on 28 June 2007
Call Of The Wretched Sea belongs to a sub genre of music known as Funeral Doom. The tempo is very slow (in order to create an oppressive, bleak, morose, atmosphere) with heavy guitars and growled vocals akin to those used by brutal death metal bands. Ahab also use keyboards in order to add to the intensity of the overall sound.
The atmosphere on Call Of The Wretched Sea is nothing short of amazing! At times the music is extremely morose and oppressive. There are passages that sound very, very sinister, dark and portentuous of calamity. In other parts the music is poignant, eloquent and strikingly beautiful. In short this album has been a powerful emotional experience for me each time I listen to it.
The album theme is based upon captain Ahab and the hunt for Moby Dick. The lyrics compliment the music perfectly and explore obsession, revenge, insanity and impending calamity.
Fans of funeral doom bands such as Catacombs, Evoken, Tyranny, Shape Of Despair take note, Call Of The Wretched Sea is clearly something special.
on 7 July 2013
Ahab mix the slow, crawling, painfulness of Doom with plenty ambient parts and Death Metal growling to a great effect. The Melville's Moby Dick inspired lyrics are faithfully underlined by the claustrophobic and imense sound.
This is their best album and one of the best examples of what started to be called Funeral Doom Metal (check also Evoken or Esoteric).
on 6 April 2013
Well, this doesn't blow, or Suck.
Thinks should I use "Suck" in close proximity to (Moby) "Dick"?
It's just relentlessly pure True Nautik Funeral Doom. Doing exactly what it says on the tin whilst giving us a Whale of a concept album. The slow, and I mean s l o w pace of the music fits the theme perfectly.
Buy for the William Scoresby in your life.
on 30 June 2007
How do I begin to describe the glory of this album?Every single thing in this is simply amazing!From the lyrics to the guitars and the whole production generally!The first thing that attracted me in this band was their lyrical themes.It is quite unique for a funeral doom metal band to create an album based on a novel like "Moby Dick".Personally I love this book which is why I tried to listen to this album for the first time.The whole atmosphere this album creates in the listener comes straight from the darkest side of this novel!The band succeed to find the meaning of this novel which is what persistence could cause when it replaces the logic and feelings of human's thought and create the most atmospheric doom metal I've ever heard!Each intro begins with soft keyboards melodies which remind you the classic organ captains used to play years ago.The feeling of these melodies can travel you through the deepest parts of the sea and make you see the beauty and power of the oceans.From the first moment you are listening to this album you are completely lost in the pages of this fantastic novel.You feel a part of Ahab's crew and your agony of meeting the "white whale" is increasing every second!
"The guitars roll over you, drowning you as you sink into their depths. The longer you listen, the more the surface drifts away and the light recedes above. You are enveloped into its dark pressure and airless indifference, the long chords taking on haunting suitable lengths to capture the endless depths around you. That's when the expanse changes - It becomes long, slow cascading waves of power and hidden riffs that work upon your conscious, heavy and repetitively wearing away your thoughts by little pieces to be lost forever." , as has been written from a member of metal-archives.com
Ahab's "The Call Of The Wretched Sea" is the perfect choice for each metal fan despite his/her main preferences who wants something more ,something that conflates epic/atmospheric music with powerful-heavy vocals and one of the best lyrical themes under an incredible production!
"The waves rise and fall
Millions of mixed shades and shadows
Lie dreaming and silent
All what we call lives and souls
Lie dreaming... Silent... Dreaming... "
Lyrics from The Call of The Wretched Sea
on 16 July 2009
I have little to add to the other reviews posted here, except to say that the extracts from John Huston's 1956 film, featuring the voice of Gregory Peck, fit so perfectly into this extraordinary funeral doom atmosphere.
It's now not quite so hard to imagine a Moby Dick remake with a dark metal score. For that matter, perhaps Peter Jackson should rescore the Lord of the Rings trilogy to feature some of the excellent Tolkien-inspired black metal. There's more harmony - in this case, dreadful harmony - between the cultures (Hollywood versus the dark metal underground) than one might first imagine.
A final word on the percussion. That word is "overwhelming".