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External is an eclectic metal act based in Parkano/Tampere, Finland. Having their roots in traditional thrash metal, External have since abandoned the idea of genre boundaries and are drifting towards more diverse and progressive spheres. These young musicians approach music with open minds and the greatest of passion.
Now in 2018, they are ready to share their debut album with like-minded, adventurous listeners.
More About The New Album "The Blurry Horizon"
Previously External have released a few notably thrash-influenced demos and singles. Their first full-length album, ”The Blurry Horizon”, is a diverse musical journey with a relatively wide scale of influences. While having a large gap between the musical extremities and different moods, the album still maintains a certain level of coherency by using repeated motifs throughout. Partially exploring somewhat progressive and perhaps complex spheres, the song material still doesn't sacrifice accessibility, making it enjoyable for many kinds of listeners.
Lyrically the album discusses human nature in the modern digital age - our relationship with phenomena such as social media and artificial intelligence. Despite the obvious benefits of these things, when digging deeper to the subject, some definite ugly sides are revealed. Whereas technology is moving fast forward, that might not be the case for humanity as a species.
1. The Escapist (4:25) Music & lyrics by Julius Lehtonen
2. I Through Eyes Can See (4:00) Music by Aleksi Haukkaluoma w/ Julius Lehtonen, Rasmus Ruuttila Lyrics by Aleksi Haukkaluoma
3. Parasight (6:36) Music by Julius Lehtonen w/ Aleksi Haukkaluoma Lyrics by Julius Lehtonen
4. Rusting Out (8:35) Music by Julius Lehtonen w/ Aleksi Haukkaluoma Lyrics by Julius Lehtonen
5. Slave of One's Own Creation (6:07) Music & lyrics by Julius Lehtonen
6. The Beautiful Void (6:56) Music by Julius Lehtonen w/ Aleksi Haukkaluoma Lyrics by Julius Lehtonen
External Band & Album Artist
Aleksi Haukkaluoma - vocals and guitar | Julius Lehtonen - drums, programming, minor guitar and backing growls | Samuel Järvinen - bass | Henri Kymäläinen - minor guitar
Anna Lampela - additional vocals | Elias Nieminen - orchestral arrangements and programming | Mikko Tuovinen - additional synth production
Drums recorded by Heikki Malmberg/HWH Music Production The rest recorded by Aleksi Haukkaluoma and Julius Lehtonen at Haukkaluoma's Navetta
Mixed by Janne Korpela Mastered by Heikki Malmberg
Album cover art by Pinja Sietiö Photography by Peero Lakanen
External Singles & EP's
Behind the song: Slave Of One's Own Creation
This particular song is not a very new one. It has existed in some form for quite some time,
and has gone through multiple phases of reformation. Julius' goal has been to achieve a piece that is kind of accessible and familiar, but still diverse and interesting. The song has some familiar rock riffage and catchy
melody lines – But the song structure, for example, is more calculated than ever. The structure itself isn't anything revolutional, but somewhat dynamic and progressive. For example, the first two verses have different keys and they follow different rhythmical feels. The function of this kind of progression is to keep the song interesting throughout
its running time of six minutes.
We also decided to experiment with some synths, adding an extra fresh taste in the mix. The synths also go hand-in-hand with the lyrical theme of the song. Lyrically Julius has taken thought on digitalization, the main point of view being how machines could take our place as the most intelligent species of this planet.
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