Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig



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Release date: 28 August 2015
Style: Funeral doom metal

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01. The Isle
02. The Thing That Made Search
03. Like Red Foam (The Great Storm)
04. The Weedmen
05. To Mourn Job
06. The Light In The Weed (Mary Madison) [bonus]

The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album Of 2015

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

Guest musicians
Olav Iversen - vocals

Staff review by
BitterCOld
Rating:
9.0
Don't call it a comeback. They've been crushing us for years.

Ahab, now on their IVth album, continue their maritime theme as the masters of nautical funeral doom tell the story of the crew of The Boats Of Glenn Danzig. Sailors, adrift in two life boats, beginning their Long Way Back From Hell, a tale of Blood And Tears as they are attacked by pre-Lovecraftian beasts Not Of This World in an attempt to make it home to London.

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published 18.08.2015 | Comments (21)

02.09.2015
Ahab are constantly evolving . Every album adds something new to their repertoire. In this (theoretically) confined genre Ahab always finds another way to surprise us, another direction towards which to push the genre. The Boats of the Glen Carrig might be the most brilliant facet of this gem that is Ahab.

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31.08.2015 - 20:15
Lit.
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Ah, that clarifies it. I didn't even realize that this album was based on a story that wasn't Moby Dick.
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01.09.2015 - 15:48
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 31.08.2015 at 20:15

Ah, that clarifies it. I didn't even realize that this album was based on a story that wasn't Moby Dick.


Neither were the second and third album. ;-)
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01.09.2015 - 17:57
Mr. Doctor
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2015 at 15:48

Written by Guest on 31.08.2015 at 20:15

Ah, that clarifies it. I didn't even realize that this album was based on a story that wasn't Moby Dick.

Neither were the second and third album. ;-)

What is the third album about? I never properly checked it out.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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01.09.2015 - 18:06
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.09.2015 at 17:57


What is the third album about? I never properly checked it out.


Hey you lazy midget fuck, Google is your best friend.
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01.09.2015 - 23:12
Lit.
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.09.2015 at 15:48

Written by Guest on 31.08.2015 at 20:15

Ah, that clarifies it. I didn't even realize that this album was based on a story that wasn't Moby Dick.


Neither were the second and third album. ;-)

Touche.

God, if my college professors were reading this, they'd slap me upside the head.
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02.09.2015 - 21:49
!J.O.O.E.!
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Quite good actually. Not exactly bursting with originality or anything, and I still think The Giant was a more interesting record, but good nonetheless. I think I actually prefer the clean moments on this.

Surely someone should do something about that funeral doom tag. There's barely an ounce of f-doom here.
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03.09.2015 - 12:24
Rating: 10
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 31.08.2015 at 17:52

As to the first song title I remember talking to the drummer and vocalist about it being incorrect. They explained what they meant by it and it somehow made sense at the time (almost three months ago) but for the life of me I can't remember what their explanation was

At first I thought that the title "The Thing That Made Search" was taken directly from the book, which is written in an archaic style. I thought it was some old grammar that is now outdated (I really hated The History of English Grammar at the uni, so I can't remember much ).
Anyway, I asked on the band's Facebook page, perhaps someone will answer.
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03.09.2015 - 15:16
Rating: 10
Daniell
_爱情_
I got a quick response from the band, so I checked chapter III of "The Boats of the Glen Carrig". It's entitled "The Thing That Made Search". The chapter starts with a depiction of a mysterious creature:
I sat me up and listened, and so became aware that something was fumbling about the deck of the main cabin.
A few paragraphs later:
Presently, the sound ceased, and, listen as we might, we could no longer distinguish it. Yet, until the morning, we dozed no more; being troubled in mind as to what manner of thing it was which had made search in the big cabin.
So the explanation of the title and its odd grammar is pretty straightforward
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07.09.2015 - 16:24
Rating: 8
Eccer
I'm having a hard time NOT enjoying this. Fucking solid! Funeral doom with a good portion of healthy variation! Even the short track kicks ass Makes me wanna read the story it's based on.
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07.09.2015 - 18:26
Unhealer
Eclecticist
This is probably my favorite by these guys, or at least the most addictive of their albums. Can't stop playing it.
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12.09.2015 - 03:55
Rating: 9
Opethian
Best I've heard this year. Was worried they were going to stick with what they delivered on 'The Giant' ..... Thankfully they did not. What an album! Congrats!!
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25.09.2015 - 21:31
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Written by Opethian on 12.09.2015 at 03:55

Best I've heard this year. Was worried they were going to stick with what they delivered on 'The Giant' ..... Thankfully they did not. What an album! Congrats!!


in FD genre I have to agree , we will see, might get and win MS awards ...
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25.09.2015 - 22:38
Rating: 10
MelancholiaC
Written by Opethian on 12.09.2015 at 03:55

Best I've heard this year. Was worried they were going to stick with what they delivered on 'The Giant' ..... Thankfully they did not. What an album! Congrats!!


Definitely the best that Ahab have delivered since their monumental debut - not that they ever released a bad album by my standards; they have never gotten anything below an 8.5 from me. This is certainly a strong contender for my album of the year, in a crazy, competitive, fantastic year for music! Right now it's in a 3-way duel with Arcturus - Arcturian & Lychgate - An Antidote For The Glass Pill, but before the end of the year they could be joined by Paradise Lost and a few other highly anticipated releases, so who knows...
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24.05.2016 - 15:32
Rating: 10
bgcasio
For the past few years Ahab rose as one of the leading names in fyuneral doom circles. With every album the band up not one, but two stages in its development and is progressing so fast that apparently limits of the genre, which established themselves, they started becoming tight. With "The Boats of the Glen Carrig" they show that they are already far from the simple definition fyuneral doom metal.

Ahab are progressive group. Now, no hasty conclusions. They still play doom, but only progressive group can create this style with such verve and ingenuity. The new album Ahab our present an improved version of "The Giant". The quartet continues the commitment towards the previous edition, and the result is really impressive. The accumulated musical experience is noticeable immediately. Extreme vocals of Daniel Droste are so severe that they can be compared with those of Caudal of Uaral. But not only that - worst moments so typical of doom metal, when Ahab alternate with pleasant relaxing acoustic and poluakustichni passages. We hear and clean vocals that are beautifully executed and perfectly fit the situation. These enjoyable moments can be found in almost all the songs from the album. So begins the opening piece "The Isle", which is one of the pearls of the publication. Clean guitars and soulful vocal performances invoke melancholic but beautiful sentiment that progresses song grew into outright sadness and anger. Dark, heavy and slow guitars with brutal distortion their way, inflicting severe blows with malicious and complex reefs that bear. This continued into the next song - "The Thing That Made Search". Is the shortest track on the album - the single "Red Foam", which is certainly the fastest composition played by Ahab ever. With a bit more commercial than the others, it represents the melodic side of the band, and at times is going to sound slightly like Woods of Ypres. "The Weedmen" is the second pearl, as is actually the longest on the album. Here are showcased entirely musical and compositional possibilities of composition. Reefs are long, heavy and complicated in places there are some pretty good solos.

Overall the mood in "The Boats of the Glen Carrig" is like the sea - sometimes quiet, sometimes violently, sinister and aggressive. Attention must be paid to cover that surely will start tops the list for the most beautiful art albums.
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14.09.2016 - 13:35
Dima
The Thing That Made Search is a really addicting song.
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