Apr 252018


The Irish band Soothsayer hit my own radar screen about 18 months ago when we were asked to premiere what turned out to be a phenomenal track from their then-forthcoming second release, At This Great Depth. That song, “Umpire“, was a 16-minute, atmospheric monolith of doom/sludge that managed to be massive and earthy, and also intangible, fleeting, and ghostly — both spine-shaking and hallucinatory.

Now it’s our pleasure to present a new Soothsayer song that will soon be released on a split. Its name is “Cephalopod“, and it provides both further confirmation of this band’s prodigious talents and further reason to get excited about their next release, an album that the band are nearly finished writing and will eventually be presented through Transcending Obscurity Records (hopefully before the end of this year). Continue reading »

Oct 192016



Sixteen-minute songs present a challenge for bands who compose them, because they present a challenge for listeners. Long attention spans are not exactly a hallmark of modern culture or society. But when a band succeed in holding their listeners’ attention for songs of such length, the experience can be even more rewarding than songs of more conventional duration. And that’s what the Irish band Soothsayer have done on the song we’re about to premiere for you. Its name is “Umpire” and it appears on Soothsayer’s new album At This Great Depth, which will be released on December 30 by Transcending Obscurity Records.

This is the band’s second release, following their 2015 debut The Soothsayer. It consists of two songs, of which “Umpire” is the first; the second, which is not as long, is “Locusts and Moths”. Continue reading »