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Ahab - The Divinity Of Oceans

8.4 | 246 votes |
Release date: 22 July 2009
Style: Funeral doom metal


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01. Yet Another Raft Of The Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)
02. The Divinity Of Oceans
03. O Father Sea
04. Redemption Lost
05. Tombstone Carousal
06. Gnawing Bones (Coffin's Lot)
07. Nickerson's Theme

The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album Of 2009

Daniel Droste - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Christian Hector - guitars
Cornelius Althammer - drums
Stephan Wandernoth - bass

Additional info
Recorded and produced by Althammer.
Drums recorded by Jan Dehling.
Mixed and mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E.
Cover painting: "Le Radeau de la Meduse" by T. Gericault (1791-1824).
Back painting: "Saturn verschlingt eines seiner Kinder" by Rubens (1577-1640).
Layout and artwork by Hector.
Proofreading and translations by Carl Begai.
Band pictures by Severin Schweiger.

Staff review by
Way back in 2006 Ahab released The Call Of The Wretched Sea, a crushing funeral doom album based on Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick". The album went on to win the Metal Storm Award in the Extreme Doom Metal category.

So how would 2009's follow up, The Divinity Of Oceans stack up?

For starters, the nautical theme continues with this album. The Divinity Of Oceans is based on "The Loss Of The Ship Essex, Sunk By A Whale" by Owen Chase and Thomas Nickerson. The book is about the horrors suffered by the crew of the Essex after the ship was sunk by a whaleů some 20 sailors spent 90 days floating around the South Pacific, thousands of miles from home and hundreds of miles from land in small wooden boats. The book was also the inspiration for the climactic scene of "Moby Dick".

published 25.08.2009 | Comments (31)

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31.05.2011 - 02:38
Rating: 10
Zender 1.8
The Greatest Funeral Doom Metal band alive!!
12.10.2011 - 15:56
Frost Beast
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Great stuff, slow and atmospheric. I liked the soft parts as much as the heavy ones, and I enjoyed the growls which sounded very organic.
20.07.2012 - 17:32

That"s the Doom forever
02.02.2014 - 17:35
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
This record is as brilliant as its predecessor. Getting caught between the haunting atmosphere and the crushing riffs is akin to being caught between Scylla and Charybdis. And just as deadly.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
07.02.2015 - 21:21
Rating: 9
proofread free
This was when the Post-rock and the Funeral Doom where in perfect balance ... The Giant was sort of a disappointment after the brilliance of their first couple of albums.
He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
08.02.2015 - 12:05
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
Written by InnerSelf on 07.02.2015 at 21:21

This was when the Post-rock and the Funeral Doom where in perfect balance ... The Giant was sort of a disappointment after the brilliance of their first couple of albums.

Calling it disappointment will be harsh.

The Giant was a good record but you use to have a flavour of The Divinity Of Oceans. Not your problem, anyone saying The Giant was bit letdown is expecting much higher than their predecessors.

Intially, i got to be in same camp as disliking new Ahab but later I realized it isn't bad at all.
30.08.2015 - 14:44
Rating: 7
High Fist Prog
Not nearly as captivating as their debut. While partially due to the instrumentation, I thick the lackluster production is mostly responsible.
15.07.2017 - 17:51
Rating: 8
Not as good as a debut, but still enjoyable.
02.10.2017 - 20:06
Rating: 8
ex-News Man
Such a great performance

20.12.2018 - 00:31
Tyrannical Hero
Super Normal
Dat opening track
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.

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