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from The Idea of North by Norilsk

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Named after Siberia’s northernmost city, home of a famous heavy metal smelting complex, Norilsk is a doom-death band from Gatineau (Québec), Canada. After releasing an EP, Japetus, in July 2014, Norilsk now unveils their debut album - “The Idea of North” in a glorious digipack edition on Hypnotic Dirge Records.

“The Idea of North” is a doom-death album crafted for the winter season: it has slow and crushing riffs, death growls, and atmospheric arrangements. An evocation of an ominous presence over a vast wasteland, “The Idea of North” is a massive offering that triggers the imagination. Its music draws comparison with doom-death bands such as My Dying Bride, Morgion and Ablaze in Hatred, but it also has a few atmospheric sludge/post metal elements reminiscent of Isis and Morne.

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.

“The Idea of North” was recorded at Studio En-Phase in Montreal by Jean-Philippe Latour (Paroxysm, Fuck the Facts, Talamyus), and mixed at Pebble Studios in Ottawa by Mike Bond (Dissentient, Endemise, Loviatar, Signs of Chaos), while the artwork was designed by professional artist Sam Ford, who also designed album artworks for Black Cobra, Witch Mountain and Monarch, among others.

Aside from the gorgeous two-panel cover and interior art pieces, the splendid digipak also contains all lyrics and translations (English and French), for worldwide fans of death-doom to enjoy the bitter taste of the Great White North.

The first 100 copies of the album sold comes with an 11cm x 7cm Norilsk sticker, and the first 40 copies of the album come with a full-color 43cm x 28cm Norilsk poster - a commissioned depiction of the doomed Franklin ship, which was lost at sea in 1845 searching for a Northwest passage to the pacific ocean and was finally discovered 169 years later in 2014 by a team of Canadian archaeologists.


(en francais)
Des vagues plus fortes que des monstres marins
Plus grandes que des navires, plus larges que les côtes

Ensemençant les abysses
Crevant les cieux immenses
Le rock pesant, assourdissant
La terre noyée dans le tumulte

Le règne… de Japet

Plus puissant et plus vaste,
Plus ancien, au plus profond de la vie

Le règne… de Japet
Le règne… de Japet

Tout ce qui avait respiration, souffle de vie
sur la terre sèche, mourut. Tous les êtres
qui étaient à la surface disparurent.
Depuis l’homme jusqu’au bétail, aux
reptiles et aux oiseaux du ciel : ils furent
exterminés. [Le Déluge – Genèse, 7, 21-23]

Dépassé, emporté, étouffé,
Les eaux troubles, la vague,
Arraché, avalé, effacé,
L’abysse béant, guettant
Tomber, plonger, chuter
Le gouffre qui s’ouvre dessous

Infra Nos, Infra Nos
Japetus un enfer immuable
Engloutis ici-bas,
Le sens à la mortalité

Le règne… de Japet
Le règne… de Japet

(In english)
Waves bigger than sea monsters
Taller than ships, wider than shores

Inoculating the abyss
Puncturing the skies – towering
Layers of rock weighing, deafening
Land drowned in the tumult

The reign of Japetus

Powerful and gigantic, primeval
To the very bottom of life itself

The reign of Japetus
The reign of Japetus

And all flesh died that moved upon the
earth. Every living thing that was
upon the face of the ground, man and
animals and creeping things and birds
of the air; they were blotted out from
the earth. [Genesis, 7, 21-23]

Drown away, smothered
Troubled waters, the wave
Snatched, swallowed, erased
The gaping abyss, watching
Descending, plunging, falling
The chasm opens underneath

Infra Nos, Infra Nos
Japetus a still inferno
Swallowed down here
Mortality taking shape

The reign of Japetus
The reign of Japetus


from The Idea of North, track released March 10, 2015
Nicolas Miquelon - Music and Lyrics
Nick Richer - Drums and Backing vocals




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