Ahab – “The Giant”

Ahab – “The Giant” (Napalm Records)

Ahab are a German funeral doom death band with a fascination for grim seafaring tales like ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Essex’ (where adrift whalers resort to cannibalism) on which they base their woeful albums. This time around they are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym’, which contains even more gruesome tales of cannibalism, as well as shipwrecks, mutiny and being attacked by island natives! Inspirations aside, musically “The Giant” certainly lives up to its name: massive, crushing riffs mixed with the hoarse, tortured vocals of Daniel Droste weighed down by leaden rhythms. There is only the slightest hint of melody in Christian Hector’s solos but that too is melancholic and only adds to the depressing tones of songs like ‘Fathoms Deep Blue’, ‘Aeons Elapse’ and ‘Antarctica The Polymorphess’, which could easily send someone over the edge. Definitely not an album to take to the seaside!

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