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The story of Norris is a sordid affair of five musicians and their tale of determination and unwavering aspiration to make the most challenging and forward-thinking music possible. Not so long ago, Norris tirelessly spent much of their time making a name for themselves in the Thunder Bay, Ontario music scene and, although they still have a close fondness to their hometown, the need to branch out and leave the Thunder Bay basin and move around the country was inevitable. Backed by the support of their two independently released EPs, Norris gained quiet exposure from multiple Canadian tours that stretched from British Columbia to Quebec.

However, the gruelling tour schedule challenged the personal lifestyles as well as the sanity of its members, and the band soon struggled to find a more reliable cohesion within its own inner strife. What resulted was the re-emergence of three of Norris’ founding members, Josh Hogan (Drums), Curtis Wilson (Vocals) and Justin Sillman (Guitars) and, after recruiting Sean Skillen (Guitars) and Rory Bohler (Bass), a mutually agreed upon common goal was put in place: To write uncompromising and original music and to share it with anyone who wanted to hear it.

Having had their musical talents and style shaped by their own hometown metal scene, it’s obvious that the inherent isolation of the Thunder Bay basin, combined with the region's notoriously cold winters, has brought a sense of urgency to the band’s creative process. Their songs twist and turn with a dry vindictiveness that oozes from the band’s thick metal grooves and spontaneous crunch. It was these aspects that made deciding who should helm the control board on the band’s forthcoming debut record, a quick and easy decision. “I’m a big believer in not trying to fix what’s not broken,” states Year of the Sun president C. Benner. “When Norris came to us and told us that they wanted to self produce their new record we were hesitant at first, but in the end it became extremely easy to give them the green light. When you listen to Norris, you realize that they’re really hitting you with something that’s very unique. Some of their tracks are so off the beaten path, that it just made complete sense to have the magicians craft their own brand of magic without any interference.”

As the quintet puts the finishing studio touches on their new metal opus, it’s clear that their debut full-length record will reach a larger and more dynamic audience which made signing with Year of the Sun Records a natural choice. With a little more experience now securely strapped to their beer bellies, Norris legitimately boast a stronger and more focused line-up. They have placed a distinct emphasis on memorable song writing and not the cheesy gimmicks that typically weigh down a lot of up and coming bands. With plans already in the works to head back out on the road as soon as their new album drops, Norris has already stated that not only will they be returning to the many cities that they’ve already visited, but that they’re also determined to push their new agenda: to have their extreme sound breach new uncharted regions of The Great White North and beyond.

The truth is, Norris don’t just simply play music for people. They play music for the metal fans out there waiting for something fiery, something organic, and something genuinely persuasive. This is as real as it gets.
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