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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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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:

Saturnalia Temple

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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.


* 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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