RELEASE NEWS: Hypnotic Dirge Records to release second Norilsk album "Le passage des glaciers" on November 24, 2017

October 10, 2017
Deep, cold, and far away: Norilsk – the northernmost city, located in Siberia far above the arctic circle, evokes ideas of hardship, darkness, and doom. Despite its isolation, the name also brings images of nordic beauty, mystery, and a majestic reverence.

Capturing these contrasting notions into music, French-Canadian band Norilsk is back with a captivating new album, as thick and heavy as permafrost. Le passage des glaciers (The Passage of 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.

Death, like a magnetic North, is calling, and many are those who answer. It hypnotizes with its lullaby, carrying some into the distance, and leaving the others behind the furrow left by the passing of glaciers.

To be released on digipack format on November 24, 2017.
Recommended for fans of Paradise Lost, (old) Katatonia, Morgion, Ufomammut, and Pallbearer


Studio Update - April 19, 2017

April 26, 2017
Studio update: all bass tracks have been recorded, and it sounds both massive and expansive. Nic recorded most songs on his six-string bass guitar, except for two on an eight-string bass. Expect the bass to explore the full spectrum of doom, and more. Next: guitars and vocals.


Mise à jour du studio: toutes les pistes de basse ont été enregistrées, et ça va sonner à la fois gras et énorme. Nic a enregistré la majorité des chansons sur sa basse à six cordes, exception faite de deu...

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Studio Update - April 11, 2017

April 26, 2017
The time has come. We are back at Wolf Lake Studios, with Produced by Bond once more at the helm, to record the follow up album to The Idea of North. Nick laid all drum tracks over the weekend, pounding and (double-)kicking until each song got the perfect amount of heaviness. Needless to say we are eager to bring this new slab of doom to life. Stay tuned for more studio updates over the next couple of weeks.


Le temps est venu. Nous sommes de retour à Wolf Lake Studios, avec Produced by B...

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Lyricist : Episode 1 : Norilsk​

December 22, 2016
Presented by Wikked Twist Films, filmmaker and HDR videographer Erik Labossiere begins a series of video interviews with various lyricists.

Norilsk is the subject of the premier episode of this new series, with some thoughts from Norilsk bassist / vocalist Nicolas Miquelon about the band's history, lyrical themes, etc.

This video interview was filmed outside Regina, SK during Norilsk's cross-country Canadian tour in October 2016.

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Norilsk Interview with Decibel Magazine [November 14, 2016]

November 23, 2016
Norilsk Interview with Decibel Magazine
November 14, 2016
Original Link

After returning from tour, Norilsk’s Nicolas Miquelon barely has time to put up his feet and relax before we hit him with an interview request. Although he has nobody but himself—and his bandmate, drummer/fellow renaissance man Nick Richer—to blame for all the attention his band's been getting. Because Norilsk are a peculiar band. They’re the kind of band whose music demands attention, but promotes curiosi...

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HDR02_The Idea of Norilsk (Norilsk)

October 3, 2016
From the HDR Video Vignette Series:
Episode 2: The Idea of Norilsk - Norilsk

As Norilsk​ prepares to embark on its first long trek across much of Canada in October, and just a few short days after re-releasing their debut "The Idea of North" on vinyl (through Sunmask​ / War on Music Records​) what better time to showcase these Gatineau-area Doomsters in this introductory video!

Additional Links:
Norilsk Facebook
Norilsk - "The Idea of North" CD
Norilsk - "The Idea of North" Download

Credit: E...

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Norilsk Fall 2016 Canadian Tour - "Doom Over the Great White North"

September 7, 2016
From October 19th to November 1st, Norilsk will embark on its first Canadian tour. This will bring us to play Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. For our friends abroad, this +3,500km trip from Ottawa to Edmonton (+7,000km back and forth) is the equivalent of travelling from Moscow to the borders of Spain (and back). Such is life for a band playing Doom Over the Great White North.
Dates and venues to be posted shortly.
Du 19 octobre au 1er novembre procha...

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Norilsk - "The Idea of North" Vinyl Release Date Set

September 7, 2016
Vinyl Fanatics take note! Norilsk's brilliant debut album "The Idea of North" will see a vinyl release on September 30, as a co-release between War on Music Records / Sunmask!!

"In case you missed our post this week, we have announced September 30th as the release date for the vinyl version of The Idea of North. The band will have copies, so if you live in the Gatineau/Ottawa area, you can hit us up (we may also drop copies at local record stores), and you'll be able to grab your copy at our u...

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Norilsk to release "The Idea of North" on vinyl via War on Music Records and Sunmask Records!

June 18, 2016
Some big news for those who have wanted Norilsk's debut album "The Idea of North" on Vinyl!
Below is the official press release from Sunmask Records and War on Music Records.

Named after Siberia’s northernmost city, home of a famous heavy metal smelting complex, Norilsk is a doom-death band from Gatineau/Ottawa, Canada. Characterized by slow and crushing riffs, death growls, and atmospheric arrangements, its music draws com...

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Norilsk performs at Day 3 of "Earslaughter Vol. 1" - June 5, 2016

June 18, 2016
On June 5, Norilsk performed on Day 3 of Montreal Earslaughter Vol. 1

Here is a show review from Bucketlist Music Reviews for the entire night's lineup including the aforementioned Norilsk, as well as Monobrow, Disrotted, Tunguska Mammoth and Monolord.

And of course, here is an excerpt from the review about Norilsk's set.

"I arrived to Norilsk already into their set, and a very small crowd of folks scattered about. The vibe was very relaxed, but I spotted a few familiar faces from the weekend, s...

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