The year 2022 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, naval officers of all countries and the doom communities of all states on the seven continents, were deeply interested in the matter: AHAB announced their fifth album after seven years of mere silence.
Well, sorry… But most of this introduction is actually stolen from the very beginning of Jules Verne’s masterpiece 20000 Leagues Under The Sea. And yes, you guessed right: AHAB took inspiration from one of the greatest works of this grand seigneur of science fiction.
No suprise, the german gentlemen of Nautik Doom – by the way a genre they invented – again interprete a maritime novel. But the opening of their new album „The Coral Tombs“ will be a surprise indeed.
This time AHAB take their fans on a musical journey with Captain Nemo and Professor Arronax through the depths of the sea and the abysmal nature of mankind – and the new album is probably the one of all AHAB albums that is most likely a real soundtrack: it’s evil, it’s longing, it’s sad, it’s meditative, it’s cavernous, it’s vast and as heavy as the colossal squid itself.
As guests AHAB invited Chris Dark of ULTHA and none other than the master of extreme doom himself: Greg Chandler, singer and mastermind of ESOTERIC. Chris Dark along with Daniel has the first word on the album while Greg Chandler has the last.
Short notes from the past:
- 2004: AHAB was founded by Daniel Droste and Christian Hector as the first Nautik Funeral Doom duo with the concept of interpreting great maritime novels musically
- 2006: They signed a deal with Napalm Records and released their epic The Call Of The Wretched Sea
- 2008: Stephan completes the ultimate AHAB-line-up with Cornelius on drums, Stephan on bass, Chris on guitars and Daniel on guitars & vocals
- First Funeral Doom band to enter the german media control album charts (#76 in 2015)
- Played Hellfest, Summer Breeze, Wacken, Brutal Assault, Inferno, Roadburn and many more of the finest festivals
- Interpreted the novels Moby Dick (H. Melville), The wreck of the whale ship Essex (Owen Chase), The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (E. A. Poe), The boats of the Glen Carrig (W. H. Hodgson)
- Guest vocals of Herbrand Larsen (back then Enslaved), Olaf Iverssen (Sagh)
2023 is their 18th year as a band
Cornelius Althammer – drums & percussion
Daniel Droste – vocals & guitar
Christian Hector – guitar
Stephan Wandernoth – bass