Austrian act Ahab, otherwise referred to as “nautical funeral doom”, have recently released a teaser for their upcoming album in May.
Funeral doom, a unique form of extreme music, is a genre that appeals to me because it delivers its intensity through being incredibly slow as opposed to absurdly fast. Since Ahab is regarded (with good reason) as one of the best bands that follow this style, to say that I’m excited is really an understatement. The best way to approach one of their albums, let alone a funeral doom metal album really, is with the lights switched off and the curtains drawn (everything has to be pitch black). Then you need to empty your mind of all thought whatsoever, so that you are ready for when the opening chords weigh in to the point of literally crushing you down.
It sounds romantic (and perhaps sadly pretentious), but it’s a suggestion. Think of it like turning off all the lights and keep your door locked, so you can listen to a radio play or audiobook of a horror story. Distracted, you won’t feel it, but mind emptied and thoughts left at the door, you’re more ready to embrace the impact of what’s to come even if it’s not what you were hoping for.
At the same time, I am also hoping – as all music lovers do, before “the new one” comes out – that “The Giant” will typically match what I’m hoping for. Perhaps it’s cynicism talking (as usual, since I’m a negative nancy by nature), but I was surprised by the teaser that the band have put out.
On the one hand, it’s reassuring to know that the music doesn’t sound too far off from the established, well-written slant that appeared on Ahab’s previous record “The Divinity of Oceans” – if you’ve found something that works and works well (however you wish to read that), then please go for it the next time around. On the other, it could actually be something else – seeing moving images to the impounding guitar chords.
This is utterly dorky, but – outside of the live experience, putting images – any images – to slow, crushing music only takes away from the anticipation more than anything else for me. Like I said above, I prefer to empty my mind so that I can fully appreciate what the music means to me. Having pictures up there, even if it’s video footage of the recording process, only detracts from it.
I think the only solution to this problem is to start listening to teasers, blindfold.