Ahab is a band who beautifully mix their obsession with nautical themes and maritime stories with the deep, crushing style of the ‘funeral doom’ subgenre.
Released in 2006, The Call of the Wretched Sea has helped to further the genre’s popularity and further bring it into the mainstream. This, of course has lead to different takes on the style by newcomers from all around the globe, as well as a few from Ahab’s home country: Germany—whether it’s funeral doom whose lyrics deal with the mind, literature, spirituality, etc.
The album retells the beloved, timeless classic novel ‘Moby Dick’ and its protagonist Captain Ahab as they embark on a mission to catch the white whale, but with a very ominous, foreboding, and crushing atmosphere. The track ‘Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales’ is simply ambient whale music—yet it still has that ominous atmosphere due to the deep tones which compliment it. The aforementioned track segues into the track ‘The Sermon’, which catches the listener off guard with its startling, crashing cymbals and strong guitar notes. Roughly half of the tracks on the album exclusively feature lyrics from the book itself.
This album was my gateway to genres outside of just melodic death metal and gothic power metal: this was a deeper style of music than I had heard in my life by this point. To this day when I stop and think about all of the bands I currently listen to whose styles are outside of those two earlier-mentioned genres, I can hands-down, pinpoint this album as the one that introduced me to the more extreme styles, and further encouraged me to keep an open mind about every other style of metal.
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
Ahab on The Call Of The Wretched Sea:
Daniel Droste – Vocals, guitars, synths
Christian Hector – Guitars
Stephan Adolph – Bass, background vocals
Cornelius Althammer – Drums