Hailing from Cork, The Soothsayer was first invoked in 2013 by past members of Doom-Noise merchants Íweriú. Honing their blackened doom laden sound throughout 2014, in 2015 the band entered the studio to release their self titled demo, which was released to critical acclaim.
Following on from the success of their first EP, Soothsayer immediately began work on their second EP, “At This Great Depth”. They decided to approach this recording more organically, and captured both tracks live, rounding the release off with only minimal overdubs. “At This Great Depth” immediately caught the attention of underground metal label “Transcending Obscurity Records” who released the EP at the tail end of 2016. The EP was universally lauded, and received attention from such publications as Vice, No Clean Singing, Metal Hammer, Metal Sucks and Metal Injection, to name a few.
The year 2018 saw The Soothsayer’s first concerts overseas, including two dates in Switzerland with Wolf Council and Ashtar, as well as a notable appearance at that year’s Gothoom Open air festival in Slovakia, alongside Vader, Exodus, Septic Flesh and many others.
2019 was significant for the band as the debut album, “Echoes Of The Earth” was recorded in the spring, retaining the live formula of “At This Great Depth”. Shortly after the album’s recording, The Soothsayer travelled to Malta to perform with the local Victims of Creation, alongside fellow Irishmen Mourning Beloveth. This gig was captured live and released the following year as the “Live in Malta MMXIX” album, through Cursed Monk Records.
“Echoes Of The Earth” was released in April 2021 through Transcending Obscurity Records. The album was released to great acclaim, making appearances in numerous “best of” lists and scoring many favourable reviews. The album also caught the attention of Vendetta Records, who released “Echoes Of The Earth” on vinyl mid 2022.
Following an amazing set at Bloodstock 2023, the band pushes forward, expanding their sound and vision, continuing their journey through a surreal and ever-morphing mindscape.
Monk Fest 2024 will take place on July 6th. Tickets are available here. Monk Fest is in aid of Temple St. Children’s Hospital.