Remote is the North, and long are its nights. Solitude is every man's friend and doom is his lullaby.

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, icy melodies and atmospheric arrangements, its music draws inspiration from the 1990's doom-death scene, while incorporating a heavy dose of eclectic and contemporary influences. [Read More]

"Le passage des glaciers" Teaser
November 24, 2017

Our new album "Le passage des glaciers" is now available worldwide!
Here is the teaser for the album, created by Erik Labossiere / Wikked Twist Films.

NEW MERCH: Norilsk Shirt [Designed by Misanthropic Art], Norilsk Patch, Norilsk Sticker

November 10, 2017

Our label Hypnotic Dirge Records is 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.
(You can also order the CD and shirt on its own through the Norilsk Merch Store)

"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 with a blackened doom-death album with frozen melodies, misty atmospheres, and reflective lyrical passages. This album is presented in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet including lyrics in French as well as English translations.

Alongside the new album "Le passage des glaciers", a new shirt has been commissioned and designed by Misanthropic-Art (Ultha, Uada, Pillorian, Hooded Menace) specifically for this album. The shirt is printed on standard Port & Co brand shirts and is available in sizes Small through XXL. Printing was handled by the always reliable and detailed 
Forest Passage Printing

An unmerrowed 12.5cm x 7.5cm patch has also been made in limited quantities for this album. The patch is only available as part of the larger Norilsk packs and is limited to 50 copies at this time.

Finally, some all-weather 6.25cm x 5.5cm Norilsk logo stickers have been printed, which will be shipped out with all Norilsk related orders while quantities last. These stickers were printed by Sticker Guy! who is known for its quality. These stickers will last for years!

You can also order a pack which includes Norilsk's debut album "The Idea of North", which we released in 2015. Much like the upcoming "Le passage des glaciers" album, the debut Norilsk album was also released in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet with lyrics in both French and English!

Option One: Ultimate Norilsk Pack

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD
-Norilsk - The Idea of North CD
-Norilsk Shirt [Misanthropic Art]
-Norilsk Patch
-Norilsk Sticker

Option Two: Le passage des glaciers Pack 

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD
-Norilsk Shirt [Misanthropic Art]
-Norilsk Patch
-Norilsk Sticker

Option Three: Norilsk CD Pack

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD
-Norilsk - The Idea of North CD
-Norilsk Sticker

Option Four: Norilsk Shirt

-Norilsk Shirt [ Misanthropic Art]

UPCOMING 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 is something of a personal journey in there, something that had to be experienced and mourned, and something that swallowed us whole when creating this.” While Le passage des glaciers is not a concept album, this new musical chapter has been written around the theme of mourning and departure.

The artwork is signed by Sam Ford, who designed the artwork for the previous album The Idea of North. Sam worked closely with the band to develop an artistic continuity, yet a distinct visual atmosphere to the album, and integrating symbolism and referencing Canadian art.

The album includes eight tracks, mostly in French, for a total duration of 44 minutes.

1. Midnight Sun
2. Le puits de l'oubli
3. Namolennye
4. La voie des morts
5. Ghosts of Loss (Passage part I)
6. Noirceur intérieure
7. L'érosion (Passage part II)
8. Ellesmere

The track "Namolennye" is now streaming on Bandcamp.
Regarding the track, bassist / vocalst Nicolas Miquelon says:
“There is a slightly more intricate approach to this album, from a song structure to a stylistic point of view, as exemplified in 'Namolennye.' This song was composed on an 8-strings bass guitar, which brings a non-conventional colour, and allows different kind of arrangements than on the previous album. As for the song title, this unique Russian word ('намоленная'), roughly meaning 'imbued with prayers' and most often applied in the context of religious icons, happened to be surprisingly convenient to illustrate the notion of estrangement and an alternate state of reality. The song ends with a quote from Pushkin, translated in French, about dying where you feel you belong.”

© Norilsk - 2017