Origin: Heidelberg, Germany  
Genres: Doom Metal
Page online: June 17, 2017
Last update/review: June 17, 2017


Almost since their founding in 2004, Germany's Ahab has been one of the leading purveyors of funeral doom, that ultra-slow, ultra-heavy branch of classic doom metal. The band's lyrical inspiration comes from the sea -- their debut, The Call Of The Wretched Sea, derives from the novel Moby Dick (Ahab is the main character from that novel), while the successive albums are similarly derived from nautical literature. While playing at such a slow speed may seem limiting, Ahab is not about stagnation -- comparing that debut with the more recent The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the progression is quite evident. Wretched is full-on funeral doom, arguably one of the best examples ever recorded, while Carrig subtlely explores new ideas and broadens the confines of the genre, with vocalist Daniel Droste mixing a fine clean baritone with his unearthly growls, and a greater sense of dynamics with psychedelic ambient moments sitting side-by-side with the crushing riffs that define funeral doom. With four excellent albums recorded over their decade-plus long career, they've already accomplished plenty, but the best may be yet to come.

Current Members

Daniel Droste

vocals/guitars/keyboards (ex-Midnattsol)

Christian Hector

guitars (ex-Midnattsol)

Stephan Wandernoth


Cornelius Althammer


Former Members/Guests

Stephan Adolph

bass/guitars/vocals (Midnattsol)


The Call Of The Wretched Sea  
2006 Napalm
  1. Below the Sun
  2. The Pacific
  3. Old Thunder
  4. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales
  5. The Sermon
  6. The Hunt [view lyrhcs]
  7. Ahab's Oath
  • Daniel Droste
  • Christian Hector
  • Stephan Adolph
  • Cornelius Althammer

The Divinity Of Oceans  
2009 Napalm
  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
  • Daniel Droste
  • Christian Hector
  • Stephan Wandernoth
  • Cornelius Althammer

The Giant  
2012 Napalm
  1. Further South
  2. Aeons Elapse
  3. Deliverance (Shouting at the Dead)
  4. Antarctica (The Polymorphess)
  5. Fathoms Deep Below
  6. The Giant
  7. Time's like Molten Lead
  • Daniel Droste
  • Christian Hector
  • Stephan Wandernoth
  • Cornelius Althammer

The Boats Of The Glen Carrig  
2015 Napalm
  1. The Isle
  2. The Thing That Made Search
  3. Like Red Foam (The Great Storm)
  4. The Weedmen
  5. To Mourn Job
  6. The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison)
  • Daniel Droste
  • Christian Hector
  • Stephan Wandernoth
  • Cornelius Althammer

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