Review from New Noise Magazine

October 12, 2016
From: New Noise Magazine
Published: September 30, 2016

Norilsk is the northernmost city in Siberia. It is, in fact, the northernmost city of more than a hundred thousand citizens in the world.

Norilsk is a place bound by permafrost with a history that begins with a prison colony. So, The Idea Of North seems apropos of what is alive here battered by the ice and snow. Solitude and long nights. The place where thoughts sour and turn toward the end. Everything on the album is low. Eight tracks where the leaden bass line lumbers. The grooves belly out. Often times throughout the course of the record, I am stilled by Nicholas Miquelon’s vocals, frozen by a dour sense of gravitas.

At first glance, Norilsk, a Gatineau, Quebec two-piece band has produced one of the better doom/sludge rock albums of the year, but it’s not in their riff heavy thrash influenced numbers, like the eight-minute opener, “Japetus” or the crushing “Throa” that follows it up in the mix. These are brilliant standards that can be called innovative for their use of cavernous interludes and finely crafted negative space in the production, but where I find them most compelling is their slower work, the tumbling middle of the album that presses the doom motif forward. Their songs “Potsdam Glo” and “Nature Morte” have a devastating impact, they are wonderfully written songs featuring a few higher guitar riffs, simmering melody and thoughtful passages with dissident psychedelic atmosphere that carries through. It’s hard to divert your attention. Without calling out such ideas by their name, Norilsk delves into heavy, existential concepts on The Idea Of North and their approach to the craft gives credence to the listener’s need to ponder. You can actually come up with a personal response to what all that oblivion might mean.

The Idea Of North follows up 2014’s Japetus a three-song EP, which gathers that song, “Potsdam Glo” along with a Voivod cover. This is the band’s heavier side, a memorable burst, but what has emerged in the ensuing two years that makes them intriguingly unforgettable is a smart use of all the rest of that darkness.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Erick Mertz

Review from Bucketlist Music Reviews

September 28, 2016
From: Bucketlist music Reviews
Published: September 27, 2016

To all things, there is a season. As the sweltering oppression of summer gives way to the Pumpkin-Spiced fuckery of autumn, Canadians know that little time remains before their existence is plunged into near perpetual darkness and genital-damaging cold. While the yearly ritual of unpacking the winter clothes while gripped with crippling existential dread is certainly tiresome, at least this year the fine fellows who compr...

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Review from SicMaggot

October 10, 2015
From: SicMaggot Webzine
October 7, 2015
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Rozum by velel hledat doomové duo Norilsk někde na vzdáleném východě, uprostřed neprostupných vrstev sněhu ruské Sibiře. Jenže ačkoli to není úvaha úplně scestná a město Norilsk na Sibiři skutečně rok co rok promrzá, samotná kapela se usídlila v o poznání lidštějších podnebných podmínkách. Svetry, čepice a kabáty však nezahazujme, kanadský Quebec taky není místem z kategorie nejteplejších. ...

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Review from Friedhof Magazine

August 29, 2015
From: Friedhof Magazine
Published: August 27, 2015

Estamos ante el primer trabajo de larga duración de la banda canadiense Norilsk, que deben su nombre a la ciudad más grande de Siberia, y que además está formada por sólo dos componentes que llevan a cabo la ejecución de todos los instrumentos necesarios. El por qué han escogido este nombre lo desconozco, pero ya pudimos verlo en la portada del EP que lanzaron el año pasado, en el que se encuentran algunas canciones que pas...

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Review from The Pit of the Damned

August 29, 2015
From: The Pit of the Damned
Published: August 27, 2015

La Hypnotic Dirge Recors sarà anche rimasta in standby per un po' di tempo, ma dopo che le attività sono riprese presso l'etichetta canadese, le cose sono andate migliorando con una serie di uscite interessanti: i Verlies, gli Atten Ash e questi Norilsk. Curioso come il nome derivi da quello di una città siberiana, e quando penso alla Siberia, associo inevitabilmente il tutto a gelidi suoni funeral doom. I canadesi Norilisk ...

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Review from Metal Temple

July 27, 2015
From: Metal Temple
Published: July 15, 2015

The thing about Sludge, Doom and even Grunge, is that because the general pitch of the music is so deep and the tempo so slow, it can sometimes be hard to find the rhythm of the songs. Not only that, but the vocalists often struggle to settle on a style that matches the music. The benefit of one man running the show, as is the case with NORILSK, is that Nicolas Miquelon can establish his own creative vision and pursue it without having to...

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Review from Chronicles of Chaos Webzine

July 9, 2015
From: Chronicles of Chaos 
Published: July 8, 2015

Basically, if you have this album in your hands, you don't really need Norilsk's EP "Japetus", unless you are eager to hear the brilliant Voivod cover the band performed on that EP. The remaining couple of (original) tracks off "Japetus" are presented also on this debut full-length in their entirety and in the exact same version as they had appeared before.

That leaves us with six entirely new tracks (and a couple of excellent older...

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Review from Doomed and Stoned

July 4, 2015
From: Doomed and Stoned 
Published: July 2, 2015

It’s summer, I know, but it’s time to bundle up real good, because we’re about to go on a rather frigid and icy trek into the long night. Fair warning: with each breath you take, your lungs will scream in freezing agony. Listen the howling of the wind, feel as it burns your face. The blinding orange sky is all around us as push ourselves forward in the numbing intensity of the northern Canada landscape.

This is the imagery that ...

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Review from Wings of Death Webzine

June 8, 2015
From: Wings of Death Webzine
Published: June 6, 2015

Over het Canadese Norilsk schreef ik in juli vorig jaar, toen EP Japetus als het ware de aankondiging was voor het aanstaande debuutalbum. Dat album is inmiddels verschenen, met de titel The Idea of North, en bevat naast de twee nummers van de EP nog zes nieuwe tracks; en opnieuw een cover. Die laatste, Coeur De Loup, is als bonus de afsluiter van het album, en een bewerking van de doorbraak van de Belgische zanger Phillipe Lafon...

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Review from Lords of Metal Webzine

May 20, 2015
From: Lords of Metal Webzine
Published: May 16, 2015

The demo 'Japetus' by Canada's Norilsk left me wanting to hear more. Now 'The Idea Of North' has been released, I can wholeheartedly tell it was worth the wait. The music this duo delivers, is hardly comparable to any other doom band. Basically this can be described as death/doom mixed with some sludge and a bit of post metal. Add the vocals in the French language and you have a pretty good picture of Norilsk. By the way, the lyr...

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  Released: March 10, 2015
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Genre: Death-Doom / Sludge Metal