It’s recently come to my attention how very few people know of Ahab. This is, of course, nothing short of a crime in my mind because Ahab is a band seriously deserving of praise and attention. So allow me to introduce you...
Formed back in 2004 in Germany, Ahab has a somewhat interesting niche, lyrically focusing almost entirely on the book Moby Dick, the real life events that inspired it, and the ocean in general. They describe themselves as “Nautik Funeral Doom as a result of this obsession. In 2006 they released their first album The Call Of The Wretched Sea and then in 2009 a second full-length, The Divinity Of Oceans. The track you can hear above, O Father Sea is from the latter.
Simply put, Ahab are heavy. I liken it to an elephant with it’s knee in your chest giving you a “What the hell are you gonna do about it?” face. It’s not unrelenting however, as the band employes calm, mournful passages about as often as you feel you need to come up for air. The vocals are spot on, regardless of whether their being growled over heavily distorted moments or softly crooned along with clean ones, they just fit.
Fans of Evoken and Mournful Congregation will especially take a liking to this, those who don’t like funeral doom need not apply, the undecided and everyone else should just take a few minutes to check it out. Enjoy!