Ahab – “The Boats Of The Glen Carrig” (Napalm Records)
If you’re feeling slightly somber then Ahab are definitely not the band to reach for! Playing ponderous funeral doom that could make a rundown cemetery look like Disneyland, this grim quartet typically favor seafaring themes to match from horrifying shipwreck tales to murderous mutinies and of course, cannibalism! With an apt sound to boot, expect nothing less than hoarse guttural vocals, monster waves of crushing noise, and a rhythm that could fell a leviathan with a single, devastating blow. Never ones to let up on our suffering, these Germans go one step further on “The Boats Of The Glen Carrig”- naturally about another shipwreck which descends into yet another dark tale of desperate survival in the savage sea weed infested Sargasso Sea with the added dimension of sea monsters, be they real or otherwise. As such, the material now also lends itself to a more psychedelic feel in some places, enhanced by clean trippy vocals while elsewhere on songs like ‘The Isle’, ‘Red Foam’ and ‘The Weedmen’ the sound is actually more sludgy. With 4 out of the 5 tracks clocking in between 10 – 15 minutes long, Ahab once again manage to deliver a pulverizing dark epic of classical proportions!