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Finnish progressive metal band External tackles alienation on a brand new song and animation video

The Finnish progressive metal collective External have released a new song, "Distant". It’s the follow-up to their previous single “Anhedonia”, released in June. In the mixing process, once again, External worked with Asger Mygind from the Danish band VOLA. The song is accompanied by an animated music video by Tuomas Kortelainen.

Julius Lehtonen tells:

“This whole project has been particularly interesting for me. The songwriting process itself was actually kind of spontaneous in nature, both musically and lyrically, and I didn’t intend to write a story of any sorts, but it still somehow ended up that way. Having the music and the lyrics written, the project really started to live a life of its own. Samuel Järvinen caught a story in the lyrics and came up with the concept for the video. The greatest of thanks belong to Tuomas Kortelainen for his beautiful animation work! I think the video really brings the song to life in an otherworldly way.

Musically, “Distant” ended up being less aggressive than “Anhedonia”. The song has a more soothing vibe, a wider range of dynamics and this kind of uniquely swinging rhythm feel. Lyrically, the song deals with introversion, feelings of disconnection and the struggle to properly communicate one's ideas."


Video by Tuomas Kortelainen

Music by Julius Lehtonen w/ Aleksi Haukkaluoma, Roger Lundberg, Samuel Järvinen

Lyrics by Julius Lehtonen

Aleksi Haukkaluoma - vocals, guitar

Roger Lundberg - guitar

Samuel Järvinen - bass

Julius Lehtonen - drums, programming

Additional synth by Asger Mygind (VOLA)

Drums recorded by Samu Oittinen (Fantom Studio)

The rest recorded by Roger Lundberg

Mixed by Asger Mygind (VOLA)

Mastered by Samu Oittinen (Fantom Studio)

Cover art by Lumi Hartikainen

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