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NORILSK - Unveils The Front Cover Artwork And Release Date Of Debut Album

Canadian doom/death metallers Norilsk will release their debut album entitled The Idea Of North on 10th March via Hypnotic Dirge Records. This is a successor to the EP, Japetus, which was released last year. 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. The artwork was created by talented artist Sam Ford, who designed covers for many bands including Black Cobra, Witch Mountain, Monarch and Barrowlands (click on the picture to enlarge).
Bassist and vocalist Nicolas Miquelon comments: "We wanted graphic art for this album cover, but we also wanted continuity with the visual theme developed on the EP. I knew about Sam Ford from his involvement with the Portland doom metal scene, and I had no doubt that his twisted imagination would be the perfect catalyst to re-interpret and expand Norilsk’s initial concept. As this is Norilsk’s first full length, we couldn’t be happier to have Sam’s signature on the album, as well as to have the support of two truly dedicated Canadian labels, Hypnotic Dirge Records and Dwyer Records." Link