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Formed: 1997
From: Halmstad, Sweden
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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 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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Filmmaker To Follow Shining On Tour

Swedish film maker Martin Strandberg is set to accompany Niklas Kvarforths’ Shining on the band's upcoming headlining European tour where he will film performance footage and interviews for a documentary.

Work on the documentary, which traces Shining’s often turbulent history, was begun earlier this year, and is expected to finish in time for a general release towards the end of 2014. A second video teaser featuring Carpathian Forest’s Nattefrost and Anders Kobro can be seen below.

Whilst being the subject of the documentary, founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth is keen to emphasize that Shining itself has no input or influence whatsoever on the content: “The documentary was entirely the idea of Martin Strandberg, and, other than being interviewed for it ourselves, we have no hand in it at all. All we know is that family, friends, former band members and who knows who else are contributing, but what they’re contributing we will have to wait to find out along with everyone else."

The Razors Across Europe tour will hit the road on the 22nd of November. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Shining (Swe) Announces Live Shows

Sweden’s Shining (not to be confused with the Norwegian act of the same name) is set to hit the road again at the start of the New Year to undertake four dates in Finland as an extension to the previously announced Razors Across Europe tour.

The dates are part of the “Feverdreams” events to promote the release of the band’s full-length album “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” which came out on Dark Essence Records at the end of September. Routing for the Finnish dates s as follows:

22 Jan - Klubi, Tampere
23 Jan - Lutakko, Jyväskylä
24 Jan - Klubi, Turku
25 Jan - Virgin Oil, Helsinki

A track from “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd," featuring guest vocals from some of the elite of black metal including Attila Csihar, Maniac, Gaahl, Famine, and Pehr Larsson, can be heard below. More...

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Sterbhaus To Support Shining On Tour

Stockholm-based blackened thrash quartet Sterbhaus recently returned from a three week European tour in support of Vader and Melechesh promoting the new album "Angels for Breakfast ...And God for Lunch."

Now Sterbhaus has been confirmed to support Swedish outfit Shining, together with Crest of Darkness, for the "Razors Over Europe" tour that kicks off November 22nd in Berlin and wraps up December 8th in Scotland. More...

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Shining Reveals New Album Artwork

Sweden's Shining (not to be confused with the Norwegian band of the same name that recently released the "One One One" album) will be teaming up with Dark Essence Records to release a new full-length album.

The band today reveals the cover art by Michal Pawlowski, available below. To be titled “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd,” the album will be released in both CD and limited edition black or white 12” vinyl versions, with liner notes by Niklas Kvarforth, and is set to appear on the 23rd of September. All three versions are now available to pre-order from Dark Essence Records at this location or direct from the band here.

While the use of the number 8 ½ may seem a little strange to denote what would effectively be a 9th full-length album from the band, its use is deliberate because “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” is a rather special beast from Shining, consisting as it does of six songs from the “Livets Ändhållplats” and “Angst” era in their original pre-production versions but with the addition of newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as Lars Fredrik Fröslie’s keyboards, which the band didn’t start using until its sixth album.

Additionally, the vocals on each of the tracks will be performed by six different vocalists who have added their own interpretation and given a totally different dimension to all the songs. It’s a project that the Shining founder and frontman has wanted to do for many years now, and according to a press release also "serves as a kick in the teeth to all the bootleggers who have tried to illegally earn money for themselves off the back of the band’s hard work and creativity." More...

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Shining Reveals Split Artwork

Sweden's Shining has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming split with Mortuary Drape as well as posting a teaser for a new track.

Titled “In the Eerie Cold Where All the Witches Dance” and set for release on Primitive Art Records, the 7” vinyl will contain an exclusive track from each of the bands. The two tracks will only be released on the split and will not appear on any album.

Commenting about the Shining track on the original announcement of the split, front man and founder Niklas Kvarforth said: “In 1998 a song was written which was intended for inclusion on our first album. However, somehow we were not able to record it properly, which forced us to re-record 'Endless Solitude' instead. At the next Abyss session we faced the same problem and after that, the then-titled 'One With The Endless,' was left out as we were certain the song had a curse written all over it. Quite recently, we gave it a third shot, and this time the curse was embraced instead of the opposite. A strange phenomena reinventing itself in every way possible, and, for some odd reason, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t write any suitable lyrics, and once again considered leaving it be. I did however have a very close friend of mine in the studio who not only came up with a new lyrical theme for the song but was also given my full blessings to sing it." More...

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Shining Streaming Katatonia Cover

Swedish act Shining has posted a cover online of Katatonia's "For My Demons," which appeared on the all-covers EP "Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt."

Check out the song in the SoundCloud player below. The original Katatonia track appeared on the "Tonight's Decision" album.

For My Demons (Katatonia Cover) by SHINING OFFICIAL

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Shining Reveals New Album Title

Sweden’s Shining has today announced that the band's new album will be called “Redefining Darkness.” Unlike all previous Shining albums, “Redefining Darkness,” which will be the band’s eighth full-length release, will not preface its title with a number.

According to founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth “The use of numbers to describe our albums is no longer something that Shining is interested in doing. The new album is without a doubt the darkest thing I have ever done or heard. People will be upset for sure – and hopefully its divine genius will destroy the lives of thousands."

“Redefining Darkness” is set for release on Spinefarm Records International later this year. In other news from the band, a new website has been set up at this location.

Shining’s next live appearance will take place at Summer-Breeze in Dinkelsbuehl, Germany on Saturday August 18th, followed by the Bunker Festival in Oslo, Norway on the 25th August. The official video for the track “Förtvivlan Min Arvedel” from the Shining album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen here.

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Shining Posts Studio Update

Swedish black metal band Shining has updated its studio blog (which can be followed by heading over to this location), including video studio updates. The band are currently recording an eighth studio effort and the follow up to the 2011 release "VII: Född Förlorare."

The band's latest diary entry reads:

"Yup, we have reached our first milestone - all album track drums have now been recorded!

"Yesterday was a cheerful day compared to the somewhat gloomy Tuesday. The final drum recordings went extremely well (which was of course to be expected from a real pro such as Ludwig!), and once everything was in the can Niklas took Witt out for a well deserved dinner to celebrate.

"It is not time for Ludwig to go home just yet though, Thursday will start the drum recordings for some extra tracks and surprises that Shining has in store for all...

"On a slightly sadder note it seems that Shining's not-so-new-anymore bassist Christian has fallen victim to a throat virus that has been circling around in Sweden, which forced him to stay in bed whilst all others went to town. By the powers invested us by paracetamol and vitamin supplements, we wish that he would become a healthy young man very soon again...

"Things were cheerful enough for all after the dinner though as the guys bought some new movies and all spent the evening watching such gloomy classics as 'Get Him to the Greek' and 'The Naked Gun'.

"I cannot emphasize enough how good "Get Him to the Greek" is - but you'll probably get the idea after I post up Wednesday's video blog today.

"Until then, keep up the good work, you've been very busy watching and commenting the blog both in here and in Facebook! All of the guys are eagerly looking forward to all contributions and questions you have made.

"So, as always, keep watching this space, and "Does anyone remember the lyrics to 'African Child'?!?"

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Shining Video Interview Available

Kaaos TV has posted a video interview online of Niklas Kvarforth from Shining, which was conducted at the Firebox Metalfest in Seinäjoki, Finland. You can check out the interview in the player below, or find Shining's latest music video "Fortvivlan, Min Arvede" at this location.

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Niklas Kvarforth Announces Solo Release

Niklas Kvarforth, founder and front man of Swedish extreme metallers Shining, has announced details of the upcoming release of a solo project that will chart fifteen years of his often controversial musical career. “Fifteen Years of Absolute Darkness,” scheduled for release on Spinefarm Records on the 7th December this year, will feature 15 tracks from various bands on which Kvarforth has guested on vocals.

Included are tracks from bands such as Gravdal, Bethlehem, The Vision Bleak, Den Saakaldte, as well as a previously unreleased alternative version of Shining's “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel.” The double CD will come with a lavishly illustrated booklet which contains Kvarforth’s comments on all the tracks. The track listing for “Fifteen Years of Absolute Darkness” is as follows:

Disc 1
1. KKOAGULAA - Excerpt 4
2. DIABOLICUM - Salvation Through Vengeance
3. MANES - Bli Med Mig
4. IN LINGUA MURTUA - Cold Void Messiah
5. MONUMENTUM - The Colour Of Compassion
6. SHINING - Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel (alternative version)
7. HJARNIDAUDI - A Darkblue Afternoon
8. LIVSNEDAD - Fobisk Sälta

Disc 2
1. THE VISION BLEAK – I Dined With The Swans
2. GLORIOR BELLI - The Night Scalp Challenger
3. FUNERAL DIRGE - Alpha Sans Omega
4. GRAVDAL - Mishandlet
5. NEKROS - The Black Serpent
6. BETHLEHEM - Yesterday I Still Died Today
7. DEN SAAKALDTE – Mesias More...

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Shining To Shoot New Music Video

Shining has announced that the band will start work on a second video in October of this year, which follows the previously posted "Fortvivlan, Min Arvede" video. The new video will be shot for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from Shining's seventh full length album “VII / Född Förlorare.”

The song will be filmed both during a live concert and in a studio setting. Martin Strandberg will once again be directing, together with Shining founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth. Production will be handled by Jussi Hyttinen of FLC415. The live footage will be filmed at a Shining concert at the Club Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland, on the 5th October, when the band will end the evening by playing “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” several times in order for it to be filmed. Fans wanting to attend the show and the filming will be able to get tickets at this location.

Joining Shining live on stage for the filming will be Nordman (Håkan Hemlin), one of Sweden’s top pop stars, who originally guested on the track on the album.

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Shining Reveals New Single Artwork

Shining has previously announced the upcoming June release of the new single "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel," which will also include a cover of Alice Cooper's "Prince of Darkness." The artwork for the single is now available online and can be viewed below.

Shining also recently posted a music video online for "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel." You can check out the clip by heading over to this location.

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Shining Posts Video For "Fortvivlan, Min Arvede"

Sweden’s Shining has released a music video for the first time in the band's 15 year history. The video for the track “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” can be viewed in the player below, and was directed by Martin Strandberg and Niklas Kvarforth, produced by Martin Strandberg, and created by Black Shadows Film productions. The track is taken from the new album “VII / Född Förlorare.” The censored version is also available here.

“We know we are going to get heavily criticized for some of the scenes” commented front man and founder Niklas Kvarforth, “but it’s nothing more than you will see as soon as you switch on a television or watch a move, or walk down a city street come to that. But we’re Shining and it’s always open season on Shining when it comes to people who have neither understood, nor taken the time to try and understand, where the band is coming from."

Shining's seventh full length album “VII / Född Förlorare,” which in English means “Born Loser,” was released this month on the band’s new label Spinefarm Records, and includes guest appearances from Erik Danielsson of Watain, Chris Amott of Arch Enemy, Peter Bjärgö of Arcana, and Swedish pop star Nordman. The band also recently announced that it would be releasing its first ever single.

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Shining To Release New Single

Shining, which recently shot a music video to be released later this month, is set to release a new single containing two songs. The tracks on the single include "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel," taken from the new album "VII / Född Förlorare," while the second will be a previously un-released cover of the Alice Cooper song "Prince of Darkness."

This will be the first time that Shining has released a single, and founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth is hopeful that the new video will be included along with the two tracks. Kvarforth stated, "We are trying to get the video included, but the people behind the single are a little nervous, and probably quite rightly so given its subject matter and content. We are looking into the possibility of maybe including a censored version. We'll see how that pans out, but whatever happens, the uncensored version will definitely appear very soon, so Shining fans who have been waiting for it, will not be disappointed."

You can also check out a track-by-track breakdown of the new Shining album by heading over here.

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Shining Records New Music Video

Shining has checked in with the following brief update about filming a new music video to be released in May:

"Filming for the new Shining video has been completed, and the video, which uses a track from the new album, will make its debut on the 25th May.

"The video might not be the most extreme thing you will ever see, but it will definitely be one of the most uncomfortable."

Shining also recently posted a new song online titled "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel," which can be heard at this location.

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