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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 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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Shining Posts New Song "Framtidsutsikter"

Shining is revealing a third and final new stream from upcoming full-length "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends," which is due on April 21st through Season Of Mist. Check out the new track "Framtidsutsikter" now in the player below.

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Shining Streaming New Song

Shining is now revealing a brand new track taken from forthcoming full-length "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends."

Check out the new track "Besök Från I(ho)nom" in the player below, courtesy of Revovlermag.com. The new album will drop April 21st and the track listing is as follows:

1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
2. Vilja & Dröm (streaming here)
3. Framtidsutsikter
4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
6. Besök Från I(ho)nom More...

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Shining Premieres New Song "Vilja & Dröm"

Heavy metal has it's share of infamous outlaws, but as black metal enters it's third decade, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth continues to be its leading agent provocateur; inciting as much consternation among the "true" as he does fanaticism among the soon-to-be soiled minds of his growing legions of devotees.

Kvarforth's antics, opinions, and sometimes mere presence is accompanied by the gnashing teeth and wailing, tone-deaf opinions of the self-proclaimed genre "elite."

Shining adds yet more fuel to the fire with the brazen new album "IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends," which is an altogether moodier and more reflective album than the band's previous works.

To give you a taste of what's to come, today we at Metalunderground.com are stoked to bring you the official premiere of new track "Vilja & Dröm," which can be heard below.

If you like what you hear, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" will drop via Season Of Mist on April 21st, with pre-orders available at the Season of Mist e-shop over here. The full album's track listing is:

1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
2. Vilja & Dröm
3. Framtidsutsikter
4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
6. Besök Från I(ho)nom More...

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Shining Comments On Upcoming Album

Swedish outfit Shining (not to be confused with the Norwegian band of the same name) recently announced the band's upcoming full-length will be titled "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" and will hit the streets on the 20th of April via Season of Mist. A pre-sale is scheduled to begin on February 4th.

Mastermind Niklas Kvarforth comments: "Shining, the ninth, has been given the name of 'IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends'. For once I am extremely pleased with how this album turned out. I believe that the fevered presence of filth and uncompromising darkness is more prominent than ever before.

"Not only will our more recent fan-base 'enjoy' the oppression contained therein, but I am also certain that those who stopped listening to Shining after our fifth album will find the new one plague-ridden with what some might have felt was lacking on the more recent efforts… that atmosphere of old."

Shining also unveiled a new official website today, which can be found over at this location. Stay tuned for more info on the band's upcoming album.

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Shining Reveals New Album Title

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining today reveals first details on a forthcoming new album. The album, titled "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" will be released on April 21st via Season of Mist.

More information, including the track list and album art for "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" will be made available in the coming months.

Shining also recently announced a rare North American festival appearance at Montreal's Messe Des Morts Festival, with runs from April 2nd - 4th. More...

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Shining Announces North American Appearance

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has announced a rare North American festival appearance at Montreal's Messe Des Morts Festival.

Messe Des Morts runs from April 2nd - 4th and sees the band playing alongside other underground stalwarts Samael, Cult Of Cure, and Mitochondrion.

Shining (Niklas Kvarforth [Vocals, Concept, Guitars], Rainer Tuomikanto [Drums], Christian Larsson [Bass], Euge Valovirta [Guitar], Peter Huss [Guitar]) has also released photos taken during a recent video shoot for a track from the band's upcoming new record, which is set to be released by Season of Mist in the spring. The photos, by Assi Viljanen, can be seen at Shining's official Facebook page.

Founded in 1996, Shining has since earned notoriety within the black metal underground as a result of the band's innovative and ever-evolving sound, in addition to main-man Niklas Kvarforth's frightening and abrasive stage persona. Characterized by Kvarforth's philosophy on suicide, Shining was originally conceived as a "suicidal black metal" band, inciting violence within a rabid fan-base through the band's provocative lyrics and self-destructive imagery.

Refusing to be bound by the confines of the genre, Shining later expanded its unique approach to songwriting and themes, incorporating melodic death metal passages and dynamic vocals ranges. More...

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Shining Shoots New Music Video

Sweden’s Shining has released photos taken during a recent video shoot for a track from the band’s upcoming ninth full-length album, which is set to be released on Season of Mist in the Spring. Check out the new photo album over here.

The only details regarding the video that Shining is prepared to reveal for the time being is that it is being filmed in Helsinki, Finland and Belgrade, Serbia, and is directed by Martin Strandberg.

Strandberg was also responsible for the videos for “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” and “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” from the band’s seventh full-length album “VII / Född Förlorare,” and is currently working on a “warts and all” documentary about the band.

Commenting on the video, Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth had this to say: "Although Martin has worked on our videos before, this one will be something quite different from any previous efforts." More...

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Shining Finishes Work On New Album

Niklas Kvarforth from Swedish depressive black metal outfit Shining has issued the following announcement about wrapping up work on a new album:

"I am proud to announce that our new album has been mastered and shipped off to Season Of Mist. We are looking at a Spring 2015 release on various formats, all to be announced shortly.

"Meanwhile, we are working on a new live-set for all the festivals and club shows we’ve got lined up for next year, some already revealed, many not.

"2015 might become our busiest year yet, so see you soon and prepare for something a bit darker than before…"

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Shining Recording New Album

The Swedish depressive black metal band Shining (not the Norwegian black/jazz group of the same name) is currently working on a new album.

Niklas Kvarforth is now recording vocals for the new Shining album at Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios. Further details are forthcoming, and you can follow the recording process and see more photos at the band's Facebook profile.


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Roundtrip To Hel, Part II

[Continued from Part I]

SATURDAY, 6/28 - 13:30

“That’s a killer e-cig; where’d you pick it up?”

Actually, the stranger on the bus doesn’t say that. At least not in English. And judging from his condescending glare from a row up and across the aisle, I’m thinking he doesn’t approve.

I exhale the last puff of vapor toward the ceiling and shrug uncomfortably.

Rachel exchanges a few words with him, nudges me on the shoulder. “He’s definitely not from here - I can’t recognize his accent - but he says you’re not allowed to do that on the bus.”

“If he’s not from here, why’s he lecturing other people on the rules?” I shoot the man a neutral nod. “This stuff isn’t affecting him.” Still, I put it away. Some people, man. Busybodies.

Through my vest pocket, I finger the boxy outline of the pack of Marlboro Reds I bought last night after I caved. Post-Dimmu, our gearing-down at Nikky’s place a few blocks away became a relaxed, languid, drawn-out gab session, leading us to miss the afterparty band, Amorphis. For shame. Harakiri shame.

Instead, we ended up at PRKL, another rock club, well after midnight. After buying the pack and stepping outside to smoke one, I nearly got myself flattened by a passing street tram. That was probably some kind of sign. More...

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Shining Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the controversial Swedish metal band Shining (not to be confused with the Norwegian blackjazz band of the same name).

The band is currently writing for a 9th studio album, due to be released by Season of Mist in early 2015. Regarding the signing, Shining mastermind Niklas Kvarforth comments:

"After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next SHINING album. We have also once again decided to work with Andy La Roque and record at his Sonic Train facilities (Ascension, Hammerfall). The ceremony is set to begin in September, and thus my ninth child can be expected in early 2015."

Founded in 1996, Shining has since earned notoriety within the black metal underground as a result of the band's innovative and ever-evolving sound, in addition to main-man Niklas Kvarforth's frightening and abrasive stage persona.

Characterized by Kvarforth's philosophy on suicide, Shining was originally conceived as a "suicidal black metal" band, inciting violence within its rabid fan-base through the band's provocative lyrics and self-destructive imagery. Refusing to be bound by the confines of the genre, Shining later expanded its approach to songwriting and themes, incorporating melodic death metal passages and dynamic vocals ranges. Stay tuned for more info in the near future. More...

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Shining Postpones Tour Dates

Swedish outfit Shining has issued the following announcement about postponing upcoming European shows:

"Niklas Kvarforth has to undergo some intensive treatment for a back problem that developed during the last tour. He has been told by doctors that he should not travel or perform for the time being until the problem is sorted out, because to do so would risk making it worse.

"Unfortunately, therefore, Shining has had to postpone the scheduled Finnish tour. Please contact your ticket agencies for refunds if you have already bought your tickets. We will try and reschedule as soon as we can." More...

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