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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 Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has announced the signing of avant-garde black metallers SHINING. "VI / Klagopsalmer," the Swedes' sixth studio album, will be released in North America on next February 9th. The artwork was designed by WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson.

As previously reported, SHINING will tour the US with SEPTICFLESH and BEHEMOTH in January. The latest tour dates are as follows, with more to be announced:

January 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
January 8 - W. Springfield, VA - Jaxx
January 9 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
January 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
January 11 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre
January 13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
January 15 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
January 16 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
January 17 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
January 18 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
January 19 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
January 21 - Calgary, AB - Republik
January 22 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
January 23 - Regina, SK - The District
January 24 - Winnipeg, MB - WECC
January 25 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
January 26 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 27 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
January 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
January 30 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre

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Behemoth Announces North American Tour

Polish black metal outfit Behemoth will be heading back to North America in January of next year for a headlining tour in support of their latest album, "Evangelion." Support on the trek will come from Greek natives Septic Flesh and Swedish band, Shining. Tickets will go on sale on November 20th.

The tour dates are as follows (more to follow soon): More...

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Enslaved Added to Roadburn Festival 2010

Enslaved has been announced as artists in residence for Roadburn Festival 2010, which will take place April 15-18 in Tilburg, Holland. Enslaved will be playing the Thursday.

Roadburn states: "We are thrilled to announce that Norway’s Enslaved will be our artists in residence for next years Roadburn Festival, set to be held from April 15 – 18, 2010 at both the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg – Holland. Enslaved have been groundbreaking metal pioneers for almost 20 years. Since their Viking-metal inception, the band has been forging a connection between black metal and prog, arriving at an incredible melange of heavy psych and modern metal. Enslaved embodies the experimental, dark and psychedelic aspect of Roadburn, and we have invited them as our artists in residence – a premiere for Roadburn - for our 2010 festival. Enslaved, and various band members, will be doing several special shows during the festival.

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson comments: “This show will pan towards the latter day Enslaved and will consist of a set list specially put together for Roadburn; emphasizing the heavy, the psychedelic and not but least – the visual aspect of what Enslaved is today. Be prepared for a surprise or two!”

Enslaved / Shining (NO) will be the main headliner of Roadburn Festival 2010, playing their 90-minute Armageddon Concerto on Saturday, April 17th. Composed by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and arranged together with the band members, Bjørnson describes the Armageddon Concerto as “an experience of a life time. Prog, doom, jazz, extreme metal, northern mythology, science fiction –this is going to be massive.”

The festival also features Dream of an Opium Eater, Trinacria, Mouth of the Architect, YOB, Triptykon, Altar of Plagues and many others. For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.

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Tattoo The Mind Festival Canceled

Sweden's Shining has issued the following announcement about the Tattoo The Mind Festival being canceled:

"Regrettably we have been informed by the organizers that the Tattoo the Mind festival, which was due to take place on the 10th and 11th of October in Metz, has had to be canceled. Once more we have to apologize to our fans that due to circumstances beyond our control they will not be able to see us play. However, we would like to say that the organizers of Tattoo the Mind have been very correct and honest in their dealings with us, and we understand their position and hope that they will be back next year. Below we have included the basic text of their email regarding the cancellation (excluding parts that relate to business matters):

'As the organizer and producer of the TATTOO THE MIND Festival taking place the 10th & 11th of October in Metz (France), I make my own duty to give you some information about its progressing through this mail.

'Only 13 days to the opening of the doors and the few pre-sales we have already scored until today for this event has been becoming very worrying. We have sold 360 one-day tickets (for the 10th AND 11th of October altogether) + 210 two-day packages. Hence an average of less than 400 per day (or 800 for both days altogether) !!!

'Yet, this festival reaches its economical balance with 4500 people coming and accumulated on both days (naturally, you have at your disposal the budget of the festival but also the current score of pre-sales). The daily evolution of sales tends sadly to be rather unconvincing. More...

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Satyricon Comments On Forthcoming Tour

Norwegian black metal veterans Satyricon has posted a message online regarding their forthcoming Finale In Black tour. The message reads as follows:

"The North American tour is closing in, Aalborg Metal Fest in November is confirmed and now finally, Finale In Black is good to go.

"This will be the last European tour with The Age Of Nero before we withdraw to take a well-earned break and work creatively for some time. Support will come from Shining, Negura Bunget and Dark Fortress."

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Shining To Support Satyricon On European Tour

Swedish extreme metallers Shining have been confirmed to support Satyricon on an upcoming European Tour. The 17-date tour, set to start on the 2nd December, also includes Negura Bunget and Dark Fortress. Referring to the recent cancellation of Shining’s European tour, front man Niklas Kvarforth said:

“We are all too aware of the fact that a lot of fans were disappointed by the actions of the Metal Maniacs Agency, which forced us to cancel the tour, but hopefully the tour with SATYRICON will go some way towards making up for it. We are also looking at a lot of possibilities for next year at the moment, so be prepared for SHINING and 2010”.

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

12/02: Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium
12/03: TBA
12/04: Trabendo, Paris, France
12/05: Turock, Essen, Germany
12/06: Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
12/07: Backstage, Munich, Germany
12/08: Estragon, Bologna, Italy
12/10: Szene, Vienna, Austria
12/11: TBA, Bratislava, Slovakia
12/12: Folimanka, Prague, Czech Rep
12/13: Studio Club, Krakow, Poland
12/15: Train, Ahus, Denmark
12/16: Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12/17: Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
12/18: Alte Spinerei, Glauchau, Germany
12/19: Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
12/20: O2, Islington, London, UK

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Shining Updates Tour Schedule

Swedish metallers Shining had previously announced that they were forced to cancel their European tour. Shining has now issued the following update about some tour dates that will still occur:

"The only dates affected by the recent cancellation were those on the Destroying Europe Tour. The following live dates have NOT been canceled:

5 September – Hellflame Festival, Osnabruck
6 September – Ashes to Ashes…, Tilburg
10 October – Tattoo The Mind, Metz
24 October – Hellflame Festival, Lichtenfels

"If people want accurate information about what is going on with bands, they need to stop reading rumours and speculation on the Internet and on forums, and always check on the official band pages instead."

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Gwydion Comments On Tour Cancellation

As was previously reported, Shining and supporting act Gwydion had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to problems with their booking agency. Gwydion has issued the following statement about the cancellation:

"It's with great sadness and disappointment that GWYDION has to announce that they have to cancel the Destroying Europe Tour, which would have started at Aug. 14.

"Gwydion had also no other choice than to step away from this badly organized tour by booking agency Metal Maniac from Romania.

"The band's thoughts go to their fans, all of them had been looking forward to meet all fans on tour and give them a great show and canceling so short before the tour starts is a nightmare.

"Needless to say that Gwydion will of course terminate their contract with Metal Maniac Booking Agency and hopes that no other bands have to experience what they had to experience today!!!"

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Shining Explains Forced European Tour Cancellation

Swedish extreme metal band SHINING has issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of the forthcoming European tour:

“Due to the action, or rather the lack of action, of the Metal Maniac agency in Romania, who were booking the tour, SHINING is very disappointed to announce that the Destroying Europe 2009 tour is no longer able to go ahead." More...

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Gwydion Announces European Tour Dates with Shining

Portugese viking/folk metal band, GWYDION, has announced a European tour with SHINING, FINSTERFORST, ASHAENA and SARKOM. The tour will take place from the 14th till the 30th of August 2009. the dates are as follows:

14 Aug 2009 - Paddys Irish Pub DE, Coburg
15 Aug 2009 - SkullCrusher DE, Dresden
16 Aug 2009 - Estrada Stage Bar PL, Bydgoszcz
17 Aug 2009 - Arlus Hall RO, Oradea
18 Aug 2009 - Alcatraz Pub RO, Baia Mare
19 Aug 2009 - Garabonczias HU, Szeged
21 Aug 2009 - Club Gepi BG, Plovdiv
22 Aug 2009 - Eightball Club GR, Thessaloniki
23 Aug 2009 - SKC RS, Belgrad
25 Aug 2009 - Positiva IT, Parma
26 Aug 2009 - Le local FR, Marseille
27 Aug 2009 - Wolfszeit Festival Location DE, Crispendorf, Thüringen
29 Aug 2009 - Gala Hala SI, Ljubljana
30 Aug 2009 - Randal Club SK, Bratislava

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Shining Confirmed For Tattoo The Mind Festival

Shining has been confirmed to appear at this year's Tattoo The Mind Festival in Metz, France. The festival is currently scheduled to take place on October 10th and 1tth, 2009. The full line-up is expected to be revealed shortly.

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Contraband Candy Interviews Shining

Contraband Candy caught up with Shining frontman Kvarforth at their London appearance at the Infernal Damnation Festival. The band also let them video their live show. You can watch the video interview below, or here for the higher resolution version. More...

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Shining Confirmed For Ashes To Ashes Festival

Sweden's Shining has been confirmed to appear at the Ashes To Ashes…Doom to Dust Chapter IV Festival on September 6th at the Cultuurfabriek Hall of Fame, in Tilburg Holland.

The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Alkerdeel
Bunkur
Funeralium
Habsyll
Hjarnidaudi
Kongh
Sardonis
Saturnalia Temple
Switchblade
Urfaust

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Shining Recording New Album "Shining VII"

Swedish metallers Shining have issued the following announcement about recording a new album:

"SHINING has once again entered the Slaughterhouse, to begin work on SHINING VII.

"The seventh album will take a different direction from that taken on the sixth (which incidentally we have been told will be released on the 30th June unless there are any other problems with the printers).

"Track list and samples from SHINING VII will follow as soon as we start mixing the album."

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Skitliv Signs To Season of Mist

Season of Mist has announced the signing of former MAYHEM frontman, Maniac’s new black/doom band SKITLIV, to their roster.

Together with members of SKITLIV, Maniac will be present at a listening session at this year's Inferno Festival in Oslo, which will showcase "Skandinavisk Misantropi." The album will receive its first public hearing this Thursday, April 9th, at 20:30 in the "Anneks" room of the Rockefeller venue, where attendees at the Inferno Festival will be able to meet Maniac and the guys. More...

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3 Inches of Blood Plans First Show In Mexico

March 14, 2009 will be a historic day for 3 Inches of Blood, as they play their first show ever in Mexico.
The show is at Circo Volador in Mexico City. Other bands playing are Evergrey, Shining, Dark Lunacy. The headliner has yet to be announced.

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Shining Confirmed for Firebox Metal Fest

The first bands to be added to Firebox Metal Fest's line-up are Shining from Sweden and Forgotten Tomb from Italy. For Shining this would be the first appearance in Finland. The festival will be held for the second time at Rytmikorjaamo, Seinjoki on 17th and 18th of May 2009.

More band announcements are expected in November.

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New Shining Album Mixed And Mastered

Swedish black metallers Shining has posted the following message online:

"Shining's sixth studio album, VI / Klagopsalmer, has now been mixed and mastered and has been sent to Osmose Productions who will shortly be unleashing it's menace into the world.

"Shining have signed an endorsement deal with Swedish company Odium Clothing.

"We have finally found ourselves a permanent bassist to replace Phil A. Cirone who left the band earlier this year. Larsen is a young, but extremely motivated musician from Halmstad, and we hope to have him with us longer than we had Phil. Since Larsen joined us in time for the recording, King Ov Hell (GORGOROTH) did not take part in the new album , but we are grateful to him for stepping forward in our time of need to help us out. More...

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Contraband Candy's Final Inferno Festival Special

In the final part of Contraband Candy's Inferno Festival Special, they tap into the darker side of things. Legendary Mayhem front man Maniac, guitarist Kvarforth and bass player Spacebrain talk about hot new blackened doom/punk project Skitliv (meaning literally "Shit life").

There's grim talk of illness and manipulation from the ever-controversial Kvarforth and his main band Shining, and to round off this Unholy Trinity, Spacebrain talks about his future-trash sculptures and the soon-to-be-legendary "Spacebunker".

In related news, Contraband Candy will be going to the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland, once again bringing you all the madness, the drunkenness, the filth and the fury this metal fest has to offer. More...

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Contraband Candy Posts Inferno Festival Trailer

Contraband Candy is wrapping up production on their first-ever all-original-material festival special. To get you in the mood, they've released an action-packed trailer on ContrabandCandy.com (also embedded below/after the jump). The preview/trailer features interviews with King of Gorgoroth and Sahg, Nergal of Behemoth, Maniac, once of Mayhem and now with blackened doom-punks Skitliv, the outrageous and controversial Kvarforth of Shining and loads more. More...

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