“Mitch Lucker was one of the biggest reasons I started screaming” – Distant’s Alan Grnja reveals his story as a metal vocalist 

Author Arto Mäenpää - 26.11.2023

Distant – the multinational down-tempo/deathcore juggernaut from Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and the Slovak Republic released their third full-length “Heritage” via Century Media Records on February 10th. The band has become one of the prominent faces of European deathcore melding together brutal death metal, slam, noise and beatdown with a hyper-dissonant orchestra of impending doom. “Heritage”, the quintet’s Century Media debut and third installment of bone crushing, thick-as-concrete heaviness, takes their trademark “Downtempo/Deathcore” and pushes it into the red. “It’s low and slow,” smirks vocalist Alan Grnja, describing the band’s sound. “Musically, lyrically, we try to travel the uncharted and come up with something you can only call DISTANT.

Produced by the band’s guitarist Nouri Yetgin and Within Destruction guitarist Howard Fang plus co-producer Simone Pietroforte, “Heritage” is Distant‘s coming of age and reckoning moment. “This is the perfect DISTANT record,” says Alan. “I want it to be a genre-defining album in the same way ‘The Cleansing’ was for Suicide Silence – I would say this album is for us.

The band played two shows in Finland in November when the band opened for Lorna Shore on their Pain Remains tour in Helsinki, Finland on November 9th and in Tampere, Finland on November 10th. Chaoszine sat down with Alan Grnja before the sold-out show at Pakkahuone in Tampere and discussed about his career as a metal vocalist from the very early days until present. You can watch the entire video interview below:

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You can listen to Distant‘s latest “Heritage” album in full below: