Literary concept albums are not common in Metal, but once in a while there are representatives of this art and here we have one of those. Made up of members of MIDNATTSOL and ENDZEIT, the guys from AHAB deliver us an adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” and I have to admit that I have rarely heard such a good musical implementation.
AHAB has absolutely nothing to do with the sound of the above mentioned bands, because they play, no, they celebrate Funeral Doom at its finest. Extremely ponderous rhythms mix with vocals from the deepest abyss, deep tuned guitars and a an eerily dense atmosphere, which can be equated with the waves of an ocean, just like an unstoppable elemental force, with enough variety to cover the different moods of the weather, from a calm sea to a raging storm, with rolling waves and whipping rain, punishing hailstones, one can almost feel the wind in the hair and taste the salty water..
“The Call Of The Wretched Sea” is definitely not for the troubled, cause the depressing mood which is built here with the epic dimensions of the story (even if you don’t understand a word, you can feel the story), can turn even a sunny day into dark grey maelstrom of deep hanging clouds and cold rain. But AHAB do not sound dreary at all, cause they vary the tempo and build very melodic passages into their long songs (with an average of 9.5 minutes, where in the end “Ahab’s Oath” lasts for 15 minutes), in “The Sermon” we even get to hear outtakes from the classic movie with Gregory Peck.
AHAB’s debut is not at all easy to digest, but he who feels himself drawn to these ponderous sounds, will get with “The Call Of The Wretched Sea” one of the atmospherically densest and most oppressive materials in Funeral Doom, that will haunt you for a long time… (Online September 15, 2006)