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AHAB : The Call Of The Wretched Sea

Another dynamic newcomer to the extreme doom death scene, AHAB are impressive in the way they combine relentless heaviness with an awesome atmosphere. Following the concept of Melville’s masterpiece 'Moby Dick', the band develop a sound that owes much to the old school doom death sound, with a very interesting atmospheric twist. The songs have a strange 'aquatic' feel, perhaps comparable to Torture Wheel, giving justice to their tag of preference: "nautic funeral doom".

AHAB manage to create on more than one occasion a wall of sound comparable to only a few (atmospheric) doom bands. Short intermittent ambient interludes add further atmosphere and contrast to the truly crushing guitar work. While their sound is mostly based on low-tuned power chords and deep grunted vocals, the addition of small elements of ambience, like e.g. the awesome lead work on stand-out track 'Old thunder' keeps the tracks interesting and challenging all way through.

While this band doesn't have much to offer in terms of originality and genre innovation, the compositions are of a very high calibre and deserve to be heard by all fans of extreme doom metal. The fact that they are signed to Napalm Records is not only a sign that there are still major labels our there believing in extreme metal, but it also acts as a deterrent for the usual excuse of the doom metal mp3 downloading youth: "I couldn’t find their album anywhere".

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Below The Sun
2. The Pacific
3. Old Thunder
4. Of The Monstrous Pictures Of Whales
5. The Sermon
6. The Hunt
7. Ahab's Oath

Duration : Approx. 67 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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