(8/10) If you know Ahab than you also know what to expect. If you haven't heard of the band so far you might be on the wrong track by just looking on the colourful cover. The funeral doom, played by Ahab, includes far less colour than the cover pretends. And the packaging maybe gives you the ideas to have a new Masterdon record in hands. Wrong too.
Formed in 2004, Ahab released so far three full-length record which got pretty good feedback. Especially "The giant" was very well perceived by fans.
"The boat of the Glen Carrig" is the next strike of the four guys from Germany. Inspired by the novel of William Hope Hodgson from 1907, the album confronts the listener with quite some sonic and emotional extremes.
"The isle" is actually a quite smooth start into this emotional adventure. Kept acoustic with a certain bluesy touch you can't foresee the sonic inferno that's waiting for you. After three minutes the atmosphere changes drastically. Ahab releases the beast. Deep growls from Daniel Drost take over and mighty guitar riffs crush you. The joy of this track is the variability since the releaxed acoustic pattern comes back, just to prepare the ground for the next musical eruption.
The next tune, "The thing that made search", follows the same principle and intensifies the nightmerrish vibe.
The other three songs can easily keep the high level of songwriting. The 15 minutes long "The weedman" belongs actually to the highlights by transporting despair and emptiness.
If art, and especially music, are there to transport emotions, Ahab did an excellent job. This album is more than music. "The boat of the Glen Carrig" is an album that reflects the sphere of the novel very well. An album that gives you the shiver. It's hard to escape from this fascination.
- The isle
- The thing that made search
- Red foam (The great storm)
- The weedmen
- To mourn job
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Funeral Doom
Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015