The Call of the Wretched Sea
|The Call of the Wretched Sea|
|Studio album by|
|Released||10 October 2006|
|Genre||Funeral doom metal|
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 as session drummer. Production, engineering, mastering and mixing tasks were carried out by Stephan Adolph.
It was released on 10 October 2006 through Napalm Records. 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.
The album has been treated as an example of what funeral doom metal represents. 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. The album tries to represent the feelings of foreboding as told through the story of the book's main character, the despotic Captain Ahab.
The album was given a 4 of 5 by Allmusic and an 8 of 10 by blabbermouth.net. It has been considered a fine example of the style, but not appealing enough to people who don't appreciate doom metal, specifically funeral doom. Corny Althammer's drumming was specially praised.
|1.||"Below the Sun"||Ahab||11:45|
|4.||"Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales"||1:52|
- Daniel Droste – vocals, Electric guitar
- Christian Hector – guitar, layout design
- Stephan Adolph – Bass guitar, guitar, vocals, production, Audio engineering, Audio mastering, mixing
- Cornelius Althammer – Drum kit
- Caroline Traitler – photography
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- Interview with Chris R. Hector: June 30, 2008[permanent dead link]