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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Sludgelord premieres Norilsk's new lyric video for “Noirceur intérieure”

November 21, 2017
French-Canadian band Norilsk is back with a captivating new album, as thick and heavy as permafrost. Le passage des glaciers follows in the footsteps of 2015's album The Idea of North, but expands the sound considerably. From a sludgy slab of doom-death, the band has carved further into the icy influences of dark metal, to emerge with a blackened doom-death album tainted with frozen melodies, misty atmospheres, and reflective lyrical passages.

The Sludgelord is premiering Norilsk's video for the new song “Noirceur intérieure”. A hybrid between a lyric video and a music video, it features a storyline developed jointly between the band and Erik Labossiere of Wikked Twist Films, and uses both French lyrics subtitles and their English translation.

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The album speaks about the distance we are forced to develop with the people who left us. It uses North as a metaphor for death, which draws people into the offing and leaves others behind. The song “Noirceur intérieure” (Darkness Within) represents a search for the departed, an eerie walk between dream and reality. It was filmed on a cold November day in Saskatchewan, Canada.
In the words of Erik Labossiere: “I really wanted to tell this story, and to give it my "signature" framing and neo-Victorian/gothic feel but at the same time make sure it felt like a Norilsk video. I really wanted to use that frozen imagery at the start as it reminded me of the album art on previous records and the general feel that Norilsk gives me. Bright and cold.”
Credits: Norilsk - Noirceur intérieure (Official Lyric Video)
From the album: Le passage des glaciers
Filmed and directed by Erik Labossiere
Copyrights Wikked Twist Films / Norilsk 2017
Starring: Sarah Cameron, Damian Smith



Hypnotic Dirge Records is set to release Norilsk's new album Le passage des glaciers on November 24.
 

ALBUM NEWS: Melankolia presents album cover, and tracklist for new album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’.

November 21, 2017
November 15, 2017

Ambient / Neo-classical artist Melankolia will release their fourth full-length album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator' through Hypnotic Dirge Records on December 12. Founded by musician Mike O’Brien, (Appalachian Winter, Veiled Monk, Ritual in Ash) Melankolia has been releasing introspective and thoughtful music since the project’s beginnings nearly 10 years ago. 



The track “Wellspring Labyrith (Left Hand ‘til Mourning)” is now streaming on our Bandcamp page. This...

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DIGITAL ALBUM RELEASE: Mavradoxa / Deafest [Split]

November 12, 2017
Mavradoxa and Deafest present a new autumnal themed split album from two sides of North America!!


Digital Album

Mavradoxa is an atmospheric black metal band rooted in the Laurentian region of upstate New York. The music of Mavradoxa is expansive, atmospheric, and melancholic. Music made for dreary and rain-soaked days during solitary walks, or in any moment of introspection. Long progressive songs that flow with purpose where the atmosphere dictates and paints vivid stories in its movement and ...

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PRE-ORDER: Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers album packs, shirts, and CD's available!

November 9, 2017
The new album from French-Canadian Doom-Death Band Norilsk is fast approaching - due for official release on November 24. We are now taking pre-orders for "Le passage des glaciers" as well a new limited Norilsk shirt, and some larger packs for the true doom fanatics.

"Le passage des glaciers" follows in the footsteps of 2015's The Idea of North, but expands the sound considerably. From a sludgy slab of doom-death, the band has carved further into the icy influences of dark metal, to emerge wit...

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ALBUM RELEASE: Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins

November 6, 2017
The digital version of the Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins split album is available now on our Bandcamp page. 

If you missed the album premiere stream on No Clean Singing last week, take the time to listen to this great split album, with entirely new material from both bands.

Due to production delays, the 6 panel digipack will not be shipping until early-mid December. However, you can place your order anytime and we will ship your copy as soon as they arrive!



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SONG PREMIERE: Doom-Metal.com streams NORILSK's new song 'Ghosts of Loss' (feat. Pim Blankenstein)

November 3, 2017
Hypnotic Dirge Records is set to release Norilsk's new album Le passage des glaciers (The Passage of Glaciers) on November 24. The Canadian metal outfit invites Winter and darkness into our homes this month, carrying the cold touch of doom and death.



Norilsk's latest offering will feature guest vocal appearance from Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste, The 11th Hour, Extreme Cold Winter, Clouds) on song 'Ghosts of Loss.' Nic Miquelon comments: “When I wrote 'Ghosts of Loss', I had in mind band...

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ALBUM PREMIERE: Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins

November 2, 2017
Courtesy of the always amazing "No Clean Singing" the full "Origins" album is now available to stream in its entirety!



Have a listen at the link below and if you like it, be sure to order a copy of the 6 panel digipack!

"Origins" Full Album Stream on "No Clean Singing"
Pre-order "Origins" Digipack CD
Pre-order "Origins" Digital



"As the seasons change, and the colors of autumn leaves briefly flare like blood and fire, only to be sapped of life and scattered by cold winter winds, it’s not uncommon...

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ALBUM NEWS: Melankolia to release fourth full-length ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’ on HDR

October 31, 2017
Ambient / Neo-classical composer Melankolia is set to release their fourth full-length album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’ on physical and digital formats through Hypnotic Dirge Records on December 12, 2017! 



Founded by musician Mike O’Brien, (Appalachian Winter, Veiled Monk, Ritual in Ash) Melankolia has been releasing introspective and thoughtful music since the project’s beginnings nearly 10 years ago. Three full-length albums have thus far been released - Nokturnum, Orpheus Dow...

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PRE-ORDER: Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins Split available for pre-order

October 29, 2017
The new split album between Ah Ciliz and Chiral, entitled Origins is now available for pre-order through Hypnotic Dirge Records and Throats Productions. The album is set for an official release on November 6, so that is when the album will be streaming in full online and available for download. However, we have experienced some production delays so pre-orders and all subsequent orders will not be shipped until early - mid December.

When the album finally does ship to you, it will be presented ...

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ALBUM NEWS: HDR reveals artwork and details on Norilsk's new album Le passage des glaciers

October 25, 2017
Canadian doom-death band Norilsk is set to release their latest slab of music on November 24, on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Incorporating a greater amount of cold melodies and delving further into forward-thinking structures, this new album has equal amount of unorthodox conventions, dark mysteries, and deadly hooks. As lyricist Nic Miquelon mentions, “Anyone who has followed us so far and enjoyed our musical landscape might be carried away into the distance with Le passage des glaciers. There...

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*The switch over to the "blog" format for news took place in November 2012. Therefore all news items from Jan.2011-Nov.2012 are listed in the November 2012 blog archive. Everything prior to 2011 was erased and is not included.