AHAB
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Ahab is a German funeral doom / death-doom metal band, formed by members of Midnattsol and Endzeit. They released an EP named The Oath in 2005 and a full-length album named The Call Of The Wretched Sea in 2006. The classic novel "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville served as a source of inspiration for their music. On the artwork of the album, the style of the music is described as "nautik funeral doom". Their new album The Divinity of Oceans has been released in 2009.

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.. Album Cover 3.92 | 9 ratings
The Call of the Wretched Sea
Doom Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
The Divinity of Oceans
Doom Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.54 | 4 ratings
The Giant
Doom Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.07 | 3 ratings
The Boats of the Glen Carrig
Doom Metal 2015

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.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Oath
Doom Metal 2007

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The Stream
Doom Metal 2004

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AHAB The Oath

EP · 2007 · Doom Metal
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"The Oath" is an EP release by German doom metal act Ahab. The EP was originally self-released in 2004 on CDr format and later through Deviant Records in January 2007. The latter release is limited to 150 handnumbered 12" vinyls. So "The Oath" is basically a demo that has later been reissued as an EP.

There´s not much demo quality about this release though. It´s professionally recorded and while it´s not polished it features a suiting gloomy atmospheric production to go along with the band´s brand of ultra heavy and atmospheric funeral doom. The sound production suits the music and visa versa. The music features very heavy beats, heavy riffing (pretty intricate at times and often using harmonies), atmosperic keyboards, and deep unintelligible growling vocals (and occasionally chanting clean vocals). The tracks are cleverly composed, which is where the band really excel. They are also skilled musicians, but if the material aren´t well written, that´s usually of little use. "The Oath" features four tracks and a full playing time of 35:22 minutes. "The Hunt" and "Ahab´s Oath" would, in re-recorded versions, make it unto Ahab´s debut full-length studio album "The Call Of The Wretched Sea (2006)", while "The Stream" and the short outro track are both exclusive to this release.

"The Oath" is what I´d call a very promising first release by Ahab. A release where their fascination with Moby-Dick (the 1851 novel by Herman Melville) and the ocean in general are initiated along with their brand of atmosperic funeral doom metal. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

AHAB The Call of the Wretched Sea

Album · 2006 · Doom Metal
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Ahab are often the entryway into funeral doom metal for newcomers. Their modern clear production and their 'Moby Dick' themes are more attractive than the raw production and weirdness of Skepticism or Esoteric, two primary influences to the genre. Do I wish it was different? I guess so. I love Skepticism and Esoteric much more than Ahab. Is it really that big of a deal? No, because Ahab has its charms as well.

Look at the artwork for 'The Call of the Wretched Sea'. Then, listen to the music. You will realize that the music is as heavy as the leviathan on the cover. The production on this album really makes for a dark, ocean deep atmosphere here. And don't think for an instant that this ocean has a bunch of colorful fish and coral reef formations. This ocean is deep and dark like there's a storm brewing in the sky above the surface, and the only sea animal you might possibly see is Moby Dick though you might not want to lest he see you first and swallow you whole. Ahab play their music here on a low minor key to really boost this tone. But, not all of it is heavy guitar with a lead either. All the songs on this album start out with some atmospheric opener. "Below the Sun" in particular does a fine job of executing the atmospheric opener with an eerie, slow keyboard passage especially since it's the album's opener. Once the metal instruments kick in, it's the guitars that take the lead and evoke the album's melody. The keyboards are still there, but they're more of a background accessory. Like most funeral doom acts, Ahab layer their guitar work on this album having one taking the rhythm role and laying down all the heavy sounding riffs, and the other take the lead with some melodic sounding playing. That lead style isn't maintained throughout the entire album though, and there are lots of instances of the lead guitar sinking down and playing along side the rhythm.

'The Call of the Wretched Sea' has a nice, even flow to it. This isn't only from song to song either, but also how smoothly the songs transition in their variations. The last thing a funeral doom fan wants are songs that barely change at all. Though this album does make a few close calls, like the first section of "Below the Sun" (after the eeire intro) going on until the 4:21 mark, it makes up for it by having subsequent parts that are really interesting like a slightly faster section with a slow, yet very memorable lead. I guess the only thing I could complain about is that this concept album doesn't conclude the 'Moby Dick' tale; it just stops right in the middle of the book with "Ahab's Oath". Hopefully, Ahab can create a fitting conclusion to this tale with another album. To date, though, they haven't returned to the tale or even the dark tone of this album. The two subsequent albums by this band are all lighter sounding, which I hope they don't have if they do return to conclude this tale.

Is it the most likable funeral doom metal release out there? Not really to me. Is it very likable in its own right? Yes. 'The Call of the Wretched Sea' is worth every ounce of praise it's received and, after giving it some thought, I believe it does meet the minimal criteria to be placed in my top tier review rank. This is a very excellent album for funeral doom metal veterans and newcomers alike.

AHAB The Call of the Wretched Sea

Album · 2006 · Doom Metal
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German Funeral Doom trio Ahab reveals a plodding sound that gives an impression of the vast depths of the Ocean during this full-length debut. Inspired by Herman Melville's oft-influencing novel Moby Dick, Ahab explores the depths of the blackest of waters, in turn coming up with one of the most impressive interpretations of this tale of the murky depths to date.

You'll recognize both Daniel Droste,(the group's vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist) and guitarist Chris R. Hector as being known for their contributions to both Midnattsol and Penetralia. These two talented players join with bassist Stephan Adolph (who also contributes guitars and vocals), in order to form this behemoth of plodding doom. As the near twelve-minute "Below The Sun" sets the stage for the album with thick, weighty resonations and mournfully melodic guitar work, Ahab articulates sounds of despair that are in a word, massive.

While Ahab is not as slow as many of the Funeral Doom acts hailing from Europe at this time, the fact makes their sub-sonic buzzing and pounding that much more digestible. While "The Pacific" emotes the very essence of what the voices from below the turbulent waves must sound like, Ahab are at once mighty and foreboding.

Meanwhile the mournful, liquid harmony present during "Old Thunder" is surely sufficient to gain the respect of any lover of melancholy, saddening sounds. On "The Sermon," the group opts for more saturation than during other instances and the playing of Droste is highlighted well on the album’s closer "Ahab's Oath."

It must be said that the production here is commendable; especially the tone of the drums, there’s a lot of emphasis on a good kick drum sound, which is a crucial factor in doom, being that individual sounds, while expansive, are much easier to dissert from one another.

Ahab breaks the mold of the general theme of Doom Metal on The Call Of The Wretched Sea, and putting such a well-known story line behind this type of music certainly conjures up a lot of great mental images while listening to the record. Standard-setting in terms of creativity and delivery, this is the album that can bring Funeral Doom Metal before a much wider audience.

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