AHAB - The Call Of The Wretched Sea

Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea

7 songs
67:38 minutes
***** ***


Six songs ranging from ten to thirteen minutes plus a two minute short instrumental... German funeral doom band Ahab take their genre very seriously. Heavily inspired by Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick and named after that book's captain, the three-piece delivers over an hour full of dirges that are certain to make you feel sad and depressed. Unlike American contemporary doom bands like Sunn 0))) and other Southern Lord artists, Ahab never play doom for the sake of being as heavy and slow as possible. Instead there are rather parallels to early My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, meaning that Ahab play a kind of very slow death metal with melodic guitar lines and occasional moody keyboards that add necessary atmosphere.

The Call Of The Wretched Sea is a respectable debut album by a very promising band. The concept is already more developed than the music itself, but then no one ever expected ten-plus minutes epics to be accessible pop tunes. This wouldn't be the intention anyway. Although I prefer the musically more extreme American kind of ultra doom, Ahab still managed to release a melodic funeral doom album that reminds me at times of the similar sounding (yet more melodic) Swallow The Sun from Finland. Doom metal fans should watch out for these molten lava essays on Moby Dick.

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