New Hampshire post-metal trio Girih is proud to premiere their new album, Eigengrau – which comes out today – alongside a track-by-track commentary from the band.

Girih, which consists of Alex Paul, Brian Luttrell, and Jeremy Dingman, spent six months crafting the tone and direction of the band before even beginning to write material. Which brings us to Eigengrau, a post-rock-metal-part-instrumental work you can now jam below.


“Haumea”

When we were writing this, we knew fairly early on that this would be the opener to the album. It has a very delicate opening that lets us unfold our sound onto the listener, and it really sets the stage for the rest of the album. There is an overarching story to the whole album, but it’s up to the listener to discover it.

“Sinneslöchen”

“Sinneslochen” is definitely the most metal-influenced track. We spent a decent amount of time playing with the timings and how it would build. The silence in this song always gives the listener a bit of a chill and a key / mode shift in the middle keeps that eerie feel.

“Eigengrau”

This was the first full song we wrote as a band after months of experimenting with sounds and textures. The main loop is the first piece that we kept, and it all blossomed from there. We used a piano on the track in the studio, and it gives it a vibe of sad nostalgia, which is a really interesting contrast to the rest of the song.

Vorer

This was the last song we wrote for the album. It came together very rapidly and has some of the most switching between leads and rhythms. It’s a contrasting and dark piece, and the ending always comes in like a freight train.

“Chihiro”

Between the rhythmic opening leading into a slow hypnotic build and shifting sections that guide the listener down a journey, the track is a challenge to play. We are stacking layers and building something just to tear it out from under the listener.

“Xolotl”

We came up with the 4/4 over 5/8 groove, and it gives it a very circular vibe that feels like its circling around the listener. We used a Hammond organ on the record and let the whole track envelope you at the end. The last sounds are an amp running out of power, and it is always a great ending live, too.

Features

Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.

By

Full Feature
Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.

By

Photo by Ashley Osborn

Full Feature
Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.

By

Photo by Alex Krauss

Full Feature
All Features