“Live Prey” designs a surprising test for those brave enough to endure such a lengthy yet expansive (and very well-captured) performance.

The black and white swirl edition of “Live Prey” was love at first sight! That and the promise of rotting funeral doom metal is all that is needed to pull in the nautic diehards to Ahab’s suffocating sonic density. Set at the Death Row Festival in their native Germany, this live album provides a chance to prove wrong those who might say funeral doom is quite one-dimensional. Featuring a storyline centring on five gruelling slow tracks of their 2006 debut “The Call of the Wretched Sea”, “Live Prey” designs a surprising test for those brave enough to endure such a lengthy yet expansive (and very well-captured) performance. With a singular vision and massive riffs, Ahab have offered us an intriguing and deep record that never repeats the same trick twice.

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