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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Norilsk.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

Norilsk started in late 2011 in Gatineau/Ottawa (Canada) as a personal project of Nicolas Miquelon, and became known as ‘Norilsk’ in 2012 with the addition of Nick Richer on drums. We are both playing in another band called Damnus, a dark metal band with influences from Paradise Lost, Opeth and Enslaved. The creation of Norilsk was easy, as it was originally meant to be a side project, and had a clear musical direction.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

We both grew up listening to a variety of metal genres, from Black Sabbath to the most extreme death metal bands, but I think we always had a soft spot for any derivative of doom. We would describe Norilsk as a blend of death and doom metal because of the way the songs are written, with some obvious elements of sludge and post metal in our current sound and in the minimalistic approach to certain riffs.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

We released our first EP Japetus in July 2014 and received a lot of positive comments, including a nice review from Doom-Metal.com. The first release of any band is always important as it defines the identity of that band. Japetus might only be Norilsk’s first chapter, but we are very proud of what it brought us.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

Picking only three bands is a difficult task, as we listen to a lot of bands and have a huge collection of albums (and vinyls). If I (Miquelon) had to pick three milestones leading to the creation of Norilsk, they would probably be a) Morgion, for the early impact it had on me 15-20 years ago, including a strong focus on death metal, b) Thergothon for the funeral doom influences, which shows in the arrangements and minimalistic approach to our music, and c) Shadow of the Torturer, for the wake up call it had on me, leading me to revisit my old school death-doom roots and ultimately creating Norilsk.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

We are currently putting together a live band with two additional members, which will allow us to play a few select shows and events, and add another dimension to the band. We are also planning on releasing a full length album, which was recorded at the same time as Japetus, and are currently looking for labels to help us with the distribution. Other plans include a music video in the near future, among other things.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

We would like to thank Doom-Metal.com for giving us this opportunity, and all the zines, radios, and fans who have spread the word about Norilsk. Doom metal may be gaining popularity, but yet it remains a subgenre that relies to a certain degree on word of mouth.

Visit the Norilsk bandpage.

Interviewed on 2014-09-07 by doom-metal.com.
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