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The Divinity of Oceans

  • 1. Yet Another Raft of the Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)
    2. Divinity of Oceans, The
    3. O Father Sea
    4. Redemption Lost
    5. Tombstone Carousal
    6. Gnawing Bours (Coffin's Lot)
    7. Nickerson's Theme
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 300

  • Credits

    Personnel: Daniel Droste (vocals, guitar); Christian Hector (guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Markus Stock.
    Though they're lumped in with the doom subgenre, the German group Ahab are in fact much more interesting than that. Their music owes almost nothing to Black Sabbath or St. Vitus--with its mournful baritone vocals and glacially slow drumming, it's frequently closer in spirit to Swans circa COP, GREED, and HOLY MONEY, and particularly live albums like PUBLIC CASTRATION IS A GOOD IDEA. At the same time, the literary nature of Ahab's lyrics nudges them in the direction of prog rock, though fans of Yes, Rush, or even Opeth are unlikely to find anything here they like. Daniel Droste's slow motion howls, inspired on the band's last album by MOBY DICK and on this one by Nathaniel Philbrick's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA and Owen Chase's THE WRECK OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX, are reminiscent of Michael Gira's, except when he falls back on doom metal's usual guttural growls. The music juxtaposes huge riffs with delicate keyboards, chimes, etc., creating a dynamic that's more interesting than the usual chest-beating and despair-wallowing. Furthermore, Ahab's willingness to punish the listener at length--four of this album's seven tracks pass the ten-minute mark with ease--add to the feeling of rolling endlessness inspired by the ocean. This album is artier than one might expect, and worth the attention of listeners outside the doom metal cult.

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