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Ahab - The Divinity Of Oceans (8,5/10) - Germany - 2009

Genre: Doom Metal / Death Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 67:36
Band homepage: Ahab

Tracklist:

  1. Yet Another Raft Of The Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)
  2. The Divinity Of Oceans
  3. O Father Sea
  4. Redemption Lost
  5. Tombstone Carousal
  6. Gnawing Bones (Coffin's Lot)
  7. Nickerson's Theme

I maintain my stance that there are few topics more suited for Funeral Doom Metal than whales. Enter German AHAB and their second effort “The Divinity Of Oceans”, successor to their immensely popular debut “The Call Of The Wretched Sea” from 2006, this time a concept album about the American whale ship Essex that sunk after an attack by a sperm whale, forcing the surviving crew members to resort to cannibalism in order to survive, an actual true story that provides an almost perfect backdrop for the behemoth of a sound the South Germans are weaving and actually the inspiration for Hermann Melville’s classic “Moby Dick”.

 

All of the trademarks of the debut basically are back, the lava-like riffs, the sad lead guitar, the very, very deep growls of Daniel Droste and the ultra slow-motion riffing, all meshed together into an intense and desperate slab of Doom that has the potential to crush your spirit and send it swirling down to the bottom of the ocean (aka Davey Jones’ Locker). “Yet Another Raft Of The Medusa (Pollard’s Weakness)” is a prime example of what awaits us here, a snare every four seconds, whale-like riffs, some mourning clear vocals giving some relief from the grinding growl, “The Divinity Of Oceans” definitely is a mood album that you won’t be able to just pop in at any given time, because this demands all of your attention.

 

It also is another one of these albums that teeters on the narrow ledge between cohesion and repetitiveness, as there is not a huge variety between the single songs, but at the same time everything ties into the concept, elegiac, with these distinct abyssic growls and this oppressive atmosphere that befits the storyline, with “Gnawing Bones (Coffin’s Lot)” being the highlight of this, where the desperation is almost palpable through the music, now that’s what I call involving the listener.

 

With their second effort AHAB once more put the “fun” into Funeral Doom and will surely please any genre fan. If you do not like your music agonizingly slow and generally dislike growls, then “The Divinity Of Oceans” will remain a book with seven seals (no, no nautical pun intended) and you should stay away from it.

(Online April 20, 2010)

Alexander Melzer



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