Bringing heaps of doom, black metal and atmosphere to the doom table is Soothsayer, and from their first EP to this one-titled At This Great Depth-you get more of the same harrowing and purely blackened and soul burning doom metal. There is metal that has atmosphere in it, and then there is Soothsayer. At This Great Depth is two songs total and each song does its best to submerge you in molten darkness and take away whatever light it is that you have left in your life. Both songs are rolling masses of molten metal and darkness and if you think that maybe there is a way to salvage your soul after you begin listening, keep in mind that there isn’t one.
At This Great Depth begins with Umpire which leads you in with ominous sounds and noises for about seven minutes until it completely drowns you in utter blasphemy. Soothsayer sets the tone early and makes it well known that it isn’t going to be a smooth ride into the never ending darkness. For the first seven minutes there isn’t anything but haunting sounds, but within those first minutes Soothsayer captivates you and gets you to listen intently for the rest of the EP. As soon as the sinister sounds end, that’s when Soothsayer picks it up and begins shredding your soul with their cold and menacing brand of black metal.
When Umpire ends Of Locust and Moth begins and within that song you get more of the same harrowing blackened doom sound that you have come to know. Instead of ominous and haunting noises leading to your eventual demise, you get low and slow doom with a haunting vocal paired with it before you are subjected to even more skin peeling black metal. Of Locust and Moth just like Umpire brings you an atmosphere that is terrifying and bleak as it makes you feel isolated and bitterly cold. Both songs are inescapable labyrinths of blackened doom that surround you in a bitter and damning atmosphere.
Through each song Soothsayer does a great job of combining both genres to create a unique and highly memorable sound. Doom is inherently sinister as is black metal and with the two combined you get something that is entirely heavy and purely malevolent. Soothsayer draws you in with cold yet inviting atmospheres and makes you stay with their heavy and flesh melting brand of blackened doom. Even though there is twenty-four minutes between the two songs you feel like you can’t get enough so one listen turns into numerous and sooner or later you are enveloped in an abysmal fog in which you can’t crawl out of.
At This Great Depth is a great sampler for the dirge that will be unleashed upon us all soon, and if these songs are any indication as to what we should be expecting with their next release, all I can say is that it is going to be heavy. Soothsayer packs more than enough into two songs as they combine searing black metal, bone crushing doom and terrifying atmospheres to provide you with a listen that you won’t soon forget.