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Release date: 2006
Style: Funeral doom metal

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01. Below The Sun
02. The Pacific
03. Old Thunder
04. Of The Monstrous Pictures Of Whales
05. The Sermon
06. The Hunt
07. Ahab's Oath

The best Extreme Doom Metal album of 2006

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Lyrics (7)


Line-up
Daniel Droste - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Christian Hector - guitars
Stephan Adolph - bass, backing vocals

Session musicians
Cornelius "Dementum" Althammer - drums


Additional info
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Adolph.
Produced by Stephan Adolph and Ahab.
Cover painting: "Moby Dick" by Kinuko Y. Craft.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
9.4
I bet many of you know the story of Moby Dick that traumatized Ahab and eversince Ahab swore to lead this whale to its doom for all the suffering it caused him, yet the only doom that was lurking was his own and his men that followed him in this dreadful journey in the shadows of the sea, to finally find themselves in the depths of the ocean, in oblivion. But how would it seem to you if a funeral doom metal band covered musically and lyrically this story? I believe it would seem obscure to most of you, but not until you listen to Ahab's debut album, "The Call Of The Wretched Sea". All the answers lie in there and all the signs lead to only one conclusion, this German trio knows how to create overwhelming funeral doom that will strike you down to the lowest parts of the sea.

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published 04.10.2006 | Comments (33)

Guest review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
9.2
Have you ever sat in your back yard at night staring up at the stars when you suddenly come to the unfortunate realization that your life is completely pitiful and insignificant? What? You haven't? Then I assume you have never heard this album!

Funeral doom... that's that really boring genre with no face-melting solos and the guitars going too slow, right? Wrong! The name of the game here is atmosphere, and never have I heard a band set up such a perfect atmosphere. Being a man who generally appreciates ferocious riffs above anything else, the word "atmospheric" generally doesn't attract me to an album, but after hearing "The Call Of The Wretched Sea" my eyes were opened to a whole new power some music can have. The tranquil, yet ominous, grandiose guitar leads, interspersed with the occasional heavy chugging "heave-ho!" type rhythm based sections would have made a great instrumental album on its own, but it doesn't end there. Laced in between the fantastic guitar work is some grotesque (albeit fairly unremarkable) growls, and some Gregorian-chant like clean vocals, that both really do justice to the type of scenes they are trying to portray. Now lets not forget the drumming! Though it usually plays its part effectively, yet fairly predictably - slow and thundering, occasionally you'll hear some great speed put into the drum work, while managing to maintain the tempo at a crushingly depressing crawl.

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published 30.06.2009 | Comments (9)

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Got Mayhem? - 15.05.2010 at 17:32  
Rating: 10 Probably one of the most accessible Funeral Doom albums out there that somehow manages to lose none of it's crushing power. Very highly recommended, especially if you're not already familiar with the genre. Perfect mix between melody and extremity.
Doc Godin - 15.05.2010 at 18:16  
Rating: 10
Written by Got Mayhem? on 15.05.2010 at 17:32

Probably one of the most accessible Funeral Doom albums out there that somehow manages to lose none of it's crushing power. Very highly recommended, especially if you're not already familiar with the genre. Perfect mix between melody and extremity.

Agreed. Doom is definitely not my top genre pick, but...well, I think my review for it says it all.
Daniell - 26.10.2010 at 21:11  
Rating: 10 Surprisingly, I think that doom in general is a very demanding genre. You have very little means to keep listeners' attention. You can't flood them with solos, millions of riffs etc. It takes immense talent to create something truly riveting and engaging. Ahab excelts at that on both albums.
Easily among of 10 best doom bands that have ever graced the face of the earth.
advent - 10.12.2010 at 05:34  
Rating: 10
Written by Daniell on 26.10.2010 at 21:11

Surprisingly, I think that doom in general is a very demanding genre. You have very little means to keep listeners' attention. You can't flood them with solos, millions of riffs etc. It takes immense talent to create something truly riveting and engaging. Ahab excelts at that on both albums.
Easily among of 10 best doom bands that have ever graced the face of the earth.

Just totally agree with you.
Boxcar Willy - 20.06.2012 at 01:13  
  Fantastically crushing album.
InnerSelf - 15.10.2012 at 15:05  
Rating: 9 Awesome cover of The Hunt and a really cool video
Góral - 21.04.2013 at 01:58  
Rating: 9 "The Hunt" - this song haunts me continuously for several days. I hear it everywhere - in the shop, in the cinema, while a lecture, in a toilet.. Am I going to crazy or is this music simply outstanding? Or maybe a both..
Lit. - 11.09.2013 at 12:06  
  Beautifully crushing. That riff from Below The Sun just haunts me.
And also reminds me of this for some reason. I suppose it's fitting, considering it's also the music to an underwater cave called the Shoal Cave.

Drown.
NocturnalStalker - 01.02.2014 at 18:49  
Rating: 9 I think it wouldn't be an exaggeration to call this album one of the jewels of funeral doom metal. At least, it is exactly that in my eyes. The atmosphere of doom permeates me with every passing second on this long musical journey.

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