Title: “Call Of The Wretched Sea”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 10/10/2006
Genre: Funeral Doom Metal
When you take a look at this albums cover with its image of a giant white whale surfacing over a boat of tossed sailors you will immediately think of Mastodon’s monster release “Leviathan”. However, the comparisons end with the Moby Dick artwork as the music inside is not experimental Prog-Metal but instead the morose thundering of Funeral Doom Metal. The three-man group from Germany clearly seem to be good at what they do but therein lies the problem with this brand of Metal as a whole. In Funeral Doom Metal you generally find a lot of repetition across the songs and there is really no such thing as a four or five minute song. As a matter of fact when it comes to Ahab and “TCOTWS”, every song is an epic journey into the abyss itself and runs over nine minutes. The other down side is their following in a similar theme and vibe and while truly heavy in groove there is an almost ponderous build up that does not achieve any true completion before the process begins again. The band is comprised of Chris R. Hector (guitars), Daniel Droste (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Stephan Adolph (bass, guitars, voice). Both Hector and Droste hail from the band Midnattsol (a group whose singer is the Sister of Leaves Eyes’ Liv Kristine) and the music they perform in Ahab is as far to the left as anything they do with that other band. There is nothing upbeat about Ahab and their truly depressing sound – of course they have planned it to be this way.
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