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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 With Spinefarm

Shining - the Norwegian band with saxophones, not the Swedish group - has joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see a new studio album released later this year supported by international touring. The label issued this press release:

"The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Jørgen Munkeby, Norwegian collective Shining, fresh from a European tour guesting with Devin Townsend, have been breaking down musical barriers for the past 15 years, mixing progressive, technical metal, jazz, avant-garde and experimental sounds with cutting-edge visuals and blazing live performances.

"Along the way, Munkeby, a skilled saxophonist and guitarist, a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, has released a number of Shining albums, collected awards, toured with the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan and Arch Enemy, and effectively forged a whole new musical genre.

"Just as Venom created 'Black Metal' in the early '80s, Shining can proudly put their name to 'Blackjazz,' also the title of their 2010 album, a Top 10 record in Norway. Following 'Blackjazz' was the excellent O'ne One One' (2013), and now it's time for studio album number seven, the title of which is TBA. More...

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Shining Gearing Up For Shows With Marty Friedman

The black/jazz group Shining will join Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), trash legends Kreator, and melodic death metallers Arch Enemy on an upcoming U.K. tour in December.

Friedman will also use Shining as his backing band during the tour and perform a few surprise collaborations. Shining states that the idea of collaboration came along when Jørgen Munkeby played sax on Marty's latest album. Dates are as follows:

2014-12-16 - Institute - Birmingham, UK
2014-12-17 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
2014-12-18 - The Forum - London, UK
2014-12-19 - Academy - Manchester, UK
2014-12-20 - Academy - Dublin, Ireland
2014-12-21 - QMU - Glasgow, UK
2014-12-22 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, UK

Friedman comments: “Arch Enemy and Kreator are two of my all-time favorite bands in metal, and after collaborating with Shining on my latest album, I cannot wait to break all sorts of musical rules and boundaries with them live on the same stage. This will be a once in a lifetime collection of unique metal presences.”

Munkeby adds: “We’re super happy to play these shows with old and new metal gods alike! To add to that, we’re even doing a very special and unique set together with Marty Friedman on stage, which will include both Shining and Marty material. Can’t wait to be part of such a cool setup! 2014 has been one of Shining’s best and most active years so far, and what a grand way to top it off!” More...

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Shining Comments On Drummer Change

Norwegian blackjazz outfit Shining has checked in with the following statement about the band's drummer situation:

"I know some of you have asked who our real drummer is. Is it Torstein Lofthus or Tobias Ørnes Andersen? We’ve now decided to make public that Torstein have decided to leave the band, and that Tobias is Shining’s new drummer.

"Torstein was part of the band from the very beginning back in 1999, and his unique playing style has been a paramount element in our music, no matter if we played acoustic jazz or industrial metal. He’s been my longest running partner in crime, and a good and important sparring partner for musical and strategic decisions along the way, and it’s safe to say that Blackjazz would not have been born without him.

"In 2013 we started seeing the need to have a substitute on drums if we should be able to tour as much as we wanted to, and Torstein and me decided to bring Tobias in to help out when Torstein was not available to tour.

"A year and a half later, with shitloads of touring all around the world, it’s clear that the need for a substitute was bigger than we thought it would be. Tobias has now been playing a little more than 100 shows with us in 2013 and 2014, and have been booked for our upcoming UK/Ireland tour in December and for our big European tour in March. He’s also already recorded drums for five new tracks that is planned for release closer to summer next year.

"After our special Blackjazz show at Blå in Oslo a few weeks ago, where we performed the album Blackjazz from start to finish for the first time, with both Torstein and Tobias on drums, Torstein told us that he wanted to quit the band and that Tobias should be the new drummer of Shining. We’re sorry to see him go, but we’re are grateful for the years we have had together and wish him the best of luck in the future!

"In the time we’ve played with Tobias, the young extraordinary drummer talent has brought enormous enthusiasm and fire to the band, and every show with him makes the rest of us feel younger and younger. We can’t wait to have him with us for the next few decades of Blackjazz!" More...

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Shining Discusses Upcoming Special Shows

Jørgen Munkeby from Shining (this time the Norwegian blackjazz one, not the controversial Swedish black metal one) has a new video clip out discussing two unique shows at Blå, Oslo:

Sept 25th: Performing the entire "Blackjazz" album
Sept 26th: Performing "One One One" and five brand new songs


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Devin Towsend Announces Tour With Periphery

Following the announcement of the new Devin Townsend Project album "Z²" and the subsequent lightning-fast sell out of London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall venue for his show on the 13th of April next year, the band can now reveal an extensive run of European shows for 2015, which will include support from Periphery and Shining.

Devin had this to say: "Now that the recording and mixing for Z2 is finished, it’s time to gear up for touring again! There’s a bunch of events coming up, and one of them that I'm extremely proud to announce is a European headlining tour with support from the incredible Periphery and the insane Shining!

"That’s a heck of a line-up I think, each band is doing something unique from each other, yet are really well defined. It will be an opportunity for us to explore our back catalog as well as the Z2 albums, Sky Blue and Dark Matters (from the upcoming double album, Z2).

"One of the greatest things about doing this for as long as I have is that we get to do these sorts of awesome events. I can’t even begin to express how honored I am to share the stage with these incredible bands, and to have such overwhelming support from the audience lately. It’s honestly just an absolute pleasure to do this.

"So it is with great pride I invite you to the show! Hopefully we come near you, let’s do this!" More...

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Shining To Play Shows With Kreator And Arch Enemy

Norwegian blackjazz outfit Shining has checked in with the following update about new tour dates:

"We're super happy to play these shows with Kreator, Arch Enemy, and Marty Friedman in the UK in December!

"We're even doing a very special and unique set together with Marty Friedman on stage which will include both Shining and Marty material! 2014 has been one of Shining's and most active years so far, and this is a grand way to top it!"

16.12.2014 - The Institute - Birmingham, UK
17.12.2014 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
18.12.2014 - The Forum - London, UK
19.12.2014 - Academy - Manchester, UK
20.12.2014 - Academy - Dublin, Ireland
21.12.2014 - QMU - Glasgow, UK
22.12.2014 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, UK More...

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Bloodstock Live Stream Available This Weekend

This weekend's Bloodstock Open Air Festival will be streamed live over at this location, or by simply watching it in the player here:

Live Stream - Bloodstock Festival 2014 by BloodstockFestival

The schedule of acts set to be streamed live is as follows (all times are BST):

Friday, August 8th:

Bloodshot Dawn - 11.00am
Entombed AD - 12:00
Primordial - 13.05
Flotsam & Jetsam - 14:10
Prong - 15.20
Triptykon - 16.35
Dimmu Borgir - 19.30
Down - 21:15

Saturday, August 9th:

Evil Scarecrow - 11.00am
Shining - 12.00
Decapitated - 13:05
Orphaned Land - 14.10
Lacuna Coil - 16.35
Children of Bodom - 17.55
Carcass - 19.40
Emperor - 21:30

Sunday, August 10th:

Arthemis - 11.00am
Aborted - 12.00
ReVamp - 13.05
Biohazard - 14.10
Obituary - 16.35
Amon Amarth - 19.30
Megadeth - 21.15 More...

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Shining Posts Bass Recording Video

Norway's Shining (not to be confused with the Swedish depressive black metal outfit of the same name), has released a new bass recording clip, which can be seen below. The group also comments:

"Check out the third episode of our ongoing series of webisodes, from recording some new songs! Tonight: Bass Space!

"If you want to hear these new songs live, we'll perform them at our special 'One One One + New Music' night at Blå in Oslo, Sept 26th! Get tickets right here." More...

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Shining Posts Studio Video

Shining - the Norwegian blackjazz outfit and not the Swedish group of the same name - has released a new brief video webisode online.

Check out this latest clip blow, which was filmed by Amund Tømmerbakke and Jørgen Munkeby and shows the band recording drums for new song "Last Day" in Urban Sound Studios during June of 2014.

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Shining And Saturnus Drop Off Urpin Fest

Norwegian black jazz outfit Shining has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's Uprin Fest appearance:

"Our show at Urpin Fest in Slovakia has unfortunately been canceled. Our agreement with the promoter was that the festival was to pay for the flights, but it seems now that the festival unfortunately can't afford these flights after all, and has been forced to cancel the show.

"We were very much looking forward to playing at this festival, and we hate canceled shows as much as you do. I know of several people that have already bought tickets to this festival just to see us, and we want to apologize to them. Let's hope we can be back in Slovakia very soon!"

Saturnus was also scheduled to appear at the festival in July and issued this statement about dropping off the bill: "Saturnus would sincerely like to apologize to you Mirík and OZ URPÍN for their cancellation and for not being able to play the festival.

"Our lead guitarist Rune broke his elbow in a bike accident last week and as a result all concerts and rehearsals, writing for the new album have been put on hold. We would like to come back to Slovakia at the end of 2014 to play for you as a way of making it up to our fans and to apologize and compensate Mirík and OZ URPÏN.

"We realize the hard work and effort that goes into organizing and paying for a festival and we are very very sorry for not being able to fulfill our obligations. We promise to come back and play a very special show for our Slovakian fans at the end of the year. Thank you and sorry again."

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Hellfest Live Stream Available This Weekend

Hellfest Open Air takes places this weekend in Clisson, France and many great acts are set to appear. If you are unable to make the festival, then you can enjoy some of the bands via a live stream at this location. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom.

Among the acts set to be streamed (check out the link for the official "countdown" clock for each act):

June 20th:

Death Angel

June 21st:

We Came As Romans

June 22nd:

Angra More...

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Shining Posts "Blackjazz Rebels" Video

For those who missed out on seeing Shining live earlier this year as the band shared the stage with The Dillinger Escape Plan, fear not!

The Norwegian blackjazz outfit managed to capture its powerful live energy, which LA Weekly likened to a “sonically pulverizing industrial-metal beast,” in this brand new music video for the song “Blackjazz Rebels" available below.

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Shining Talks Marty Friedman Collaboration

Marty Friedman recently released a new track online titled "Meat Hook, which featured saxophone courtesy Jørgen Munkeby from Norwegian outfit Shining.

Munkeby has now released a video clip discussing his recent collaboration with the ex-Megadeth member's new album "Inferno." Check it out below.

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Marty Friedman Posts Sax-Laden New Track

In celebration of the kickoff of his world tour, guitar legend Marty Friedman has released a third track from his new solo release "Inferno." Take a listen to "Meat Hook" below, which is a tantalizing collaboration with "blackjazz" rebel Jørgen Munkeby (Shining) on vocals and saxophone.

Scheduled for release on May 27 in North America, "Inferno" marks the first original material from Friedman in over a decade, and features what he describes as his most intense writing and playing yet.

The album was recorded mostly in Los Angeles with Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). A previously posted music video for the title track is available at this location. More...

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Shining Posts Full Festival Set Online

Norwegian blackjazz outfit Shining has returned to North America to kick off a spring tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. Full dates can be found below. To whet North American fans’ appetites, the band has released video footage of a complete performance at Norwegian music festival, Øya.

Frontman Jørgen Munkeby commented: “One thing that sets our live shows apart from albums is our extended, improvised transitions between songs, and this show has some of the coolest improvised sections. Just check out the last songs, ‘HEALTER SKELTER’ and ’21st Century Schizoid Man!’” More...

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Gearing Up For Tour

The Dillinger Escape Plan kicks off its North American headlining tour with Trash Talk, Retox and Shining (Norway) on April 3rd at New York's Webster Hall and will wrap up the lengthy trek in Hartford on May 10th.

This tour is in support of the band's latest effort, "One of Us Is The Killer" (reviewed here), which also marked the highest first week sales and Billboard debut of the group's 15 plus year career. The complete list of tour dates is available below.

April 3 - New York, NY at Webster Hall
April 4 - Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer
April 5 - Baltimore, MD at Baltimore Soundstage
April 6 - Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
April 7 - Montreal, QC at Le National
April 9 - Toronto, ON at Opera House
April 10 - Pontiac, MI at Crofoot Ballroom
April 11 - Chicago, IL at Metro
April 12 - Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue
April 13 - Winnipeg, MB at West End Cultural Centre
April 14 - Saskatoon, SK at Louis’ Pub
April 15 - Edmonton, AB at Starlite Room
April 16 - Calgary, AB at The Republik
April 18 - Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theatre
April 19 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
April 20 - Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater
April 22 - Chico, CA at Senator Theatre
April 23 - San Francisco, CA at DNA Lounge
April 24 - Los Angeles, CA at Echoplex
April 25 - Pomona, CA at The Glass House
April 26 - La Jolla, CA at Porters Pub
April 27 - Scottsdale, AZ at Pub Rock Live
April 28 - Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad
April 29 - Denver, CO at Marquis Theatre
May 1 - Dallas, TX at Trees
May 2 - Houston, TX at Fitzgerald’s
May 3 - Austin, TX at The Mohawk
May 4 - Oklahoma City, OK at The Conservatory
May 5 - Little Rock, AR at Juanita’s Cafe & Bar
May 6 - New Orleans, LA at One Eyed Jacks
May 7 - Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
May 10 - Hartford, CT at Webster Theatre More...

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Shining Announces Tour With Dillinger Escape Plan

Norwegian blackjazz group Shining is returning to tour North America with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, and Retox this April. Dates are as follows:

4/3 New York, NY - Webster Hall #
4/4 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
4/5 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage #
4/6 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
4/7 Montreal, QC - Le National #
4/9 Toronto, ON - Opera House #
4/10 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom #
4/11 Chicago, IL - Metro #
4/12 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue #
4/13 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre #
4/15 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room #
4/16 Calgary, AB - The Republik #
4/18 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
4/19 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
4/20 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre #
4/22 Chico, CA - Senator Theater #
4/23 San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge #
4/24 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
4/25 Pomona, CA - The Glass House #
4/26 La Jolla, CA - Porter’s Pub #

# with Dillinger Escape Plan & Trash Talk & Retox More...

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Shining Posts New One-Take Video

Norwegian outfit Shining has released a new video clip filmed at Slash-X Bar in the Mojave Desert, which features no editing done in video or audio. The band also comments:

"Here's our brand new one-take live video for 'The One Inside' filmed in the Mojave Desert in California! Hope you like it! This is the second in a planned series of videos called 'Live on Location.' We're planning on making a bunch of these!"

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Shining And Hacride Discuss European Tour

Norway's Shining and Hacride have just returned from a European tour with Tides From Nebula and The Ocean. Jørgen Munkeby of Shining comments:

"We don't really do support tours that often, but when something great comes along we'd love to be part of it. This recent European tour was one such great opportunity to tour with three other very varied and unique bands. Even though we were almost thirty people on tour, we somehow managed to get all the bands on stage every night! We loved every day of this tour, and it definitely seemed like the audience did too! Hope to be back in Europe soon!”

Now two video clips are available online of Shining’s lead singer Jørgen Munkeby and Hacride's Luis Roux talking about the European tour. Check them out below. More...

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Shining Featured On Danko Jones Podcast

Front man Jørgen Munkeby of Norwegian blackjazz group Shining is currently featured on the latest episode of the official Danko Jones Podcast.

You can download the podcast for free on iTunes here, and listen along as Munkeby discusses everything from the group’s new release “One One One” to sharing a band name with another prominent metal act and more.

“During our days in Canada, Danko called me up and asked if I wanted to join him on his podcast,” Munkeby says. “Being a long-time fan of everything Danko — his music, his articles and his humor — I was more than happy to join. I think it turned out to be both a very fun and interesting podcast with some insightful discussions about music that I think our fans will enjoy.”

The band is now kicking off a European alongside The Ocean. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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