In 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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
Sweden’s SHINING have posted the official video to “I och med insikt skall du förgå” from the IV album, The Eerie Cold. The video is a live performance of the band performing at last year’s Party.San Open Air 2009. It’s quite obvious that much of the crowd are unfamiliar with the excellence of SHINING.
December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy! Continue reading →