12 O'Clock Track: Ahab, "The Giant" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: Ahab, "The Giant"


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I got into German funeral-doom band Ahab last year via obsessive YouTube sessions with tracks from their first full-length, 2006's The Call of the Wretched Sea—an album pretty much entirely about Moby-Dick. They abandoned that tight focus on 2009's The Divinity of Oceans, shifting to a broadly nautical theme. Their third full-length, The Giant, is due May 25 on Napalm Records, and its title cut is today's 12 O'Clock Track.

This is a relatively delicate number for Ahab, with clean vocals by guest Herbrand Larsen of Enslaved and a quiet interlude about five and a half minutes in. But as usual for the band, the song moves with the stateliness of an iceberg, going nowhere in a hurry. Even after the interlude has clearly telegraphed that the distortion's about to kick back in, it's a full minute and a half until the guitars roar back to life—and then they just build and build atop a single repeated riff until the sound fills the room up to your eyeballs. Whether you find this sort of thing tedious or engrossing probably depends mostly on your temperament, and you probably already know what side of that fence I'm on. Listen for yourself after the jump: