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Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Call of the Wretched Sea

Posted on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Call of the Wretched Sea
Label: Napalm
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Call of the Wretched Sea, The
With artwork not dissimilar to Mastodon's Leviathan and a general theme that's even more Melville-ian, one might think that German doom-dealers Ahab are attempting to create a complementary seascape of heaviness. Not quite. While Mastodon picked up on the soul-crushing undercurrent of Moby Dick, the crew of Ahab (which claims two members of Midnattsol, along with an ex-member of Endzeit) toils within a genre known as 'German funeral doom.â?� In other words, if regular old doom metal wasn't wrenchingly punishing enough for you, make it German and put it at a funeral. Thus, The Wretched Sea is the sound (if not the story) of a dirty, hungry and spiritually corrupt crew stuck on a boat in a horrible storm with nothing to eat but dead rats and moldy bread. Super-slow, super-low and relentlessly guttural, if Mastodon had released this album, they would never have seen the inside of a major label's offices.

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