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Shining – streaming of new song available

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th February 2015 by Pieni

“The time has come to share a little bit of the darkness that will infect the world’s population in a few months. The song chosen for this specific event is called ‘Vilja & Dröm’ (Will & Dream). The track reminds me of our earlier days, when I was still mostly focusing on metal. However, it also represents a great leap into the terrible shift-shaping darkness that is our ninth album!” – these are the words of Shining-frontman Niklas Kvarforth regarding the new song that will be streaming on several European webzines until Sunday, before being available on the band’s official SoundCloud account (http://soundcloud.com/shining-official). In the UK, the webzine is Terrorizer: http://www.terrorizer.com/news/streams/shining-premiere-brand-new-song-exclusively-terrorizer

“IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” will be released on the 20th of April via Season of Mist, with the following artwork and tracklist:

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1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
2. Vilja & Dröm
3. Framtidsutsikter
4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
6. Besök Från I(ho)nom

It will be available in several versions:

– Regular Jewel Case with 12 page booklet
– Limited Edition Deluxe Digibox which includes 2 bonus tracks, 12 page booklet, a mirror in a blue velvet pouch and a goat leather patch, limited to 3,500 copies
– Double vinyl in deluxe gatefold
– Transparent red double vinyl in deluxe gatefold, limited to 620 copies
– Orange/Black marbled double vinyl in deluxe gatefold, limited to 250 copies
– Opaque white double vinyl in deluxe gatefold, limited to 100 copies (exclusive to Shining Legions)
– Red/Black marbled double vinyl in deluxe gatefold and collectors 7″ vinyl, with exclusive back patch with logo and title, limited to 100 copies

Pre-orders can be already made at http://www.shininglegions.com and http://www.season-of-mist.com/, along with T’s and exclusive bundles.

In promotion of “IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”, under the direction of Martin Strandberg, a video is currently on the making (check Shining’s Facebook page for photos) and a string of festival appearances is confirmed, on the following dates and locations:

02 April, Messe des Morts Festival, Montreal, Canada
30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

www.shiningasylum.com
www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
www.shininglegions.com
soundcloud.com/shining-official
www.youtube.com/OfficialShining

Dark Essence Records post tracklisting for Alfapokalyps

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 6th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Norwegian label Dark Essence Records recently unveiled the tracklisting for Alfapokalyps, the upcoming album from Swedish rockers Alfahanne. The ten-track album will be the debut full-length release from Alfahanne, a name that is relatively new on the scene compared to some of the label’s more venerable artists, yet it is a band that has managed to tempt the likes of Taake’s Hoest, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, and Helheim’s V’gandr to make guest appearances on Alfapokalyps.  Set to hit the streets on the 10th of February, Alfapokalyps was  mixed by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio.  Artwork, as seen above, is by Mikael Skoog. The tracklisting for Alfapokalyps is as follow:

1. Bättre Dar – guest vocals from Niklas Kvarforth (Shining)
2. Ormar Af Satan
3. Såld På Mörkret – guest vocals from Hoest (Taake)
4. Dödskult
5. Rocken Dör
6. Syndarnas Flod
7. Alfa Hordes
8. Indiehora – guest vocals from V’gandr (Helheim, Taake)
9. Där Drömmarna Dör
10. Alla Ska Mé

Formed in 2010, Alfahanne’s debut release came in 2013 with the release of the Grym split 7” with Sweden’s Shining. Alfahanne plays what its members describe as Alfapocalyptic Rock, which mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, all topped off with some Goth influences.  It is music that is both powerful and beautiful whilst at the same time is ugly, and about which the band says:

When you are into it you don’t feel pleasure and you don’t feel pain but you definitely FEEL.

Whilst Alfahanne might be a fairly new name to a lot of people, the band’s members, which include Pehr Skioldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass,  have been around the Black Metal scene since the early ‘90’s, playing in bands like Vinterland and early Maze Of Torment.

Alfahanne’s next live appearance will be on the 16th of April at the Dark Essence Records Club Night at the Inferno Festival in Oslo.  They are also set to appear at the Tons of Rock Festival alongside Sabaton, Sepultura and Soilwork in June.

Alfahanne online:

https://facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
http://reverbnation.com/alfahanne
http://youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne

 

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Film maker to accompany Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining on tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th November 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish film maker Martin Strandberg will embark on tour with Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining around Europe where he will film more footage and interviews with the band for the upcoming documentary he is making about the band. 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 teaser for the documentary has been released and can be viewed 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, commenting:

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 November, and accompanying Shining, whose latest release 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd appeared on Dark Essence Records in September, will be fellow management roster members Crest Of Darkness from Norway, also touring with their latest release In the Presence of Death, as well as Germany’s Sterbhaus.  Routing for the tour as follows:

NOVEMBER
22 –  Tiyatrom, Berlin, Germany
23 – Skullcrusher, Dresden, Germany
24 –  Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
25 – Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
26 – Freak Out Club, Bologna, Italy
27 – Alte Kaserne, Zurich, Switzerland
28 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
29 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
30 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France

DECEMBER
01 – Effenaar, Eindhoven
02 – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
03 – Electrowerkz, London, England
04 – Lomax, Liverpool, England
05 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
06 – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
07 – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England
08 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland

Shining online:

http://shiningasylum.com
http://facebook.com/shiningofficial

Old Corpse Road announce plans for 7″ split with The Infernal Sea

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 3rd November 2013 by Nico Davidson

British dark folk metallers Old Corpse Road have announced plans for a 7″ split release with The Infernal Sea, set to be released in 2014. The split will be released through Three Swords Records and will be the precursor to the next Old Coprse Road release.

In related news, Old Corpse Road will also be supporting Niklas Kvarforth‘s Shining on 7th December at The Snooty Fox in Wakefield, with Narcotic Death.

Old Corpse Road online:

http://oldcorpseroad.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/OldCorpseRoad
http://twitter.com/OldCorpseRoad

Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining to headline Razors Over Europe 2013 Tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

Sweden’s Shining; whom are fronted by the infamous Niklas Kvarforth, are set to headline the Razors Over Europe 2013 tour which will take place over 17 dates through mainland Europe, the UK and one date in Ireland. Norwegian black metallers Crest Of Darkness; who like their management mates Shining will be touring in support of a brand new album, and Swedish thrash band Sterbhaus are set to support on the tour which is presented by Capapult Promotion. Routing confirmed so far for the “Razors Over Europe 2013 Tour” as follows:

NOVEMBER
22 –  Tiyatrom, Berlin, Germany
23 – Skullcrusher, Dresden, Germany
24 –  Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
25 – Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
26 – Freak Out Club, Bologna, Italy
27 – TBA, Switzerland
28 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
29 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
30 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
DECEMBER
01 – Effenaar, Eindhoven
02 – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
03 – Electrowerkz, London, England
04 – Lomax, Liverpool, England
05 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
06 – The  Pint, Dublin, Eire
07 – TBA, UK
08 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland

Shining online:

http://shiningasylum.com
http://facebook.com/shiningofficial

 

Sweden’s Shining debut track from new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Sweden’s Shining, who are fronted by the infamous Niklas Kvarforth, have debuted a track from their upcoming album 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd which is due for release through Dark Essence Records. The album features tracks that date back to the band’s Livets Ändhållplats and Angst era. 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd is described as a rare foray for the band, in that all the tracks bar one, feature vocalists hand picked by Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth. Some of the tracks are sung in the native language of the guest vocalists that have taken part in the album. The fourth track, Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie, of the six track release features Gaahl (God Seed, Wardruna, ex-Gorgoroth) on vocals and is currently being streamed by Metal Hammer at this location.

The tracks on 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd are still in their original pre-production format to which have been added newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as keyboards by  Lars Fredrik Fröslie (Angst), whose sound is a relatively new addition to Shining‘s releases. , having not being used before the sixth album. The track listing plus guest vocalists are as follow:

  • 1. Terres Des Anonymes featuring Famine of Peste Noire
  • 2. Szabadulj Meg Önmagadtól featuring Attila Csihar of Mayhem and Tormentor
  • 3. Ett Liv Utan Mening featuring Pehr Larsson of Alfahanne
  • 4. Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie featuring Gaahl of God Seed, Wardruna, Trelldom, ex-Gorgoroth
  • 5. Black Industrial Misery featuring  Maniac of Skitliv, ex-Mayhem
  • 6. Through Corridors Of Oppression featuring Niklas Kvarforth himself

Shining online:

http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

Shining – 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 22nd August 2013 by izaforestspirit

Shining
8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd
Released 23rd September 2013
Suicidal Black Metal/ Raw Black Metal
Released via Dark Essence Records

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‘8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd’ is the new album from the Swedish suicidal black metal band Shining fronted by Niklas Kvarforth. It is the follow up to last year’s ‘Redefining Darkness’. This particular album features re-recorded versions of old tracks by the band featuring guest vocals from Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed, Wardruna), Maniac (ex-Mayhem, Skitliv) amongst others.

First up is Terres Des Anonymes, a lengthy and extremely grim sounding piece of raw black metal. There’s no mistaking that signature Shining sound; it’s eerie, nihilistic and depressing which is precisely what you’d expect to hear. The vocals resemble howling whilst the guitars have a coarse sound to them and music has that droning feel to it. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album as the subsequent tracks only add to the grimness.

Szabadulj Meg Önmagatól continues along the same path, though the keyboard parts at the start gives a certain melodic undertone which sets it apart from its predecessor. Yet do not be fooled into thinking that the keyboards make the track any less grim-sounding. Oh no, guest singer Attila’s haunting vocals ensure that eeriness and that bleak feeling of impending doom remain an integral part of the song. Another noteworthy track is Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie which features a surprisingly melodic guitar and keyboard instrumental part complemented by whispers in the early stages of the song. The piano-like, melodic Through Corridors of Oppression features elements of Chopin’s famous sonata.

Overall this is a fine example of raw black metal. In terms of the rating, I would class this album in the same way that I regard other raw black metal bands such as Burzum and Xasthur. Would I listen to it all the time? Hell no, it would drive me insane. Is it intriguing enough to warrant another listen? Yes, very occasionally, in small doses and only when I’m in the right frame of mind.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Sweden’s Shining announce tracklisting and guests for new album 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 8th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

After a lengthy wait, Sweden’s Shining have revealed details about the guest vocalists who will be appearing on 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd. Annoucned earlier today, it’s not surprising that Niklas Kvarforth has chosen some of the most iconic frontmen to ever grace the extreme metal scene, as well as some other interesting choices. The tracklisting and guest vocalists are as follow:

1. Terres Des Anonymes featuring Famine of Peste Noire
2. Szabadulj Meg Önmagadtól featuring Attila Csihar of Mayhem and Tormentor
3. Ett Liv Utan Mening featuring Pehr Larsson of Alfahanne
4. Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie featuring Gaahl of God Seed, Wardruna and formerly of Gorgoroth
5. Black Industrial Misery featuring  Maniac of Skitliv and formerly of Mayhem
6. Through Corridors Of Oppression featuring Niklas Kvarforth himself

The six tracks that appear on 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd date back to the Livets Ändhållplats (2001) and Angst (2002) era of Shining’s career and will be in their original pre-production form but with the addition of newly recorded bass and guitars as well as Lars Fredrik Fröslie (Angst Skvadron, Wobbler, Asmegin) on keyboards which the band didn’t start using until their sixth studio album; VI – Klagopsalmer.

8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd is scheduled for release on 23rd September via Dark Essence Records and will be available in both CD and limited edition black or white 12” vinyl versions, with linear notes by Shining’s frontman Niklas Kvarforth. All three versions are available for pre-order from Dark Essence’s BigCartel store at this location.

Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth has wanted to do this project for many years now, and he allowed all the vocalists free reign to interpret the songs as they wished and also to sing in their own native languages.  Something that Dark Essence’s Martin Kvam feels fits right in with the label’s ethos of mixing tradition with innovation:

With 28 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd, Shining  has really encapsulated what we enjoy doing most as a label, looking back as it does to an earlier period, but with a completely fresh approach and different interpretation of what have now become classics in the field of Extreme Metal. Shining fans are certainly not going to be disappointed when they hear what this album has to offer.

Shining online:

http://www.shiningasylum.com
http://www.kvarforth.com
http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
http://www.shininglegions.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/shining-official
http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining

 

Six new additions announced for Damnation Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 25th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Swedish doom lords Katatonia and Norwegian black-metal masters God Seed are the latest international acts to be added to Damnation Festival.

German progressive collective The Ocean, French post-metal standard bearers Year Of No Light, Norwegian avant-garde jazz quartet Shining (not to be confused with Niklas Kvarforth’s Shining) and Irish doom titans Mourning Beloveth will also bolster the stunning bill which will be unleashed on Leeds University Union on Saturday 2nd November.

The six additions compliment an extreme and eclectic line-up which already boast Carcass, Cult of Luna, Crippled Black Phoenix, Vallenfyre, Negura Bunget, SSS, Moss and Voices with at least nine more bands to be announced. Gorgoroth re-incarnation God Seed will play Damnation Festival as an exclusive UK show. Katatonia will play 2003’s classic Viva Emptiness in its entirety.  Anders Nystrom, said:

Since it looks like November will bring us Damnation, we’re absolutely certain there’ll be some Swedish export of atmospheric dark metal coming your way with it!

We couldn’t be more psyched to celebrate our Viva Emptiness album anniversary at a festival we never got to play before. So Leeds, join us and be damned!

Brendan from Mourning Beloveth said:

We are delighted to be asked to play a small part in the metal institution that is Damnation Fest. Our recent visits to the shores of the U.K. have unfortunately been limited to stages in the capital. We would like to thank Damnation Fest for giving us the opportunity to at last rectify this grave and indefensible injustice. You guys bring the ale, and we’ll bring the Doom.

Damnation Festival could also become a four-stage event this year, reducing clashes and allowing the return of the much-missed Deathfest stage… with fans’ backing. Organiser Gavin McInally explained:

A change to licensing laws at Leeds University Union has opened up the possibility for us to use the fantastic Riley Smith Hall as a venue which fans can enjoy a pint in, but it comes with a catch.

The festival’s capacity would be pushed above the 4,000 mark and although ticket sales are better right now than at the same point 12 months ago, the venue management, somewhat understandably, don’t want to hand over their entire building, including terracing and bars to Damnation unless there’s a guarantee the numbers will justify it.

This is not a sales pitch, if you don’t believe the confirmed line-up so far doesn’t merit your £34 then don’t buy a ticket BUT if you are fully intending to be at Damnation Festival this year then booking your ticket now will help us land that fourth stage.

And if we do, Carcass and Cult of Luna will not clash for a single minute, the Terrorizer Stage will be reminiscent of our Deathfest event with death and grind from morning until night, a fourth stage will worship doom all day long and we’ll book DJs to perform in the terrace area which has been missing at Damnation since 2008.

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now, priced £34, available from:Leeds Tickets , the official Damnation Festival website at or the official Damnation Facebook.

 

Shining release cover of Alice Cooper classic

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 28th November 2012 by Nico Davidson

Sweden’s Shining – featuring Niklas Kvarforth, who is considered to be one of metal’s most controversial artists – have uploaded to soundcloud.com their cover of the Alice Cooper classic, Prince Of Darkness.

You can listen to it here.

Shining’s eighth studio album, Redefining Darkness, released via Spinefarm Records, is out now.

Track-listing:

1.       Du, Mitt Konstverk

2.       The Ghastly Silence

3.       Han Som Hatar Människan

4.       Hail Darkness Hail

5.       Det Stora Grå

6.       For The God Below

Watch the video for Tillsammans Är Vi Allt from the seventh full-length Shining album, VII / Född Förlorare below.

UK shows are being planned for 2013.

Shining–Redefining Darkness

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 2nd October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Shining
Redefining Darkness
Released 29th October 2012
Black Metal
Released via Spinefarm Records

 

Shining have become one of those infamous names in the black metal scene, fronted by the devilishly intelligent Niklas Kvarforth. With apparent controversy surrounding the band’s live shows and a number of line-up changes, Shining have, so far, stood the test of time, so it comes to no surprise that the release of Redefining Darkness is just around the corner…

Kicking off the album comes Du, Mitt Konstverk conjures up fierce, howling guitars and an ever-growing essence of darkness, combined with some interesting vocal sections. The drums gallop through the track, for the most part, violently like some sort of hell-spawned cavalry hellbent on make the song heavier and heavier with each passing second. Of course, there is a mellow part but it still radiates that subtle darkness that adds more feeling to the music. The Ghastly Silence has a softer approach to the album before the demonic screams that are the guitars come crashing down like thunder from the sky. The song also features some not-so-typical black metal instrumentation that really plays on the “ghastly” part of the song’s title.

Han Som Hatar Människan is the more hypnotic anthem on the album, mesmerising oneself with an enchanting riff – Well, maybe enchanting isn’t the right word but you hopefully get what I mean but don’t worry, the riffs are brutal as well as “enchanting”. The fourth track is none other than Hail Darkness Hail, which might sound like the title to some sort of cheesy fantasy RPG that flopped years ago but it’s far more being cheesy, kicking out with aggressive guitar stylings, harsh, almost hellish vocals and a creeping darkness. The acoustic section is unexpected but suits the song, emphasising the cold feeling of the music, especially with the use of clean vocals. Trudging on towards the end comes the piano soundings of Det Stora Grå, which create a tragic atmosphere and tense sound which gradually leads into the final part of the album; For The God Below, a song that utilises the acoustic elements from earlier in the album before introducing the satanic wailings of the guitars and the harsh, guttural screams. The clean vocals make themselves heard as well, blending with the acoustic elements rather well.

Redefining Darkness really does live up to its name. Each track is poignant but they each stay true to Shining’s sound, creating that perfect balance of tragedy and darkness. Redefining Darkness is another classic for the black metal fan’s collection.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Shining launches new video for Tillsammans Är Vi Allt

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Sweden’s Shining release their highly anticipated second video for  Tillsammans Är Vi Allt from their seventh full length album VII / Född Förlorare.

The video focuses around themes of addiction and obsession; a collaborative effort from Shining‘s frontman Niklas Kvarforth and director Martin Strandberg.
Swedish model December Wiklund features through-out, as well as guest vocalist, the famed Swedish singer Håkan “Nordman” Hemlin, who delivers a captivating performance with his anguish-fuelled rough vocals.

Shining’s eighth album ‘Redefining Darkness’, is due for release through Spinefarm Records on October 29th.

Photo by Renata “Pieni” Lino.

Interview: Niklas Kvarforth

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 19th July 2012 by Nico Davidson

Niklas Kvarforth is the infamous frontman for Swedish black metal outfit Shining, a band that has been on the scene for fifteen years, facing numerous line-up changes. Niklas has always been at the centre of controversy when it comes to Shining and he discusses all things Shining with Valkyrian Music editor Nico Davidson.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RENATA ‘PIENI’ LINO.

Nico: Hi Niklas. You alright?

Kvarforth: Yep.

N: Right then, you have a new album coming out in October, is there anything you can tell us about it? Like lyrical themes or if it’s going to differ from previous releases?

PHOTO COURTESY OF RENATA ‘PIENI’ LINO.K: Well, one thing that is really strange, for this album anyway, we decided to change producer. There’s also a kind of black metal vibe to it which hasn’t been present on the last album, it’s refreshing in a way, that a lot of people will get both amazed and upset at the same time. I don’t know. I’m looking forward to seeing your reaction to it and I’m looking forward to playing it live.

N: I’m certainly looking forward to hearing the new album. Speaking of Shining releases, you recently released the covers EP, Lots Of Girls Gonna Get Hurt, what gave you the inspiration to do a covers EP?

K: We always record covers, you know, stuff like Depeche Mode covers, and we did six more covers when we were recording the album because I added some I wanted to learn so I use my clean voice. And some of them turned out pretty decent I think, so that’s one of the reasons or the reason that we released it, so our listeners could listen to what we listen to, to show there’s darkness in other things than Mayhem and Burzum.

N: When you released the EP, what was the fans’ reaction to it?

K: I don’t know because my manager made me not have a computer at home because if I do, I just do stupid things, being a self-destructive idiots that I am, sometimes, I start to look up bad rumours about me to get myself upset and get a reason to have a drink. So yeah, I don’t know but from what I heard from other people and the band, it’s gotten a bit of a possibility but there will always be people to complain. In a way, that doesn’t really bother me that much to be perfectly honest.

N: I guess this will be associated with the new album coming out in October, how do you write new material and songs? Do you write the lyrics first and music second or vice versa?

K: I go straight through all the music and lyrics, then I have this method to perfect an album ‘cause often I couldn’t use a guitar because I have a problem with my right arm, so I’m sort of making albums in my head, every single melody and bass line and drum beat and everything. Then if I still had that album in my head, I knew I had to record it, otherwise I’d start all over again. Now, on the other hand, I haven’t been writing the music a lot since I moved from Norway but when I start, I also invite the other members from the band to try and put something to it as well. We also have this new bassist, a very young guy, and me and him went to rent an apartment in Helsinki for a couple of weeks, which was not a very good idea, when it comes to alcohol and other stuff, and we actually managed to write the album and he wrote several riffs for it, which really surprised me. He had the basic ideas in that really impressed me.

N: You’re quite the controversial figure in Shining and obviously the music stands out well enough on its own, so how did the controversial antics at live shows come about?

Photo by Terhi Ylimainen

K: Do you mean why I act like an idiot on stage sometimes?

N: Well that’s one way of putting it.

K: Well, when I write or if I do anything, I guess I want to do it 110% and if that means that I or others get hurt or whatever in the process, then it’s too bad that had to happen but when it comes to it, half heartedly, that’s what people usually do because that’s why they release like five hundred crap metal albums every month and crap labels. You get the picture and it’s nothing that’s ever pre-meditated, I get angry sometimes and being controversial, we had a show in Sweden back in 2007, I’m guessing that’s the show you’re referring, that went on the news and we weren’t able to play live in Sweden because of that. I mean, it wasn’t that extreme. I read a lot of reviews from other, like, high profile magazines but they didn’t write the reviews based on as if they were at the show, they just read stuff on message boards and stuff and started writing their own reviews, pretending that they were there. I don’t know about being controversial but it’s not my intention, at least not in this day and age.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RENATA ‘PIENI’ LINO.

N: Shining’s lyrics deal with suicide and self-harm, is there any reason you write about that specific subject?

K: Well, suicide has proven to be very… Useful for my agenda. I mean, when you get older, you get a bit wiser and you don’t listen to clowns like me who preach that you should, you know, cut yourself open, beat up your sister and rape your mum and dad. Some people, usually kids, get affected by this, suicide and depression and emotions in general. It’s a very easy thing to take advantage of ‘cause when you’re young, you’re always very vulnerable and, as you know, you always seek answers and start searching, so it’s pretty easy. So, that’s the reason why the suicidal theme are there.

Photo by Terhi Ylimainen

N: You’ve guest appeared on several albums in the past and several musicians have guest appeared on Shining albums, how do you choose which musicians and bands to work with?

K: I have these really grand contrary things, being an eccentric megaloegomaniac like I am, so I aim to get Rihanna on an album but I might not work out with Rihanna even though I’d really like it to, so I have to go with things people might not expect. It’s just like that I like guitar solos so it’s then combining it with Peter’s or Rob from Anthrax, who also makes a solo on the new album. We just sit down and discuss it and usually other people in the band think I’m idiot because of my will, to let’s say, use different markets that they really don’t want to use but at the end of the day, I’m boss so…

N: Yeah. Right, as the main songwriter of Shining, what would you say is the song that defines the band as a whole?

K: Hmm… That’s very, very, very hard to say because… Each song has a memory to it. I think Claws of Perdition would be the one, I guess, although I haven’t written the lyrics for that.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RENATA ‘PIENI’ LINO.

N: Going back to what we were discussing about live shows earlier, how do you prepare yourself to go on stage and perform?

K: Usually through meditation, to get the bad images out but it easier to stay hidden if I’m already extremely pissed off and arrive with the commute, seeing the promoters and getting the bad wine and women who wear stockings, that’s awful. There’s always something that can disgust you. Dry mouth for example, if it’s paper. You know, I really like paper, I like the smell of it, the feel of it. But I don’t like it when the corners are, you know what I mean.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RENATA ‘PIENI’ LINO.N: Yeah. Last question now. Anyway, in a career spanning 15 years, you’ve already conquered so much with Shining and the other projects you’ve been apart of. Do you feel that you can further as a musician? You know, what do you see as your next mountain to climb?

K: There’s always a mountain to climb and you always have to aim higher, my philosophy is to be do something better than the thing before, so if I got to a point where I couldn’t bring anything new to the table then it would be completely useless for me to make music then I focus on something else. But I think I can do something like another six albums.

N: Let’s hope so! Alright, thanks for your time, Niklas.

K: Thank you for the interview.

N: You’re welcome, hope you have a great day.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RENATA ‘PIENI’ LINO AND TERHI YLIMAINEN.

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