Tracklist - The call of the wretched sea
- 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
EMP Editorial Team (25.09.2006)
I guess everybody has seen or read Moby Dick in his youth. For Ahab this classic was the basis for their work and their debut album "The call of the wretched sea". Yet, hardly anybody would have guessed that this story could be transferred in such a gloomy and threatening way. Imagine the scenery in which the huge whale appears out of the sea in a deep, dark night and slowly swallows the people. Ahab plays Funeral Doom, a completely gloomy and almost occult variant of Doom Metal. The music is performed in slow motion speed, low tuned riffs dominate the picture while singer, guitarist and keyboardist Daniel Droste growls with his profound voice. Wouldn't they have chosen the term Funeral Doom I would relate this to the Nordish cold of the first Black Metal albums and the unbelievably haunting melodies performed by Amorphis on their "Tales from the thousand lakes" opus, just much, much slower. The result literally sweeps you off your feet!
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I close my eyes and picture the bottomless depths of the blackest of oceans. A peacefull serenity conquers the waters as the music advances..but then...suddenly... the whale- as white as pearl- emerges,...and thats it... the music of ahab...is the thunder in the sky that starts the great thunderstorm...Man, beast and nature....all three in an eternal war....that is what ahab s music means to me....
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