Label: Napalm Records
The Boats of the Glen Carrig, the fourth album from nautical funeral doom band Ahab, is, in some ways, quite unusual for funeral doom. Whilst a lot of the genre will ask a lot of the listener, there’s something about this album that makes it very easy to sink in to, letting its waves wash over you for hours at a time. Emotionally charged, with a contemplative quality to the soundscapes it conjures, this is an album every bit as deep and captivating as its superb cover artwork.
Of course, given the nature of their chosen genre, The Boats of the Glen Carrig does make some demands of the listener; chiefly, in terms of time investment. The songs are, with one exception, all over ten minutes long, and the album is best experienced as a whole, from start to finish. Yet they’re crafted so skillfully, with natural movements and diverse textures (the band are as good at their softest as they are their heaviest), that they quickly grab hold of the listener, pulling them in to Ahab’s world. It’s a remarkable album, with a degree of sophistication not normally found within doom, and I look forward to whatever adventures Ahab set voyage toward next.