The Call of the Wretched Sea

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The Call of the Wretched Sea
Studio album by Ahab
Released October 10, 2006
Genre Funeral doom metal
Length 67:38
Label Napalm Records
Deviant Records
Producer Stephan Adolph
Ahab chronology
The Oath
(2005)
The Call of the Wretched Sea
(2006)
The Divinity of Oceans
(2009)

The Call of the Wretched Sea is the debut album by the German funeral doom band Ahab. It was released in 2006.

History[edit]

The Call of the Wretched Sea is Ahab's first studio album. It was the band's first recording since their first two demos. To record the album, they recruited Corny Althammer[1] as session drummer.[2] Production, engineering, mastering and mixing tasks were carried out by Stephan Adolph.[3]

It was released on October 10, 2006 through Napalm Records.[4] Double-LP versions of this album were released through Deviant Records; there were 100 copies in green vinyl, 100 copies in red vinyl, and 300 copies in black vinyl.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

The album has been treated as an example of what funeral doom metal represents.[1][4] It features slow synthesizer melodies, downtuned guitars, echoing percussion and deep and guttural vocals. Chants and choral vocal parts are also arranged at various points during the album. The track "Old Thunder" features an orchestrated central portion as well as clean-droned baritones substituting the guttural vocals in some sections. "The Sermon" has a central passage of near-silent melodic ripples that temporarily interrupt the album's guitar passages.

The Call of the Wretched Sea is a concept album which attempts to reinterpret Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Some of its lyrics have been adapted directly from Melville's writings.[4] The album tries to represent the feelings of foreboding as told through the story of the book's main character, the despotic Captain Ahab.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[6]

The album was given a 4 of 5 by Allmusic[4] and an 8 of 10 by blabbermouth.net.[1] It has been considered a fine example of the style,[4] but not appealing enough to people who don't appreciate doom metal, specifically funeral doom. Corny Althammer's drumming was specially praised.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Music by Ahab. Lyrics written by Herman Melville except "The Pacific," by Daniel Droste and Melville; "Old Thunder," by Christian Hector and "The Hunt," by Christian Hoffarth.[7]

No. Title Length
1. "Below the Sun"   11:45
2. "The Pacific"   10:07
3. "Old Thunder"   9:54
4. "Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales"   1:52
5. "The Sermon"   12:36
6. "The Hunt"   11:13
7. "Ahab's Oath"   10:11

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Alisoglu, Scott. "Ahab - The Call of the Wretched Sea". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Ahab". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Credits for The Call of the Wretched Sea". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Ahab - The Call of the Wretched Sea". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. The Call of the Wretched Sea review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
  6. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. The Call of the Wretched Sea review blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
  7. ^ Interview with Chris R. Hector: June 30, 2008