Song of the Day: MANES’ “Solve Et Coagula” Featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth

In 2009, Norway’s MANES put out a six-song compilation called Solve Et Coagula, which featured a new song plus old demo material from the band’s black metal days.  MANES got none other than the uber talented Niklas Kvaroforth from SHINING (SWE) to sing guest vocals for the title track.  [Update: The song also features XASTHUR's Malefic.  Thanks to MANES for the correction.  Proof that websites don't have all the answers.] Listen to this masterpiece of doom laden darkness:

SHINING (NO) Debuts New Video in “Live on Location” Series

Norwegian blackjazz masterminds SHINING have unveiled a second video in their “Live on Location” series, where the band performs and records one-take live footage in weird, unorthodox and often uncontrollable surroundings. The new clip captures the song “The One Inside,” a track from their critically acclaimed, Spellemann-nominated 2013 release One One One. Check it out below.

SHINING‘s “Live On Location” videos are filmed with a bare minimum of gear (one camera, a few mics, etc.), with the goal of capturing unique moments where musicians conquer their surroundings to showcase their musicianship over the use of technology. Having previously filmed in leftover rubble of the demolition site of their old studio in Oslo, Norway, this time the band headed to the blazing hot Mojave Desert of California.

SHINING frontman Jørgen Munkeby explained: “We’ve always thought that some of our best shows have come from venues and festivals where things were totally out of control. It’s when the local crew tells you that you don’t need a DI on guitar, when the venue doesn’t have enough XLR cables, when the monitor guy refuses to turn any more knobs and when your amp breaks down in the first song – it’s in times like these that you often play your best gigs! The bout against your surroundings brings out the fighter in you, hell-bent on proving that the equipment does not get to decide. We wanted to put ourselves in these situations and film it, believing that this would add an extra edge to the performance that might be missing in many of today’s music videos. It’s a big kick when you manage to pull off something like this. We rolled into the location we had only seen on pictures, set up our equipment, got most of the equipment to work and started playing. The local motorhome club was surprised but supportive, and we even got free burgers at the local Slash-X bar!”

Underground Gems: SHINING’s Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt EP

Shining - Lots of Girls Gonna Get HurtIn the deluge of metal that come out each month, it’s easy to overlook or just miss good releases.  One band that should always be on your radar is Sweden’s SHINING.  Aside from mainman Niklas Kvarforth‘s extreme on stage performances, the band’s unique style of suicidal black metal is damn good.  In many ways, they are like a dark version of OPETH.

So last year they released an EP entitled, Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt, via Spinefarm Records.  This all covers releases showed a different side to the band, one that embraces sad, melancholic music that wasn’t in the “extreme metal” category.  With this release, Niklas Kvarforth shows the world his talent with clean vocals.

The band opens with a cover of KATATONIA‘s “For My Demons” from the classic, Tonight’s Decision.  It’s not that much from the original but sounds damn good.

Then the band go into more dark rock territory starting with “Utan dina andetag” by Sweden’s KENT.  You don’t have to know Swedish to feel the power and soul of this one.  Next up is a cover of another Swedish language song, “Kung av jidder,” by IMPERIET.  SHINING add some extra meatiness to this great new wave song.  Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt ends on a high note with “Carnival of Rust” by POETS OF THE FALL.  The original is great but SHINING slow it down just a hair to add more power, and give it a more desperate, darker feel.

In conclusion, there are two things you must do: 1) appreciate the fact that SHINING is one of the best metal bands on earth; 2) purchase this EP.

Norway’s SHINING Release Video for “I Won’t Forget”, New Album Drops April 23rd

SHINING (Norway) have released a video for “I Won’t Forget“, the first single off their forthcoming album, One One One. Their avant-jazz roots continue to shed in favor of a more industrial-tinged rock sound, though with progressive tendencies and saxophone-enhanced instrumentation still intact. The futuristic, sci-fi themed music video fittingly reflects this evolution. Check it out:

One One One drops digitally via Prosthetic Records on April 23rd in North America with physical releases on CD and gatefold LP to follow. Pre-order One One One here: http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/band/shining

Fun Fact: There’s More Than One Band Named “DEATH”

It doesn’t happen too often, especially when lawyers get involved, but sometimes bands end up using the same name.  Bands with the name “MAYHEM,” “SHINING” and “DISGORGE” have managed to coexist in harmony while also offering very cool music to the world.

While we’re on the eve of the Death to All Tour, the other band named “DEATH” is also making news with a documentary about their obscure career.  Check out the article.

IHSAHN: Eremita Release Date Announced

Candlelight Records has announced that Ihsahn’s new album, Eremita, will be released in North America on June 19, 2012.

Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (LEPROUS), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (SHINING (Norway)), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (LEPROUS), and Heidi S. Tveitan (STAROFASH). The album’s packaging has been created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz viewable here.

Reflecting on the recording process Ihsahn notes, “This is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jorgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet.”

A special two-minute video preview for Eremita, featuring audio segments from the record and exclusive footage filmed during the album’s creation can be viewed below:

Eremita will be available on standard CD and a limited edition deluxe digibook (featuring an exclusive bonus track).

SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth Issues Statement Regarding Delayed Album Release

The following statement has been issued by Niklas Kvarforth and SHINING regarding the delayed release of the band’s seventh album, VII: Född Förlorare:

“As everyone is more than aware, Shining VII has been delayed an unacceptably long time. There have been a lot of rumours as to why this should be, so we have decided to set the record straight once and for all.

“Despite the fact that the album was recorded two years ago, it has still not been mixed. Our producer has been concentrating on recording other artists instead of finishing the job on Shining VII. This is despite the fact that Indie Recordings has put up a lot of money to get the album finished and has supported our efforts in every way possible. It is not SHINING’s fault and it is not Indie Recordings’ fault that the album still has not appeared, and I am sure you will understand when we say that nobody wants this album released more than ourselves and Indie. Rest assured that we will be taking steps to ensure that it appears sooner, rather than later.

“No doubt some of you will be wondering whether the tour with WATAIN will still go on, since the album will not be out by then, but we have no plans to cancel and it will go ahead as planned.

“Hail Satan, and see you all soon.

Niklas Kvarforth