Funeral doom metal is what the public has categorized the music of AHAB since their beginning back in 2005 when they released their EP The Oath. After that AHAB started their path of success as one of the most important bands on the Funeral doom metal scene by releasing albums like The Call Of The Wretched Sea (2007) and The Divinity Of Oceans (2009). This year the band returns with a new album The Giant.
The Giant keeps a progression on AHAB‘s music, but is a new chapter in their musical career, as the lyrics are based on the Edgar Allan Poe’s only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gorden Pym of Nantucket. The band expanded their musical frontiers and reached new levels of musical awesomeness with tracks like Deliverance, Further South, and Fathoms Deep. It takes time to digest this kind of music is not like eating Ice Cream at the Baskin & Robbins at the mall, but more like eating gelato in Venice on a summer afternoon. What got me the most of AHAB is not the slow and heaviness of their music but the production quality on this album that surpasses their last effort The Divinity Of Oceans.
Take for example songs like Aeons Elapse a really melodic slow song that transforms into a deadly heavy Kraken as the song builds momentum. Antartica The Polymorphes is a more total trip into the pure soul of the album, not only one of the best songs out of it, but one of the most complex. The closing track of the album the self titled song The Giant, is the perfect closing tune, very heavy and very organic on its music composition.
Overall is a great album, and the dawn of a new era on AHAB‘s music. Hopefully this will become a trilogy as their last three albums did. The Age Of Metal had the pleasure to speak with Chris Hector guitar player of AHAB about The Giant, their musical moment, and their touring plans.