Released: 2016, Transcending Obscurity
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Alternate titles for Soothsayer’s AT THIS GREAT DEPTH:
• WITH SAVINGS LIKE THIS
• IN THIS ECONOMY
• HOW ABOUT THIS WEATHER
Ireland’s Soothsayer, not to be confused with the Canadian thrashers of the same name, are poised to close out 2016 with the sonic equivalent of a supernova implosion. Their soon to be released AT THIS GREAT DEPTH is an experience in atmospheric doom that is among the best of their peers, and would likely have had a much greater impact had it not been released in this taint of a season.
“Umpire” opens the EP at a whopping 16 minutes. It’s part Acid King/High Priest of Saturn Pink Floydian-space jam exploration, part nihilist black metal decimation. An odd pairing for sure, but if you have the patience to endure the build up towards the final payoff, it’s a remarkably rewarding listening experience. It also doesn’t hurt if you have a few drinks in you, or a few hits of a controlled substance to fully realize what’s coming through your speakers. Caveat Emptor.
“Of Locust and Moths” is more straightforward atmospheric doom, and clocks in at just over 8 minutes. It condenses many of the more intense sonic elements of “Umpire” into a more compact format, but doesn’t dismiss any of the esoteric leanings in the process. Think of these two tracks as an “alpha” and “omega” and you’ll be in the right frame of mind.
AT THIS GREATH DEPTH is an experience in psychedelic doom metal that genre purists shouldn’t ignore. Soothsayer gets the ambient resonance juuusssst right, but knows where and when to press on the accelerator. Pay attention to Soothsayer in 2017; if this is a sample of what they’re capable of, a proper full length can’t happen quick enough.