The Giant
Style: Doom Metal
Release date: 25 May, 2012
Playing time: 61:00

The story on the new album of Ahab is based on Edgar Allan Poe's novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Fans know that previous releases were based on Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the tragic fate of the crew on the whaling vessel "Essex".

You have doom in different forms, the Black Sabbath and Candlemass kind of style; slow but with clean singing and mid tempo songs and the very, very slow doom with grunts in it. Ahab is one of the slowest doom bands at the moment. Combining the style of Winter and the drone of Earth, they are almost as slow as Winter. There are only six songs on the album, but the band serves us more than an hour worth of music. It is a long ride for those, who are not into the genre, but if you are a doom fanatic, you will enjoy the entire ride. The songs are well arranged and the riffs pass by like a mammoth walking through quicksand. They have created a depressive, melancholy atmosphere and with guest vocals of Herbrand Larsen (Enslaved) the clean and grunting vocals replenish each other.

Fans of Winter, Evoken and Swallow the Sun will know what to do with this slow doomy and gloomy band. I was happy the sun was shining outside when I was listening to this record. I don't know if I would have survived it, playing this on a rainy and windy, cold day.


01. Further South
02. Aeons Elapse
03. Deliverance
04. Antarctica the Polymorphess
05. Fathoms Deep Blue
06. The Giant

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 30 May, 2012
Website: www.myspace.com/ahabdoom