Finnish progressive metal collective External have released a new single, ”Against The Wind”. It’s the second single from the band’s upcoming EP ”Stillness”, and a follow-up to their previous single “Inertia”.
The two singles are the first releases from External in 2020 and come after the 2019 single ”Distant” (mixed by Asger Mygind of VOLA), released in last December. ”Against The Wind” is mixed and mastered by Samu Oittinen, who has previously worked with the likes of Insomnium, Sonata Arctica and Korpiklaani.
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Bassist and composer Samuel Järvinen tells:
”Against The Wind is a second look into the group of songs we composed during the uncertain spring of 2020. I wanted to create dialogue between something otherworldly and something organic. I took some influences from the Icelandic visionary Björk as well as Agent Fresco and even from the master of minimalism, Philip Glass.In it’s heart Against The Wind is still a catchy metal song that balances the different elements and offers the listener a familiar ground to stand on. Lyrically I wanted to talk about the relationship between the past and the present and the will to build a better future. Little did I know that the world would see certain events after I wrote the text that would color it in a very relevant light.”
Visualiser by Roger Lundberg
Music and lyrics by Samuel Järvinen
Recorded by Roger Lundberg
Drums recorded by Samu Oittinen (Fantom Studio)
Mixed and mastered by Samu Oittinen (Fantom Studio)
Aleksi Haukkaluoma – vocals, guitar
Julius Lehtonen – drums, backing vocals
Samuel Järvinen – bass guitar, synth bass, programming, backing vocals
Roger Lundberg – guitar, backing vocals
Cover art by Teemu Mikaél