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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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"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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Melted Space Reveals Guest Musician Lineup

As the album nears release via Laser's Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space's "The Great Lie" has now been released.

The new full-length album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.

Laser's Edge division Sensory Records will release "The Great Lie" on October 16, 2015. Stand by for audio samples from the album, an official lyric video and more to be issued in the weeks ahead. More...

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Shining Announces Fall Tour Dates

Shining has released the full schedule regarding European shows in autumn 2015. The Swedes will be eschewing the usual practice of dragging bands on lengthy tours through several countries in favour of shorter runs on a country-by-country basis.

Shining will visit a total of nine countries in support of ninth full-length album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends." A special double gatefold edition of the album in black and white marble vinyl strictly limited to 300 copies will be available for sale exclusively on the tour.

Frontman and founder Niklas Kvarforth explains the reason behind his band's decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:

"Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage. Being stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable nightliner with people you don't even know and no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax for weeks on the road, is not conducive to any of us and particularly myself to be able to always deliver a top performance. Therefore we will definitely not do this. We have furthermore decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit. We rather play better venues with better facilities - not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible." More...

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Shining Posts New Video

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has released a brand new music video for the track "Vilja & Dröm." The Martin Strandberg-directed video (NSFW) is streaming below, thanks to No Clean Singing.

"Vilja & Dröm" is taken from Shining's new album, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" (reviewed here). If you missed it, be sure to listen to the full album right here.

Shining also recently announced summer European festival dates, including appearances at Barroselas Metal Fest, Incineration Fest in London, Wacken Open Air, and many more. A full list of upcoming dates is available after the jump. More...

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Shining Streams Full Album Online

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining is now streaming new album, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" in full. Listen in below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

"IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" will be released on April 21st via Season of Mist. The album will be available across CD, digital, and several limited edition LP formats.

Regarding the album, vocalist and Shining main-man Niklas Kvarforth comments: "Six days from now, the world will behold the beauty and the horror that is our ninth album! Thanks to a few of our allied partners you are now able to stream the album in full! Remember… Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, ENDS!"

For more info on the album, be sure to check out our interview with Kvarforth at this location. More...

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