Musical Digest: Norilsk and The Great Sabatini

The doom-death/sludge entity Norilsk unveils “Japetus”, first music video off their album “The Idea of North”, released March 10, 2015 on Hypnotic Dirge Records and Dwyer Records, and later this year on vinyl via Alerta Antifascista Records.

Named after Siberia’s northernmost city, home of a famous heavy metal smelting complex, Norilsk is a doom-death band from Gatineau (Québec), Canada. It released a 20-minute EP in 2014, which was well received and laid the groundwork for the 2015 opus.

“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 band comments: “The Japetus music video is an artistic collaboration between Norilsk and film producer Petr Maur, from Ottawa. Petr used our drummer Nick Richer as the main character for his movie Horsehead, and our music as soundtrack. In exchange, he generously offered to do a short version of his movie, and to adapt it as a music video for us”.

With stunning pictures and a twisted darker-than-Alice-in-Uglyland universe, Petr Maur began creating a short surrealist film using dreamlike visual elements and experimental soundscapes. Linked together, these create a coherent but still highly interpretive film. No part of the film was created using digital SFX thus deepening the films already twisted realism.

Petr met Nick “Chopz” Richer through a shared background in photography. Nick’s natural improve skills and strong stage presence made him Petr’s first choice to portray the film’s doomed main character. Nick certainly captures the characters sinister personality, despite being very much the opposite in his day to day life. Upon seeing some of the completed footage, Nick and Petr both realized that it could serve quite well as a music video for Norilsk as well as for the feature “HORSEHEAD”.

Petr is an accomplished photographer and a multimedia artist who has worked on numerous creative projects including photography, graphic design and independent film work. These experiences have inspired Petr to create several music videos as well as his own short film.

Petr Maur Productions 2015

Norilsk - The Idea of North

The Great Sabatini also released a new video for the track “Ditch Diggers Unlimited”, taken off their latest album Dog Years.

For those unfamiliar with the Great Sabatini, the Montreal band plays a heartfelt mix of crusty sludge, noise rock, and hardcore, and have been extensively touring North America since 2007. Released in June 2014 on No List Records in Canada and Solar Flare Records in Europe, Dog Years is the fourth full length and the seventh release in their discography.

Second last track on the album, “Ditch Diggers Unlimited” sees a simple but fitting experimental story line. The visual goes from black and white to colours, and from speed (running man) to ultra slow movement. Here, we feel the urge the band has to play music, like a race against time, and their artistic creativity.

The band is currently working on booking a Fall 2015 Europe Tour.

Check’em out. Recommended for fans of Coalesce, Intronaut, and Ray Ban glasses.

The Great Sabatini - Dog Years

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