Ahab – The Boats Of The Glen Carrig

Those who thought that the relative softening of Ahab‘s sound, found in The Giant, would have opened a new course in the history of the band is not reflected in the single Like Red Foam (The Great Storm) released in 2015: the blunt sounds of the full length are overturned by an approach as rough as ever, with a Droste very close in tone to Jan-Chris De Kooier of Gorefest in their last part of their career and a nervous sound, although not devoid of the usual guitar melodies. And the new album The Boats Of The Glen Carrig confirms on the whole a sort of return to rougher and darker moods, although not as direct as appeared in the single (which, as often happens, is almost never exhaustive of the real content of the album of which it will eventually be part): the opener The Isle is emblematic in this sense, with a wider range, however, between rages and softer passages. The new album takes its title from the novel of the same name by William Hope Hogsdon, which tells of the vicissitudes on board two lifeboats adrift in the Sargasso Sea of the protagonist and the survivors of the shipwreck of the Glen Carrig. On the whole, the work proves to be a sort of ideal meeting point between the Ahab of the beginning and those of The Giant: a synthesis that satisfies both the admirers of the first hour and those who appreciated the more intimate turn of that album. In addition to what has already been said, it should be noted that Napalm Records publishes The Boats Of The Glen Carrig in different formats: apart from the standard version, in all the others there is the bonus track The Light In The Weed (Mary Madison), which pushes the work above the canonical threshold of the hour, but even in the Boxed Set format (CD + 7″ vinyl) there is the unexpected cover of The Turn Of A Friendly Card, one of the most famous songs by Alan Parsons. This, which may seem just a detail, is actually the confirmation of the wide musical culture of Ahab and the symbol of their constant search for forms of expression never predictable, without going beyond the canons of the genre.

2015 – Napalm Records