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NORILSK's New Video Explores Vanishing Of Canada's Indigenous w/ “Weepers of The Land”
L-R: Nic M (vocals, bass, guitars), Nick Richer (drums, backing vocals) - Photo credit: Nick Richer
Canadian death / doom duo NORILSK are sharing their new music video for their recently released mini-album's title track “Weepers of The Land”. Co-written with Longhouse's Joshua Cayer whom also added guest vocals, the track is about what stays behind after someone vanishes and is a nod to the expression 'keepers of the land,' most often used in an indigenous and/or environment-related context, while referencing a less glorious side of history.
Joshua Cayer explains:
“When we were developing the concept of the track, I had just finished listening to a podcast hosted by Indigenous journalist, Connie Walker, called Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams. Aside from the obvious painful subject matter, what really struck me was the guilt expressed, and carried for all these years, by those closest to Alberta Williams - What if I answered my phone that night? What if I turned around sooner? What if. As a father of two little girls, I couldn’t begin to imagine the deep sorrow that is carried by survivors of our Indigenous women and girls that go missing, or are murdered. I tried to give voice to just a fraction of what those feelings of pain, guilt and failure might feel like to a father or a mother, with the hope of creating better awareness and empathy for the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in our country.”
Capturing the song's dark and heavy atmosphere, the video was directed by Erik Labossiere of Wikked Twist Films, whom was given artistic freedom to develop the concept behind its visuals. Showcasing its monumental proportions and slow pace represented both a challenge and an opportunity to transfer the epic extreme doom metal song onto the screen as Labossiere approached it from the perspective of a short movie.
Erik Labossiere comments:
“When creating the video concept for "Weepers" I wanted to create a narrative that could symbolize an array of current issues and motifs. With the core message of corruption and assimilation, I wanted to tell a story that could identify with any situation of oppression and abuse. I also wanted to create characters that each themselves expressed a reaction to these issues. Some see the plight of our world and react with indifference, with silence, with reinforcement, and some push to create hope. In my opinion, there is only one monster in this video, and everyone else exists within the grey, and it is up to the viewer to reflect on this and question which role they play.”
Watch "Weepers of The Land" at the following links:
"Weepers of The Land" is available from Hypnotic Dirge Records on CD here plus available for stream and download on Youtube, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes.
1. No Sacred Ground (7:51)
2. The Way (3:33)
3. Toute la noirceur du monde (5:24)
4. Tomber 7 fois (5:04) *
5. Weepers of the Land (10:22)
*Exclusive to the CD version*
Album Length: 32:15
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Coming off the heels of their latest full-length album “Le passage des glaciers”, this fall the Canadian Death-Doom act Norilsk returns with a collection of new material linked in concept with its previous full-length while also showcasing Norilsk’s more collaborative and multi-faceted nature. It retains the band's signature sound developed on its two full-length albums, and brings forward further openess to an array of doom-related influences. The new mini-album, entitled “Weepers of the Land” is made up of four new compositions as well as a Mylene Farmer cover song (Tomber 7 fois), previously released in Russia on a limited edition compilation CD, and completely remixed. The new compositions include collaborations with other Canadian musicians including Damian Smith (Altars of Grief), Joshua Cayer (Longhouse), Ben Forte (North East Bistro, TGRE), and long-time collaborator Mort Marion (Outrage AD, Blood Moon Knights). “Weepers of the Land” should be viewed as a companion album to “Le passage des glaciers” as the songs were written and recorded during the same time period. The album will be presented in a 4 panel digipack with artwork from William Blair Bruce (Canadian painter, 1859-1906) and released worldwide on October 12, 2018.
"The band relies on an icy death-doom that subtly adds touches of sludge." - Metal Injection
"Whether you like your doom depressing, relaxing, or both, Weepers of the Land is ready to serve." - The Metal Crypt
"Hardcore doom fans may like Norilsk's latest because it is molded with an eye to old-school doom records; seldom does the album go past a glacial pace, with even the stylistic flourishes never distracting the duo's strong suit." - The Sludgelord
"This is music for the haunted place, the celebration of nature, in all its contemporary insecurity and all its past destructive beauty." - Echoes and Dust
"Remember when I mentioned how Canadian winters never seem to end? That's what this sounds like. You've just realized you're socked into another deep freeze… You look up at the blotted sky and waver at the tremendous wintry grip displayed before you. Winter is harsh, unforgiving and indifferent to anything you might know, want or care about yet also displays a raw beauty for those willing to venture it. Norilsk understands and Norilsk delivers." - Doom-Metal.com
"Le passage des glaciers is a well-crafted and thoughtfully composed doom and death metal record. The band have further refined their sound in a way that feels effortless and honest, all while hinting at future possibilities." - Exclaim! (Review 2017 Le passage des glaciers)
"Norilsk’s debut has exactly what it takes to land this band a spot in any doom metal fan’s list of bands to look out for." - Heavy Blog is Heavy (Review 2015 - The Idea of North)
"It's one thing to write good music; it's a whole other thing to invent a new language, a new aesthetic, where song writing, atmosphere and individuality coalesce and give birth to this strange new kid on the block." - Chronicles of Chaos