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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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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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Shining Part Ways With Drummer

Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update:

"Due to [drummer] Jarle Byberg's current situation, we have decided that we cannot go ahead with merely him in our ranks. This has nothing to do with him leaving URGEHAL last week or anything like that, but he simply hasn't got time enough to tour as much as we do, nor spending month after month in the studio. Therefore, we have now decided to let Rickard, who accompanied us on the 'Thank God For Niklas Kvarforth' tour last year, become a permanent member of SHINING."

SHINING recently tapped GORGOROTH's King Ov Hell (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) to play bass on the band's upcoming sixth studio album, entitled "Tillbaka På Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One). The CD will be recorded at The Slaughterhouse studios with producer Rickard Bengtsson beginning on April 28. More...

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Shining Reveal New Album Title

Swedish black metallers SHINING will enter the studio on April 28 to begin recording their new album, "Tillbaka På Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One), for a late 2008 release via Osmose Productions. The LP will contain six songs and will feature "six different vocalists," according to a press release.

SHINING recently parted ways with bassist Phil A. Cirone and is currently seeking a replacement.

The band's latest album, "V - Halmstad", was released in North America on June 26, 2007 via Osmose USA/The End Records.

SHINING filmed its controversial February 3, 2007 concert at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden for an upcoming DVD, entitled "Fy Fan För Livet!" In addition to the live footage, the disc will consist of a two-hour "road movie" and the promotional video for the new song "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra". SHINING's setlist spanned the band's entire career and the show featured guest appearances by members of MAYHEM and CARPATHIAN FOREST.

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Shining Part Ways With Bassist

Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update;

"Phil A. Cirone [bass] has decided to once again leave SHINING. There is absolutely no bad blood him and the band inbetween. SHINING thank him eternally for his years of dedication and death! This will not effect our coming ceremonies as Phil will remain a live musician until a replacement has been found.

"We have decided that in the search of a new bassist we are going to hold an audition where we invite you to try out for us. We are not looking for any session members whatsoever so the place is permanent to whoever might suit the band, thus the requirements as seen below. We need you to record a videoclip where you show off your skills and send it to us along with a motivation of why you want to join SHINING and what you think you could contribute with as both musician and person to the band. We need all applications in hand before the 1st of March as we intend to tour pretty much the rest of the year as well as recording our sixth album. Once we have gone through the material you have sent we will choose the best ones and invite you to Oslo, Norway where we will play a few songs together to see who will become the new bassist of SHINING.

Requirements:

* SHINING has to be your main priority and nothing can come between your obligations towards the band.
* You have to live in Sweden or without hesitation move to Sweden once you are offered to join.
* You have to either know or learn our past to be able to participate in promotional matters.
* You have to have live-experience and preferbaly touring-experience.
* You have to be able to tour more than 100 days per year.
* You have to be able to enter the USA.

"Send your videoclip along with your motivation to: bookingshining@hotmail.com
Our by snail-mail to our manager at: Conny Jarlestål, A-ringen 71, 30255 Halmstad, Sweden."

SHINING's latest album, "V - Halmstad", was released in North America on June 26, 2007 via Osmose USA/The End Records.

SHINING filmed its controversial February 3, 2007 concert at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden for an upcoming DVD, entitled "Fy Fan För Livet!" In addition to the live footage, the disc will consist of a two-hour "road movie" and the promotional video for the new song "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra". SHINING's setlist spanned the band's entire career and the show featured guest appearances by members of MAYHEM and CARPATHIAN FOREST.

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Maniac's Skitliv To Release Special Edition MCD

SKITLIV, the band formed and fronted by former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, and featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth on guitars, is releasing two special editions on the UK Label Cold Spring. The CD version, due out at the end of February, comprises two studio tracks; one a special mix of “Slow Pain Coming” exclusive to Cold Spring, and the other, a version of “Amfetamin”, with guest vocals by current MAYHEM and SUNN0))) front man Attila, and includes bonus tracks from the band’s recent live performance at the Camden Underworld, London. Following later will be a limited 12” etched edition.

The release illustrates the subtle shift away from the narrow confines of Black Metal that Maniac has taken recently, expanding into the realms of the Doom/Noise genre whilst still maintaining his original roots. His cooperation with Current 93’s David Tibet and Andrew Liles is also highlighted in the intro to the live performance that was recorded by the two musicians especially for SKITLIV. The Tibet/Liles recording used for live performances differs from the version that they recorded as an intro for the “Kristiansen and Kvarforth Swim In The Sea of Equilibrium While Waiting…” MCD that was recently released by the band for their European tour.

Maniac commented “Justin of Cold Spring has been a friend for a long time now, and we have always talked about doing a one-off project together, but you know how it goes, you tend to get side-tracked by other things, or the time is not right for one or the other. Then he came up with the idea of the etched vinyl that was something that really appealed to everyone involved. It also came at the right moment in terms of us all having a free window at the same time, so we were able to re-record and re-mix a couple of tracks especially for him in between recording the MCD and preparing for the tour”.

You can check out a song from the MCD on the band’s MySpace page.

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Shining Albums To Be Re-Released

UK label Peaceville, home to venerable bands such as DARKTHRONE and KATATONIA, will re-release two albums from controversial Swedish black metallers SHINING. "IV: The Eerie Cold" and "III: Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie" will be issued on June 9 and July 21, respectively.

Niklas Kvarforth, SHINING vocalist and the band's creator, has recently been resting his voice following minor surgery for nodules on his throat. Commented a representative for the band: "The surgery was nothing to worry about. Nodules are a hazard of the trade for vocalists, especially if they use the 'extreme' style of singing, which Kvarforth does, of course. Surgery was timed to fit in between the end of the band's recent European tour with SKITLIV and HELLSAW, and before the start of the festival season. He's fit and well now, and ready to perform at the Brutal Brutality festival this weekend."

Kvarforth recently joined Maniac's band SKITLIV, playing guitar and sharing writing duties on the music side with the former MAYHEM vocalist in a band that owes as much to the doom and noise genres as it does to black metal, and allows Kvarforth more freedom to improvise on stage.

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Overkill Confirmed For Inferno Festival

US thrash legends OVERKILL are confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Inferno Festival is being held in Oslo, Norway from March 19th-22nd at the following venues: Rockefeller, John Dee, Sentrum Scene, Garage, Maiden and Rock In. The confirmed lineup is now as follows: SATYRICON (headliners), DESTRUCTION, SHINING, SKITLIV, 1349 and TULUS. The full schedule will be announced at their kick-off in January. The tickets for the 2008 edition of the festival are now available.

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Shining Cancel Turkish Shows

Due to the recent escalation in violence and military action within the country, SHINING have been forced to cancel their plans to play in Turkey. The two gigs, scheduled to take place in Istanbul and Ankara on November 15th and 17th will be rescheduled at a later date.

In a statement issued today, Shining frontman Niklas Kvarforth had this to say: “I would personally like to apologise to the fans in Ankara and Istanbul for the cancellation. We have always received a lot of correspondence from Turkish fans asking us to play in their country, and we know that this must be a disappointment for them. It’s a big disappointment for us too. I would, however, like to stress that the decision to cancel was most emphatically NOT taken by the band. We have never been political, and we are not taking sides with anyone. Had it been down to us we would have played - violence or no violence, and I think people who know the band, know this to be true. Unfortunately the booking agency, and others involved with the tour, were not prepared to let us go ahead and play in a country where people were being killed, as they considered it too dangerous for both the band and the audience. We held out as long as we could to see if the situation would ease, but the matter was always completely out of our hands. We will definitely try to reschedule as soon as we can”.

Shining will undertake a 19 date European tour with Maniac’s SKITLIV and Austrian black metallers HELLSAW during December.

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Skitliv Recruit New Drummer

Former SHINING drummer Ted has joined the ranks of SKITLIV, replacing Canadian drummer Trish.

Ted is currently rehearsing with the band ready for the upcoming December tour with Shining and HELLSAW. Drum duties on the recently announced limited edition MCD will be carried out by Ivar, who played with Skitliv on their recent tour.

Commented Maniac: “Trish was unable to join us on the recent tour due to commitments back in Canada, and her place was temporarily filled by Ivar, who is not, in fact, a drummer at all, but vocalist with SILVER; but he is one of those people who can master any instrument you put in his hands, and enjoyed his temporary career change! It was really at that point that we realised that Skitliv’s music had moved very far, and in a completely different direction, from when she joined originally. Trish is a terrific drummer and a great person, but her technique and personal musical interests are better suited to her other projects, rather than the slower paced, doom-oriented material we are now producing. We all wish her the best of luck with her other bands.” More...

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