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Shining

Formed: 1997
From: Halmstad, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Shining News

Below is our complete Shining news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Shining (SWE) Premiere New Song

Sweden's Shining premiere their new song “Svart Ostoppbar Eld” (meaning ‘Black Unstoppable Fire’ in English). It’s the latest track to arrive from the band’s forthcoming album, “X – Varg Utan Flock“, which Season Of Mist will release on January 05.

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Shining Premieres New Song "Gyllene Portarnas Bro"

Sweden's Shining premieres its new song “Gyllene Portarnas Bro“, taken from the band's forthcoming album "X – Varg Utan Flock". The outing which will be released on January 05th via Season Of Mist.

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Fall of Summer Festival 2017 - Torcy, France

September 8th - Day One

Vive le Fall of Summer Festival 2017! My girlfriend and I arrived in Paris the day before the festival jet lagged and without a plan on how to get to the town of Torcy, the home of Fall of Summer Festival. So we did what any metalhead might do in this situation, we went to THE metal bar in town and for Paris, that bar is Le Black Dog. Located a stumble away from the Seine River and in the middle of a popular food and entertainment district, you wouldn’t even know it’s a metalhead sanctuary from the outside.

After sheepishly stepping inside, the bar was packed with plenty of other metalheads. Black metal was blaring over the sound system and I observed there was a solid beer selection and plenty of Fall of Summer posters and drink coasters strewn about. After attempting to ask the bartenders and then realizing there was somewhat of a language barrier going on, I said “fuck it.” I shoved four of the Fall of Summer cardboard beer coasters into my girlfriend’s purse and decided that we’d figure it out the next day.

The first day of the fest, we decided to call our cab driver that drove us from the airport to take us to Fall of Summer and after a 40 minute drive, we arrived in Torcy. After winding through a few country roads, the all familiar seas of tents became visible. Our driver asked us where he should go to drop us and I told him anywhere near the mass of black t-shirts…duh! After a relatively short wait in line with several dozen of anxious festival attendees (approximately 1 hour), we were inside of Fall of Summer. Our first mission was to get adult beverages and food and to accomplish that we had to purchase “tokens.” After securing enough tokens for a day, we were able to complete our mission and finally set out to see our first band of the day.

Necrowretch, a death metal band from France no less, played a tight and aggressive set under a cloud filled sky. The crowd was small, but it was obvious that people were still making their way into the fest while they played. In fact, it was evident that at some point, there was going to be rain in the forecast. We weren’t worried, we had ponchos!

After Necrowretch, we started exploring the festival grounds. What a better place to start our exploration other than the merch area. There were about a dozen or so vendors, plus a bar and a café to peruse through. In addition, and most importantly, there were umbrella covered standing areas to chill…err…I mean escape from the rain that would dominate most of Friday’s festivities. The second band of the day was the blackened jazz version of Shining. Also hailing from Norway, this version was a last minute replacement band when Saint Vitus unfortunately had to drop off the fest. Without a doubt, The Shining were one of the more eclectic bands of the entire fest, they poured on the saxophone around the same time the rain ramped up its performance.

As the rain continued to soak everyone to the bone, that didn’t stop us and the rest of the festival attendees from checking out Gaahl’s Wyrd. Performing a swath of material from Gorgoroth, God Seed and Trelldom, Gaahl commanded a ten song set that made everyone forget about the rain for the time being. At one point, and I apologize for not remembering which song it was, but he sang in French to which the hometown fans responded in earnest. Ending his set with “Prosperity and Beauty,” the ever so eloquent Gaahl saluted with a sincere “Merci beaucoup” before exiting the stage.

After being soaked to the bone, the weather unfortunately got the best of us on this first day of Fall of Summer. As we made our way towards the exits, we were able to watch a couple songs from Blasphemy’s set. Covered from head to toe in chains, spikes and black leather, Blasphemy blasted the crowd with sheer brutality. As a teenager, I remember purchasing their debut album on Wild Rags Records and I, like most that followed them back then, are probably surprised by their rise to becoming a cult legend among extreme metal purists. Well, that was it for day one of Fall of Summer, hopefully the next day would be drier. More...

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Shining Posts New Song

Swedish outfit Shining today unleashes the first track taken from forthcoming album, "X - Varg Utan Flock" (due out out January 5th). The song "Jag Är Din Fiende" will also be released on the A-side of a 10" vinyl single, entitled "Fiende" and coming out November 24th.

Shining mastermind Niklas Kvarforth comments on the new song: "The third track, 'Jag Är Din Fiende,' from our upcoming tenth album embodies everything that Shining represents on a musical level. An uncompromising mix of high and low tainted with a sinister atmosphere of horrible unease.

"Lyrically, this track speaks of the need and means for retribution, making not only this, but the album overall, infused with a nightmarish maliciousness and a pitch-black hatred that hasn't been as prominent on our earlier albums. There is a war coming and this is our statement on what we have in store for you!" More...

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"Light Dawning" Available For Free This Week

Hey there regulars, passers-by, and detractors, just a heads up that my latest fiction release - the grimdark fantasy / horror novel "Light Dawning" - is available for free this week through Friday night!

You can snag a copy for yourself at no cost in digital Kindle format at Amazon here (the physical edition remains available for sale at normal price).

If you missed it or want to try before you (freely) buy, the full first chapter can be read at this location.

Heavily inspired by a variety of metal from the likes of Code to Shining to Ihsahn, a full playlist that evokes the themes and mood of the book can also be heard below after the trailer.

Check it all out and let me know what you think! Here's a quick synopsis of what to expect from the book:

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn. More...

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Shining Finishes Work On 10th Album

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining just completed work on a tenth studio album. The album, titled "X - Varg Utan Flock" ("Wolf without a Pack"), will be released worldwide by Season of Mist.

Regarding the new album, Shining mastermind Niklas Kvarforth comments: "It has been an ordeal of gigantic proportions, but I am pleased to announce that the recording of our tenth album have now come to an end, and I am currently working on the final visual details before this aural nightmare can be sent off to our label and fuck up your lives.

"'X - Varg Utan Flock' is the direct follow up to our fifth album, but, as usual it does contain a few unexpected twists and turns that will send cold shivers down your spines. It was an honour to serve for two decades as the grand puppet-master and bringer of chaos. Let there be blood!"

Shining was also featured as the focal point of a new documentary produced by Art House Films. Titled "Cold Void," the documentary is a personal portrait of Kvarforth, the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia. "Cold Void" is set for release in the fall and DVD and VOD. More...

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Shining Show In Phoenix Cancelled

After front man Niklas Kvarforth's aggressive on and off stage behavior got a show in Portland cancelled, now the upcoming May 21st show in Phoenix has been nixed as well, with the promoter commenting:

"The show is officially cancelled. I tried to make this event happen but Metalsuck.com is turning people away as well as other publications. Not to mention the people that witnessed the event in question posting everywhere about it."

It's unclear at this point the fate of the remaining tour dates with Revenge and Wolvhammer, which were slated as follows:

May 17 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge (Cancelled)
May 18 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
May 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto (Cancelled)
May 23 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
May 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club More...

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Shining’s Portland Show Cancelled

The Tonic Lounge (Portland, Oregon) has cancelled today’s (May 17th) Shining show, due to vocalist Niklas Kvarforth's alleged behavior at a bar and show a few nights prior.

States the Tonic Lounge:

"Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th. All tickets will be refunded.

"We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

"This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed. More...

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Read The Full First Chapter Of "Light Dawning"

Update: the second chapter has also come online and can be read over here.

Following previous sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning."

Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions available here.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

Today we're introducing you to one of those main characters: Myrr, a man on the run since coming across something beyond his comprehension that is desperately sought by the Knights of the Black Gauntlet. Check out an exclusive sneak peak of the full opening chapter of "Light Dawning" below.

"Light Dawning" was inspired by heavy metal of all stripes, from avant-garde black metal to occult rock, with the Myrr segments of the book in particular drawing on tracks from the Code album "Mut" and Shining release "IX - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends." If you'd like to read the chapter as it was written and intended to be experienced, a playlist of songs fueling the writing sessions can be heard below that match the themes and tone of the book's opening section.

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Niklas Kvarforth Covered In "Cold Void" Film

Niklas Kvarforth, founder of the controversial Swedish metal band Shining, is featured as the focal point of a new documentary produced by Art House Films.

Titled "Cold Void," the documentary is a personal portrait of Kvarforth, the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia. The documentary was filmed by Art House producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film.

"Cold Void" is set for release in the fall and will also be available worldwide in DVD format directly from Artax Film and Shining, as well as via VOD.

Marino comments: "I've known about Niklas and his music for a long time. His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person. I did some research and we got in contact. I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We got along from the start and he proved to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest, and never left any of my questions unanswered." More...

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Ty Arthur Releasing New Grimdark Novel

Following his debut sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, heavy metal scribe Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning.” Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions to follow shortly.

Like its predecessor, the creation of “Light Dawning” was driven forward by the power of music, with special thanks in particular due to U.K. avant-garde black metal group Code, Norwegian musical enigma Ihsahn, and Chilean prog rock group Bauda. To get an advance preview of the themes and tone of the novel, a music playlist matching several scenes can be heard via Spotify here or in the player below.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn. More...

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Shining Announces North American Tour With Revenge

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining and Canadian chaos extremists Revenge have announced a North American tour. The "No More Safe Space" tour begins on May 5th in Baltimore and runs until May 24th.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. The "No More Safe Space Tour" will be Shining's first North American headlining tour and also Revenge's first tour since an appearance on 2015's epic "Black Metal Warfare" tour.

May 5 Baltimore, MD @ Sparta Inn
May 6 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Championship Bar
May 8 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 9 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
May 10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
May 11 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
May 12 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
May 15 Vancouver, BC @ The Red Room (No Revenge)
May 16 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 17 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
May 18 Oakland, CA @Metro Opera House
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
May 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
May 23 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
May 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club More...

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Shining Kicks Off European Tour

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has embarked on a 20th anniversary tour in Europe. The tour kicks off in Berlin tonight, and sees Shining performing alongside Taake and Slegest in support of latest album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends."

Dec. 2 Berlin (DE) @ Nuke
Dec. 4 London (UK) @ Underworld
Dec. 5 Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
Dec. 6 Rennes (FR) @ UBU
Dec. 7 Roeselare (BE) @ De Verlichte Geest
Dec. 8 Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) @ Kulturfabrik
Dec. 9 Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
Dec. 10 München (DE) @ Backstage
Dec. 11 Brescia (IT) @ Circolo Colony More...

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Shining To Record Live Album

Swedish outfit Shining has been on the road touring in support of the infamous band's second decade of existence, and now a live album is in the works to commemorate that that milestone. Niklas Kvarforth comments:

"As the year comes to an end and we are heading out on the final celebration of Shining's 20th anniversary, We have decided to finally, after years of failed attempts, to record a live album. We will therefore record all shows on the upcoming tour with Taake (Official) and Slegest. See you soon..." More...

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Soulemission Posts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Dutch black metal outfit Soulemission premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming debut album "Tales of Inevitable Death", which will be out in stores October 31st, via Samhain, Black Lion Records. The line-up includes former members of Prostitute Disfigurement and Cirith Gorgor, as well as session drums provided by Menthor (Enthroned, Lvcifyre, Nightbringer). The fourth track on the album ("Seas of Emptiness") includes also guest vocals by Niklas Kvarforth of Sweden’s Shining.

Check out now "Tales of Inevitable Death" in its entirety below.

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Belphegor and Origin at Reggies Rock Club

I always liked Belphegor since the first time I saw them live. So having them appear on a really solid tour package with Origin and Abigail Williams was a show which I absolutely had to see. It was my first time seeing them since I caught them with Keep of Kallessin back in 2011 as I spent 2013-2015 outside of the metal scene, first asphyxiating in absolute misery before returning to school to earn a degree.

The majority of the bands playing were black metal and while I could have worn a shirt for Immortal, Melechesh or Primordial, I chose to wear my Converge shirt. Nothing sticks it to the Wicker Park-dwelling beards and flannel crowd more than proudly wearing the shirt of the band responsible for the 2000s metalcore boom to a black metal show. I proudly felt like Homer Simpson wearing a Rastafarian hat at Lollapalooza.

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Shining Kicks Off First U.S. Tour

The ever despondent Swedes from Shining have embarked on a first U.S. tour in the history of the depressive black metal band.

This trek stops in Las Vegas tonight, and sees Shining performing alongside Belphegor, Origin, and Abigail Williams. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Shining is touring in support of latest full-length album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" (reviewed here). Dates for the trek are as follows:

Aug. 15 Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
Aug. 16 Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
Aug. 17 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Aug. 18 W. Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
Aug. 19 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
Aug. 20 Portland, OR - Star Theater
Aug. 21 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 22 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Aug. 24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Aug. 25 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Aug. 26 Cave-in-Rock, IL - Full Metal Assault
Aug. 27 Dayton, OH - Oddbody's
Aug. 28 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug. 30 Quebec City, QC - Salle Multi
Aug. 31 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre More...

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Shining Announces North American Shows

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has announced a first-ever U.S. tour beginning on August 11th in Houston, and seeing the band performing alongside Belphegor, Origin, and Abigail Williams.

Shining is touring in support of new album, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" (reviewed here).

Dates for the impending late summer trek are as follows:

Aug. 11 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Aug. 12 Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
Aug. 13 Ft. Worth, TX - The Rail Club
Aug. 15 Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
Aug. 16 Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
Aug. 17 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Aug. 18 W. Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
Aug. 19 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
Aug. 20 Portland, OR - Star Theater
Aug. 21 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 22 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Aug. 24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Aug. 25 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Aug. 26 Cave-in-Rock, IL - Full Metal Assault
Aug. 27 Dayton, OH - Oddbody's
Aug. 28 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug. 30 Quebec City, QC - Salle Multi
Aug. 31 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre More...

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New Bands Added To Fall Of Summer Lineup

The Fall Of Summer festival team is proud to reveal two more acts to be added to the 2016 lineup, taking place September 2nd and 3rd in France.

Shining will perform a special set to celebrate the band's 20 year anniversary, while fellow countrymen from Unleashed will make the lake of Torcy tremble with some unholy death metal.

These announcements join previously confirmed bands Exciter, Revenge, Nifelheim, Dead Congregation, Manilla Road, Grim Reaper, Abigail, and Hell Militia, with another 18 bands still to be announced. More...

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Shining Posts New Song Online

Are you ready to become a fully-fledged, card-carrying member of the International Blackjazz Society? If you need an incentive to enact your membership, we've got one in the form of a new song - check out "Last Day" below.

Norwegian outfit Shining will release upcoming album "International Blackjazz Society" on October 23 via Spinefarm Records.

"'Last Day' is a very driving track that is shaping up to become one of our favorite songs to play live," Shining frontman Jørgen Munkeby said. "The few times we've played in live, the audiences have gone wild. It's a true tribute to '90s industrial rock, but still with a flair signature Shining sax madness to spice it up."

Previously posted "International Blackjazz Society" track "The Last Stand" can also still be heard at this location. More...

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