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Release date: 25 May 2012
Style: Funeral doom metal, Post-metal

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01. Further South
02. Aeons Elapse
03. Deliverance (Shouting At The Dead)
04. Antarctica The Polymorphess
05. Fathoms Deep Below
06. The Giant
07. Time's Like Molten Lead [Limited digipack & vinyl bonus]
08. Evening Star [Vinyl bonus]

The best Extreme Doom Metal album of 2012

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Line-up
Daniel Droste - vocals, guitars
Christian Hector - guitars
Stephan "Norz" Wandernoth - bass
Cornelius "Dementum" Althammer - drums

Guest musicians
Herbrand Larsen - vocals on "Antarctica The Polymorphess" and "The Giant"
Peter "LJ" Eifflaender - guitars on "Fathoms Deep Below"


Additional info
Produced by Ahab & Jens Siefert.
Recorded at Überwälder Klangdressur, Grasellenbach during January and February 2012.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jens Siefert at Überwälder Klangdressur.
Artwork by Sebastian Jerke.

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Troy Killjoy - 25.11.2011 at 09:13  
Rating: 6

There's never been a more appropriate time for me to use this.
-DC-002- - 29.11.2011 at 09:32  
Rating: 8 ... My body is ready.
Troy Killjoy - 29.11.2011 at 09:50  
Rating: 6
Written by -DC-002- on 29.11.2011 at 09:32
My body is ready.

It has to be if you're going to listen to this. Ahab can fuck you so deep it touches your soul.
-DC-002- - 30.11.2011 at 02:35  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.11.2011 at 09:50

Written by -DC-002- on 29.11.2011 at 09:32
My body is ready.

It has to be if you're going to listen to this. Ahab can fuck you so deep it touches your soul.


Chea! they are not so gentle a lover.
BitterCOld - 13.01.2012 at 18:39  
Rating: 8 From facebook...

"AHAB - ‎10 days left until we enter the recording studio."

\m/
InnerSelf - 13.01.2012 at 21:20  
 
Written by BitterCOld on 13.01.2012 at 18:39

From facebook...

"AHAB - ‎10 days left until we enter the recording studio."

\m/


Great ! I really need this
Daniell - 13.01.2012 at 21:30  
Rating: 7 Hopefully, there's a masterpiece in the making. After all, Ahab has a rare ability to make the most of the least number of sounds. Listen to the second half of "Tombstone Carousal" to see what I mean.



EDIT: and now for the inevitable, "Ahab's Oath", the heaviest song in the history of mankind. Let the neighbours suffer
Chobo_jokeR - 14.01.2012 at 06:47  
Rating: 8 Just really started appreciating their music...I'm definitely ready for this new release.
InnerSelf - 03.03.2012 at 00:53  
  Album teaser online .... :drooling:
@gent_-_orange - 03.03.2012 at 01:36  
  I really wish Ahab would return to the murky production of their debut, The production to me seemed very clean on the 2nd record IMO and it seems this album will sound similar judging by the teaser above. Its a shame IMO because the first record had an excellent gloomy atmosphere around it that was still present on the 2nd record but nowhere near as strong (I still enjoy that album mind). All in all I'm still eagerly awaiting this.
Chobo_jokeR - 03.03.2012 at 06:28  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 03.03.2012 at 00:53

Album teaser online .... :drooling:


Absolutely cannot wait for this album. Its going to be unbelievable.
-DC-002- - 03.03.2012 at 10:49  
Rating: 8 Sounding good.
Zender 1.8 - 04.03.2012 at 22:07  
  We're waiting.....AHAB fucking RULES \\m//
BoxCar Willy - 29.04.2012 at 16:32  
  Hmm, Never really listened to them, but the preview sounded good to me.

I'll probably pick this up just for the album art.
Mr. Doctor - 29.04.2012 at 16:42  
 
Written by BoxCar Willy on 29.04.2012 at 16:32

Hmm, Never really listened to them, but the preview sounded good to me.

I'll probably pick this up just for the album art.


I'm going to make my bet that the two previous will still completely OWN this one if the s/t song that god published in the news is something to go by. I don't even like the artwork that much. It seems like Ahab went to the postmetal-wagon so fast that I can't help to think they did it because it's a popular kind of metal nowdays.

At least we still have the brilliant debut which stands as the best metal portrait of the ocean.
BoxCar Willy - 29.04.2012 at 16:45  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.04.2012 at 16:42

Written by BoxCar Willy on 29.04.2012 at 16:32

Hmm, Never really listened to them, but the preview sounded good to me.

I'll probably pick this up just for the album art.


I'm going to make my bet that the two previous will still completely OWN this one if the s/t song that god published in the news is something to go by. I don't even like the artwork that much. It seems like Ahab went to the postmetal-wagon so fast that I can't help to think they did it because it's a popular kind of metal nowdays.

At least we still have the brilliant debut which stands as the best metal portrait of the ocean.

Like I said, I havent heard their first albums, but I might want to check this out, even if it is a departure from their earlier sound.

And how can you not love that artwork?! It's stunning
Mr. Doctor - 29.04.2012 at 16:47  
 
Written by BoxCar Willy on 29.04.2012 at 16:45

And how can you not love that artwork?! It's stunning


I remember saying that I liked... but it just feels so far away from what the band plays. It looked far more fitting for a stoner mastodon-like band. It feels awkward that it's under the Ahab name. It's quite a silly reason to "dislike" it, I'm aware of that.
BoxCar Willy - 29.04.2012 at 16:49  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.04.2012 at 16:47

Written by BoxCar Willy on 29.04.2012 at 16:45

And how can you not love that artwork?! It's stunning


I remember saying that I liked... but it just feels so far away from what the band plays. It looked far more fitting for a stoner mastodon-like band. It feels awkward that it's under the Ahab name. It's quite a silly reason to "dislike" it, I'm aware of that.

I see what you mean, it's like if a John Baizley cover appeared on a BM band, that wouldn't fit
Mr. Doctor - 29.04.2012 at 16:51  
 
Written by BoxCar Willy on 29.04.2012 at 16:49

I see what you mean, it's like if a John Baizley cover appeared on a BM band, that wouldn't fit


Pretty much. But now I'm pretty sure I'm going to see that sooner or later.
BoxCar Willy - 29.04.2012 at 16:52  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.04.2012 at 16:51

Written by BoxCar Willy on 29.04.2012 at 16:49

I see what you mean, it's like if a John Baizley cover appeared on a BM band, that wouldn't fit


Pretty much. But now I'm pretty sure I'm going to see that sooner or later.

Kvlertak was close enough.
advent - 06.05.2012 at 01:31  
  Listened to 3 songs till now,, it's not pure doom any more, but it's fine , need the whole album to judge.
Grimskallen - 06.05.2012 at 13:24  
  I heard samples and I already know this will be good.
Justicelust - 12.05.2012 at 15:14  
  I heard two songs, The Giant, and Antarctica The Polymorphess. God they are so deep and beautiful I am eagerly waiting for this giant album.
The Melting Snow - 21.05.2012 at 21:22  
Rating: 8 Listening to the song Deliverance right now, deep, soulful, melodic. loving it.
Verdun_sc - 22.05.2012 at 05:23  
Rating: 9 I'm on track 5 and loving it, so far. Perhaps my favorite Ahab record. [which I suppose isnt that surprising cause I've never been a big Funeral Doom fan, and this is definitely not pure funeral doom.]
Chobo_jokeR - 22.05.2012 at 06:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Verdun_sc on 22.05.2012 at 05:23

I'm on track 5 and loving it, so far. Perhaps my favorite Ahab record. [which I suppose isnt that surprising cause I've never been a big Funeral Doom fan, and this is definitely not pure funeral doom.]


Not really any funeral left at all.
Troy Killjoy - 22.05.2012 at 07:26  
Rating: 6
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 22.05.2012 at 06:58
Not really any funeral left at all.

This makes me sad.

Still have to listen and judge for myself... but I was hoping they'd at least retain some elements from their debut.
Mr. Doctor - 22.05.2012 at 09:17  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.05.2012 at 07:26

Written by Chobo_jokeR on 22.05.2012 at 06:58
Not really any funeral left at all.

This makes me sad.

Still have to listen and judge for myself... but I was hoping they'd at least retain some elements from their debut.


The (de-)evolution of Ahab's sound has to be the most forced, awkward and overall dissapointing I've heard in a while. They just jumped in the "ambient post-metal/sludge" bandwagon in such a rush without a steady and gradual change in their sound... Like I said, it's forced.
I don't think I'm overreacting when I say that this is just to attract easy fans since that genre is hella trendy these days.
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.05.2012 at 14:48  
Rating: 8 Hugely enjoyable album. Definitely not as pure-post as I thought it would be (or as much as others are suggesting). Generally some very spacey and melodic music with a nice doom vein running through it. The clean vocals are particularly excellent, as are the growls, however though the weird gargling bellows on the second track are horrific and embarrassing. That aside though, extremely competent record, certainly nothing awkward or forced about it at all, very confident sounding melding of post and doom.

Also, when was it made law that bands had to have some kind of transition album to have their current work considered valid? This album DOES have the qualities that make such an album; it's a mixture of doom and post, not a post-metal album. People will inevitably be disappointed with this though, and the fact I was never as crazy about old Ahab as some others would explain why I'm more receptive to this.
InnerSelf - 22.05.2012 at 15:07  
  I second what Rod said, this was a huge disappointment to me after the first couple of listens. It sounded empty, unfocused and sometimes even stale.
While the first two had the crushing impact of the ocean this is almost as crushing as a backyard swimming pool.
that being said, I haven't given up on the album yet, much more listens will come ahead and maybe it'll click.
Chobo_jokeR - 22.05.2012 at 16:09  
Rating: 8 It needs a few more listens, but overall...I enjoyed it. It's not nearly as good as their previous two, but this album is still good (in its own right). Hopefully I get a chance to hear the two bonus tracks...maybe there is something special hidden in them.
Unhealer - 23.05.2012 at 22:02  
Rating: 8 Yep. Now that they stepped away from funeral doom, as you said, I'm really enjoying this album.
I plan on fully digesting this one and re-checking their previous efforts though.
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 03:17  
Rating: 6 I still don't know what to make of this album. After one listen, I'm not a big fan of the new style. In fact, I just flat-out think it's boring.

While the music still crawls along at a snail's pace, that is pretty much the only funeral doom element left.* Aside from that, it's all post-metal from here. This could have worked if they retained their typical crushing production, but this time around the music sounds so thin I can't help but feel as if something was lost in the recording process. Like maybe something was misinterpreted or misunderstood.

The pseudo-melodies create a decent atmosphere, which has some depressive undertones (I guess that's a doom element as well), but on the whole each song takes way too long to establish itself, slowly plodding along with banal intros before ending with pretty much the same level of meandering. There just isn't enough happening to entice me.

I suppose some of the acoustic work is nice and the clean vocals don't completely ruin the experience for me, but when the vocal lines dominate the mix and take away from the atmosphere I immediately realize just how awkward this all sounds. Perhaps if the vocals were buried more during the clean passages I wouldn't feel as if they were so out of place.

* That's kind of exaggerated. Most of the album seems to be divided within each track, separating purely death doom moments from their post-metal counterparts, sort of like how a lot of melodic metalcore bands employ good cop/bad cop vocals without overlapping. It annoys me quit a bit actually, as I'm unable to fully appreciate either style for what it is.
Chobo_jokeR - 25.05.2012 at 03:53  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 03:17

I still don't know what to make of this album. After one listen, I'm not a big fan of the new style. In fact, I just flat-out think it's boring.

While the music still crawls along at a snail's pace, that is pretty much the only funeral doom element left.* Aside from that, it's all post-metal from here. This could have worked if they retained their typical crushing production, but this time around the music sounds so thin I can't help but feel as if something was lost in the recording process. Like maybe something was misinterpreted or misunderstood.

The pseudo-melodies create a decent atmosphere, which has some depressive undertones (I guess that's a doom element as well), but on the whole each song takes way too long to establish itself, slowly plodding along with banal intros before ending with pretty much the same level of meandering. There just isn't enough happening to entice me.

I suppose some of the acoustic work is nice and the clean vocals don't completely ruin the experience for me, but when the vocal lines dominate the mix and take away from the atmosphere I immediately realize just how awkward this all sounds. Perhaps if the vocals were buried more during the clean passages I wouldn't feel as if they were so out of place.

* That's kind of exaggerated. Most of the album seems to be divided within each track, separating purely death doom moments from their post-metal counterparts, sort of like how a lot of melodic metalcore bands employ good cop/bad cop vocals without overlapping. It annoys me quit a bit actually, as I'm unable to fully appreciate either style for what it is.


I find the album never establishes a consistent flow, unlike their other two albums. I can listen to those two from top to bottom and feel like it's one massive awesome song. This album feels broken apart and never really grabs me and holds me for its entire duration. I'm likely going to rate this an 8, because to put it on the same level as the other two would just be ridiculous. I do enjoy the album, but it's just not what I wanted. When I heard Further South, Antarctica and The Giant before the rest of the songs were released, I felt like this was going to be just as good. However, Aeons, Deliverance and Fathoms just didn't complete the package, and something was left missing.

Droste's vocals are great, I thoroughly enjoy them, and the music too. I just can't really put a finger on what is missing. The lack of flow might be it, and maybe the meandering as you mentioned.

Meh...could have been better, but could have been a whole lot worse.
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 04:21  
Rating: 6
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 25.05.2012 at 03:53
I find the album never establishes a consistent flow, unlike their other two albums. I can listen to those two from top to bottom and feel like it's one massive awesome song. This album feels broken apart and never really grabs me and holds me for its entire duration. I'm likely going to rate this an 8, because to put it on the same level as the other two would just be ridiculous. I do enjoy the album, but it's just not what I wanted. When I heard Further South, Antarctica and The Giant before the rest of the songs were released, I felt like this was going to be just as good. However, Aeons, Deliverance and Fathoms just didn't complete the package, and something was left missing. Droste's vocals are great, I thoroughly enjoy them, and the music too. I just can't really put a finger on what is missing. The lack of flow might be it, and maybe the meandering as you mentioned. Meh...could have been better, but could have been a whole lot worse.

I think the lack of flow here is overwhelming, as if they were unable to string any elements together so instead they took what they had and forced it all together. That disjointed mish-mashing really takes away from the album's overall flow as you said, and that completely turns me off since it's such a chore to work through every minute. There are moments that really attract me, but then they go on their rollercoaster ride and I don't know what to think anymore, and I completely forget about the attractive moments from just a few minutes ago. It's really annoying.
Chobo_jokeR - 25.05.2012 at 04:29  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 04:21

I think the lack of flow here is overwhelming, as if they were unable to string any elements together so instead they took what they had and forced it all together. That disjointed mish-mashing really takes away from the album's overall flow as you said, and that completely turns me off since it's such a chore to work through every minute. There are moments that really attract me, but then they go on their rollercoaster ride and I don't know what to think anymore, and I completely forget about the attractive moments from just a few minutes ago. It's really annoying.


I'd say this comment here describes pretty accurately how I feel, on the whole, towards this album. Moments of greatness...overshadowed by moments of essentially nothingness.
InnerSelf - 25.05.2012 at 15:03  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 03:17

* That's kind of exaggerated. Most of the album seems to be divided within each track, separating purely death doom moments from their post-metal counterparts, sort of like how a lot of melodic metalcore bands employ good cop/bad cop vocals without overlapping. It annoys me quit a bit actually, as I'm unable to fully appreciate either style for what it is.

This.
Even the best song on the album Further South is divided into two separate sections the Post-Rock intro and the remaining Death Doom part.
Mr. Blonde - 26.05.2012 at 01:05  
  From what I've heard so far I like it. Though like others have said it is isn't quite what I had expected. I was hoping for more of that crushing Tsunami style that they can bring. But I don't mind "post-metal" either. I love their earlier works and hope that they return more to that style soon. However if they never deviated from it to experiment than that too could get boring. I think if anything they were probably afraid of putting out something that fans might call the same material with different song and album names. So they threw a bit of a curve ball here.

I haven't heard the whole album yet so I shall refrain from rating it. But I really enjoyed Further South especially and so far The Giant seems to be among the stronger releases of 2012 even if it's something of a letdown compared to Wretched Sea and Divinity.
R'Vannith - 31.05.2012 at 14:38  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.05.2012 at 14:48

...it's a mixture of doom and post, not a post-metal album. People will inevitably be disappointed with this though


You're right about that. At least for me the mixing of post with the doom tends to detract from the latter because I really like, and am constantly waiting for while listening, the sound they had on their debut. Its obviously well played post-metal, I don't think there is any denying that, but for me it kind of feels.. unwanted at times in light of that awesome pure doom they had going earlier on.
Still, I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would.
The Melting Snow - 03.06.2012 at 10:36  
Rating: 8 Http://youtu.be/CRcc6RA1gBg

full album here
Oaken - 03.06.2012 at 14:59  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 03.03.2012 at 01:36

I really wish Ahab would return to the murky production of their debut.

I totally agree. The murky production and the strong reverb were very atmospheric and effective in the music (Listen to the melodies in "Below The Sun"). Plus it makes their music more monstrous, and that suits the aesthetic a lot.
My2Cents - 05.06.2012 at 14:31  
Rating: 4 Why be a mediocre post-metal doom band when they could be a groundbreaking, brilliant funeral doom band? I'm guessing the label execs/producer(s) felt funeral doom was too niche a market to ever maximize profits so they goaded the band into a forced radical change of direction.

This album sounds like doom for people who hate doom. RIP Ahab.
Chobo_jokeR - 05.06.2012 at 22:27  
Rating: 8
Written by My2Cents on 05.06.2012 at 14:31

Why be a mediocre post-metal doom band when they could be a groundbreaking, brilliant funeral doom band? I'm guessing the label execs/producer(s) felt funeral doom was too niche a market to ever maximize profits so they goaded the band into a forced radical change of direction.

This album sounds like doom for people who hate doom. RIP Ahab.


This is hardly the kind of album to be saying "RIP Ahab" over. No it's not their best. No it's not brilliant funeral doom. But it is also not a terrible album. Expectations were massive, so of course if it isn't EXACTLY how we want it, it will be a disappointment. They really couldn't win, unless they topped both of their previous efforts, which would have been extremely difficult.
Troy Killjoy - 06.06.2012 at 17:45  
Rating: 6
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 05.06.2012 at 22:27
They really couldn't win, unless they topped both of their previous efforts, which would have been extremely difficult.

Seems to me like their reputation scared them into releasing something safe.
Draugen - 14.06.2012 at 16:06  
Rating: 7 I agree with a lot that has already been said about this album. It is certainly not as good as the first two, but it is not a bad album in any way. There are some great moments to be found with (mostly) strong vocals, both clean and harsh, nice melodies and a couple of excellent stand-out tracks.

The main drawback of The Giant for me is its inconsistency. Some of the songs are really dull in comparison with others, simply because there is nothing really interesting going on for the most part. Especially the second one which is just plain awful. When it comes to the post influences I can definitely appreciate them at times but I wish that the focus had been elsewhere with more cohesiveness to begin with.
Unhealer - 14.06.2012 at 16:41  
Rating: 8 Antarctica is one of the best songs of the year, the album is worth for that track alone.
Alex Fenger - 15.06.2012 at 17:43  
Rating: 7 Finally got it, and i have to say i'm disappointed. It's extremely bland.
Dark Doom - 17.06.2012 at 14:27  
Rating: 10 Fucking good and atmospheric album, really like it \m/
NocturnalStalker - 17.06.2012 at 15:36  
Rating: 9 Yes, this album sounds different from the first two but I think it's still great in its own way - I enjoyed atmospheric parts with clean vocals (especially the songs that feature Herbrand Larsen).
Frankthetank727 - 19.06.2012 at 20:59  
 
Written by NocturnalStalker on 17.06.2012 at 15:36

Yes, this album sounds different from the first two but I think it's still great in its own way - I enjoyed atmospheric parts with clean vocals (especially the songs that feature Herbrand Larsen).


My thoughts exactly. Even if not all the songs stand out as much, they really nailed the atmosphere on this one. And like one of the other previous posts, the fourth track is worth the album alone. I have been enjoying it more each listen. It is definitely great in its own way

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