Soothsayer – At This Great Depth (Review)

SoothsayerSoothsayer are a doom band from Ireland. This is their latest release.

Soothsayer play atmospheric doom/sludge that thrives on dense, dark emotion and otherworldly atmospheres.

This is slow-building music that wields atmosphere like a wrecking ball, crushing everything around it with the sheer weight of oppressive mood and feeling.

There’s the impression of funeral doom in the music, but without going over fully to that side of things. It’s more of a modern take on atmospheric doom, as characterised by bands such as MonolitheUfomammut and aspects of Light Bearer. It’s interesting, as despite this sheen of modernity, the band actually also manage to sound pretty ancient and atavistic.

When they unleash the full force of their heaviness they still manage to make it all about atmosphere and mood, which I love. Similarly, when they step up the acceleration and play fast, they still give the impression of being slow and full of weighty presence. Not an easy thing to do, but one that’s very effective in creating engaging and unnerving atmospheres.

The vocals are harsh and inhuman sounding. The quality of the singer is equal to that of the music, and both complement each other well.

These two songs are very impressive and Soothsayer seem poised to take a more starring role in the international doom arena. Based on the strength of At This Great Depth, it will be something well-earned, and I can’t wait to see what else they do in the future.

Very highly recommended.

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