Hypnotic Dirge Releases
Hypnotic Dirge Releases
Norilsk to release "The Idea of North" on vinyl via War on Music Records and Sunmask Records!
Posted by Nick Skog on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Under: Album News
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 comparison with doom-death bands such as My Dying Bride, Morgion and Ablaze in Hatred, but it also has a heavy dose of sludge/post metal elements reminiscent of Isis and Morne.
After self-releasing an introductory EP in 2014, the band will see their first full length album The Idea of North released on vinyl by War on Music Records and Sunmask Records in the Fall of 2016. The Idea of North has previously been released on CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records, and cassette by Dwyer Records.
Inspired by the multi-faceted Canadian experience of the North, and assembled into a cold yet dynamic sequence of eight individual songs, the album explores themes of darkness, isolation, identity, archaism and persistence—thus delivering a fresh perspective over the cliché Nordic imagery in metal in general.
Bassist / vocalist Nicolas Miquelon comments:
“It is a real honor to be working with two of the most forward-thinking Canadian vinyl labels, who know their doom, and are strong advocates for the local scene.”
Press clips of "The Idea of North"
"This hour-long ode to the Arctic is a monolithic jamfest, through and through. From beginning to end, The Idea of North is a fantastic example of what modern doom metal should sound like. Thick, slow as molasses, and greatly atmospheric, Norilsk’s debut has exactly what it takes to land this band a spot in any doom metal fan’s list of bands to look out for."
-Heavy Blog is Heavy
"And one of the great strengths of 'The Idea Of North' is that it never sounds like a collection of ideas in search of a home: quite the opposite, in fact. There's a completeness in the way it grabs initial attention with the rousing, sludgy stomp of the first half, then evolves into a more chilly and thoughtfully introspective atmospheric beast (in places, even reminiscent of Dolorian); like a snow-fanged apocalypse avalanching across the world, leaving the last survivors huddled in the frozen wastes of its wake. The band call it 'crafted for the winter season', but by the visceral and lonely conclusion of the title track it seems quite possible that winter will be eternal."
"The album, as a whole, is a slow moving glacier, much like the Japetus EP that came before it, but it is much thicker, longer, and brutally unforgiving, not stopping its steady march from the Northern mountains to the Northern ocean, where it will continue as icebergs destined to down ships. It’s a ride that you can’t just hop onto and off of when you are ready. This is an album full of nuance and attention to detail, and should be played as such, preferably with headphones. Throw in a doomed cover of a Belgian pop song, and you’ve got yourself a damn near perfect listen. Beyond recommended, I will probably go through two copies of this album this year alone."
-Crown of Viserys
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