Soothsayer hails from Ireland and play a demonically dark and sinister foreboding type of blackened doom. This self titled EP that was released late last year is filled with three songs that are abysmally atmospheric and shred your soul to bits without you even really realizing it. Each song is smooth and rots you from the inside out corrupting your soul first then it works on stealing your innocence. Soothsayer brings music to the doomed table that is immensely heavy and bone cracking, and not only that but they provide you with an atmosphere that is damning and makes you feel as though you are being dragged to your demise.
Each of the three songs that are present on this EP are soaked in blasphemous hell fire and shrouded in evil incarnate. Doom itself already has a mystifying evil about it, but with the addition of black metal Soothsayer gives you an even more harrowing and dismal listening experience. With the two terrifyingly dark genres merged together, you yourself get submerged into darkness and shrouded in a poisonous fog. Even as dark and heavy as the music is it is also wholly enchanting as you get mesmerized and have the hypnotic music draw you in more and more with each listen.
The majority of the time, Soothsayer hits you with dirges of abyssal doom, but when needed they kick the pace up providing you with a romping and soul stomping tempo. Regardless of what tempo you get, whether it be the glacier slow elements of doom or a quicker neck snapping tempo, there is one thing that you can count on and that is that Soothsayer is anvil heavy. Of the thirty-seven minutes that are on this release split between three songs, all thirty-seven of those minutes is filled with jarring blackened doom.
Making appearances in each song are serpentine riffs, skull numbing bass lines, heavy drum rhythms and vocals that are just as throat shredding as they are possessed. Adding everything together including the abyssal atmosphere, you get music that is highly intoxicating and incredibly memorable. Even though this three track EP is fairly long you can’t seem stop listening. Once this self titled EP infects your mind you can’t escape the doomed world that Soothsayer has portrayed for you.
This EP is heavy, sinister, atmospheric and dark in the right places, and with this just being the debut it makes you wonder what they have in store for their next release. This is solid doom that captivates you right from the opening note and it doesn’t let you escape from its clutches until the final song concludes.
Take a listen for yourself right here on their Bandcamp page.