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In the dark realms of blackened death doom metal, Greh’s latest single, “Thy Breath Not Mine”, emerges as a harrowing exploration of life’s most profound thresholds. Released on February 2nd, under Earache Digital Distribution, this track delves deep into the chilling experiences of near-death and the enigmatic void of nothingness, capturing the essence of human fragility and the eternal struggle for existence.

The genesis of “Thy Breath Not Mine” is rooted in the personal and intense experiences of the band, particularly an encounter with the precipice of life and death.

“The experience was actually very intense… We described it in the lyrics as a battle between me and fictional demons,”

shares the band, revealing the depth of emotion and conflict that fuels the track. This battle is not just a metaphor but a vivid depiction of the struggle to cling to life, a theme that resonates profoundly within the song’s core.

The instrumental and vocal arrangements in “Thy Breath Not Mine” are meticulously crafted to mirror the dichotomy of life’s fleeting nature and the impending doom of death.

“The song was composed entirely by me (Gero),” emphasizing the cohesive and organic interplay between Martin’s vocals and Monne’s drumming. This synergy creates a soundscape that is both haunting and immersive, drawing listeners into the heart of Greh’s dark odyssey.

“Thy Breath Not Mine” culminates in a realization of nothingness, a concept that not only reflects the band’s philosophical musings but also serves as a cathartic release of dark and helpless moments. “In this song, too, it was important for us to wrap up a very difficult and very personal experience in a piece of song,” the band reflects, highlighting the therapeutic aspect of their creative process.

This single sets the stage for Greh’s upcoming album, “Dysphoric Devotion”, marking a significant shift in their musical trajectory. “The song definitely reflects our new direction,” the band notes, pointing to a more intense, dynamic, and organic sound that incorporates elements of black, death, doom, and a touch of post-metal. “Thy Breath Not Mine” is thus a pivotal piece within the broader narrative of the album, embodying the band’s evolving identity and artistic vision.

Despite the depth and complexity of the themes explored in “Thy Breath Not Mine”, Greh faced minimal challenges in bringing this vision to life. The band’s clarity of theme and stylistic intent facilitated a smooth creative process, resulting in a track that is both powerful and reflective. “A lot of mid-tempo, a lot more blast beats and a middle section with a dissonant guitar,” the band describes, capturing the essence of their sound.

As “Dysphoric Devotion” looms on the horizon, fans of Hexis, Heriot, and Nails can anticipate an album replete with soulful depth and unyielding rage, cementing Greh’s place in the annals of metal music.

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