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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

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Dark Essence Records post tracklisting for Alfapokalyps

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 6th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-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 Solheim-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 Solheim-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 Solheim-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 Solheim-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 CD, Metal 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