Delinden and Harley Wootton parted ways with the band and were filled in by drummer Scott Burgess and bass player Adam Carella, completing the first official lineup of Yonder Realm. Soon after, Yonder Realm began working on their first EP and wrapped up recording in the summer of 2011. The EP was titled Beyond a Long Lost World and was released on October 7th of the same year. While on stage, the band play many string instruments, and pianos through backing tracks, making the group decide they would need a keyboardist/violin player. Dana (formerly of Praetorian) heard the call and decided to audition for the band, becoming a permanent member in early 2012.
After sharing the stage with some of the top acts in folk metal such as Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Turisas, Sonata Arctica, Arkona, Moonsorrow, Tyr, Swashbuckle, just to name a few, the band would soon embark on a journey to play Semana del Rock Fest in Quito Ecuador. Upon their return, the band spent no time in getting back in the studio to make new music, recording their debut album The Old Ways in late 2013. The band parted ways with drummer Scott Burgess, who was later filled in by Carcinogen vocalist Johnny Geirak, making this their permanent lineup since then. Their debut album The Old Ways was released on August 30th, 2014.
To hear their album The Old Ways, you can purchase it on iTunes or listen to some tracks on their YouTube.
We were able to catch the band rock out at The Trash Bar, check it out: