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Beyond the Mountains

by Norilsk

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We lost our guides, betrayed ourselves We let the darkness in We drifted away Beyond the horizon we fell None have spoken, none have cried All know this is the end of life as we know it The Great Displacement Hearts uprooted Never to return. None, but I. Ride. Hopeless attempt to keep what's left To reach the arctic plains Ride into the night Leaving ghosts behind I drifted away Beyond the horizon I fell None have spoken, none have cried All know this is the end of life as we know it The Great Displacement Hearts uprooted We lost our guides, betrayed ourselves We let the darkness in We drift away Beyond the horizon Ride into the night Leaving ghosts behind We drifted away Beyond the horizon we fell The dogs are hurling in the night Until the starless sky takes them back Firearms silencing them one by one The sky stained red, and the hearts stained black
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Released on the tipping point at the end of the world, Beyond the Mountains is a death-doom offering that speaks to the fragile overlap between the nostalgic old world and a dark new chapter in history. It is released in 2022 both as a tribute to the doom-death scene and an omen of things to come.

In 2019, Netherlands melodic doom-death godfathers Officium Triste were celebrating their 25th anniversary. The band invited a number of artists around the world to participate in a tribute album, where Norilsk contributed with opening track ‘Intro Officum Triste (Pt II) / Mountains of Depressiveness.’ With its desolate coldness and relative austerity, the cover song and its lyrics represent the stripped-down essence of the genre, which remains as relevant 25 years later.

‘Beyond the Horizon’ was composed in the spirit of the 90’s classic doom-death metal, and recorded during the same session. The song is about the Inuit High Arctic Relocations, a mid-20th Century tragic event that occurred when Canadian authorities forced a number of northern communities to relocate in the High Arctic, a ‘place of darkness,’ and deliberately slaughtered their sled dogs. This displacement had deep impact on the Inuit traditional way of living, and still has ongoing consequences in northern communities today.

Acknowledging the extremely dark context of 2022, including the mountains of mental illness brought by the pandemic and the forced displacement brought by the war, Canadian doom-death band Norilsk is releasing this digital EP as a symbol of support, and hope for better things to come.

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released May 13, 2022

NORILSK IS:
Nic Miquelon: vocals, bass
Nick Richer: drums
Tom Hansen: guitars
Matt MacIvor: guitars

Recorded in 2019 at Wolf Lake Studio
Mixed by Mike Bond at the Bond Cave
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege
Artwork by Timur Khabirov based on an Officium Triste 7in artwork

Track 1 was written and composed by Nic M.
Track 2 was written by Pim Blankenstein and composed by Officium Triste. Recorded and adapted with the kind permission of Officium Triste.
Rhythm guitars on this EP played by Nic M / Lead guitars played by Tom Hansen.

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Norilsk Gatineau, Québec

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

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