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I'm not sure what it is with Herman Melville's classic novel and modern metal, but the latter certainly seems to have developed a fascination with the former: first Mastodon release a concept album about the White Whale back in 2004, then German funeral doom band Ahab emerged, releasing, their first crawling full length about Moby Dick in 2006, entitled 'The Divinity of Oceans'.
Whilst Divinity of Oceans isnt anything stunninly original, it is still an immensely powerful and atmospheric funeral doom album, and one that is perfectly suited to its subject matter, conjuring up images of black and ominous rolling seas, abysmal depths, endless lashing rain, isolative and seemingly endless doldrums and unseen forces of immense power lurking below the surface.
The music has a lot in common with that of Birmingham doom-merchants Esoteric, consisting of vast, crawling and crushingly heavy riffs that break endlessly over one another, as well as forever descending riffs that follow eachother downwards, brining to mind the claustrophobic, Lovecraftian horror evoked by the output of US one-man Funeral doom project 'Catacombs'. There are also stark and warm melodies present on occasion, which contrast nicely against the gloom, whilst the guttoral and ethereal vocals work well too, sitting nicely in the middle of the decidedly murky yet powerful mix.
An excellent album, highly recommended to fans of Skepticism, Evoken, Catacombs and Esoteric.
1. Below the Sun 11:45
2. The Pacific 10:07
3. Old Thunder 09:54
4. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales 01:52
5. The Sermon 12:36
6. The Hunt 11:13
7. Ahab's Oath 10:11
Total playing time 01:07:38
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Below The Sun
3 Old Thunder
4 Of The Monstrous Pictures Of Whales
7 Ahab's Oath