Finnish External bends genres on their futuristic new single ”Inertia”

Finnish progressive metal collective External have released a new single, ”Inertia”. It’s the follow-up to their previous single “Distant” (mixed by Asger Mygind of VOLA), released in last December. The song is the first single from External’s upcoming new EP ”Stillness” out later this year. The single is mixed and mastered by Samu Oittinen, who has previously worked with the likes of Insomnium, Sonata Arctica and Korpiklaani.



Listen to “Inertia”


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Julius Lehtonen tells:

”During the uncertain spring of 2020, we had a bunch of music manifested out of nowhere while in isolation. We were actually in the middle of the writing sessions for our second album, but then the world just stopped, and the situation kind of inspired a whole new sound for us. Inertia is a good example of that – It’s not that metal or even progressive in the typical sense, but it seamlessly blends together lots of different influences that might initially seem far from what we typically do. The song is a fusion of modern prog, hip hop beats and piano lines evocative of modern third stream jazz as well as contemporary classical music.”


Visualiser by Samuel Järvinen, Roger Lundberg

Music and lyrics by Julius Lehtonen

Recorded by Roger Lundberg

Drums recorded by Samu Oittinen (Fantom Studio)

Mixed and mastered by Samu Oittinen (Fantom Studio)

String arrangements by Elias Nieminen

Aleksi Haukkaluoma – vocals, guitar

Julius Lehtonen – drums, programming

Samuel Järvinen – synth bass

Roger Lundberg – piano, sound design

Cover art by Teemu Mikaél