Funeral doom doesn't inspire thoughts of uplifting vibrant music... well 'Nautik Funeral Doom Metal' is the style of music German band Ahab are performing, according to the supplied particulars. The Divinity Of Oceans is actually the third part and last installment, after commencing with 2005's EP The Oath and continuing with The Call Of The Wretched Sea from 2007. During which Ahab have told the tales of their 'Nantucket Saga', and on The Divinity Of Oceans Ahab tell of the horrors the unlucky sailors aboard the Essex faced.
The Divinity Of Oceans contains some quite lengthy tracks, as Ahab aren't a band who are afraid to perform the epics. Track one "Yet Another Raft Of The Medusa (Pollard's Weakness)" plods along for its twelve minutes plus duration. I can hear some good ideas and influences going on during Ahab compositions, the guitars especially being the stars, from the tranquil moments to the more explosive sections. Drums are limited to the usual 'basic timekeeping doom like hits' with the odd fill and some double kick like on "The Divinity Of Oceans" and "Tombstone Carousal". Vocally there are growls and also clean softer tones, which work very well in the context of their songs.
If you don't like doom metal, then you probably wont like The Divinity Of Oceans, but Doom fans will lap up Ahab's latest CD.
1. Yet Another Raft of The Medusa(Pollard's Weakness)
2. The Divinity Of Oceans
3. O Father Sea
4. Redemption Lost
5. Tombstone Carousal
6. Gnawing Bones (Coffin's Lot)
7. Nickerson's Theme