Musical Digest: Norilsk, Monobrow

Fans of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and melodic death-doom in general, check out this new band from Gatineau/Ottawa. Mixing the slow heaviness of doom with the dirtiness and hypnotic qualities of sludge, Norilsk’s music is both minimalistic and melodic. The first EP includes title song “Japetus”, from the upcoming album, as well as a cover of Voivod’s “Negatron”, and the song “Potsdam Glo” up here. While the first two were mixed by Mike Bond at the Bond Cave in Ottawa (Dissentient, Loviatar, Signs of Chaos), the last one was mixed by Jean-Philippe Latour at Studio En-Phase in Montréal (Paroxysm, Talamyus, Kintra). The CD will be available on July 22 following this link:


Stoner rock/metal band Monobrow has released its latest album, Big Sky, Black Horse. Recorded by Yogi Granger, who is responsible for the last earlier records, and mixed by Mike Bond, the Ottawa instrumental band is back with what is probably its best album to date. With its rich fuzz, and its warm familiar tone, the music pumps and releases its tension like pistons in a well-oiled motor. With faster tempos and a wider variety of songs, this is without a doubt the more interesting and most accessible Monobrow album. Influences come from different angles, including flashes of Rush (“Ancient Arctic Wanderer”) and Black Sabbath (“These Mountains Don’t Want Us Here”), but Big Sky, Black Horse has its own personality. An album you should add to your collection right now:

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