Shining premiere of the new album ”X – Varg Utan Flock” and free streaming of it is available in full, the album will be out tomorrow!

Shining are now unleashing their complete forthcoming album, ”X – Varg Utan Flock”, which will be out tomorrow on January 5th.

The Frontman Niklas Kvarforth stated this about their new album :

“The time has finally come to invite you to my most destructive nightmare yet, enjoy!”The artwork of ‘X – Varg Utan Flock’, which has been created by Kevin Rolly is shown below.

SHINING album cover

Tracklist:
1. Svart Ostoppbar Eld (7:11)
2. Gyllene Portarnas Bro (6:39)
3. Jag Är Din Fiende (7:05)
4. Han Som Lurar Inom (8:03)
5. Tolvtusenfyrtioett (2:53)
6. Mot Aokigahara (9:33)

Total playing time: 41:24

 

Niklas Kvarforth is not the first artist struggling with mental illness and related issues. The erratic Swede is also not the first musician whose inner demons are part of the creative genius. Yet in the world of metal, his band Shining remains as a unique and outstanding act in terms of talent and musical excellence. Never shy about his personal afflictions, Niklas Kvarforth is once again baring his tortured soul with ”X – Varg Utan Flock”.

His anger, his confusion, his pain, and his torment are all becoming tangible on the tenth album in the band’s long history. For a point of reference, the legendary ”V – Halmstad” release probably offers the most appropriate comparison. Yet all the influences Shining fused into their previous masterpiece, ‘IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends’ (2015) are also still present. Eclectic influences from progressive rock, jazz, classical music, and even faint traces of pop have left their mark. In addition to the broad musical spectrum on display, Niklas Kvarforth’s deeply emotional laments emerging from the dark depths of his twisted mind go beyond the usual scale of metal bands in their great vocal scope and variety.

Founded in 1996 by KvarforthShining self-released ”Submit to Self-Destruction” in 1998 and spawned the term “suicidal black metal” with this debut 7″. A couple years after first full-length, ”I – Within Deep Dark Chambers” (2000) and sophomore album, ”II – Livets Ändhållplats” (2001) had cut deep marks into the underground scene, Niklas replaced his whole crew, which started a continuous cycle of line-up changes. With Mayhem drummer Hellhammer on board, ”III – Angst” (2003) and ”IV – The Eerie Cold” (2005) began to gather major press attention. At the same time, Shining focused on bringing their vision and often controversially received live performances to Europe.

Yet Kvarforth’s mental health led to cancellations, physical and psychological fights within the band, and finally a break-up. Not content to let things rest after his breakdown, the restless singer returned with new members and the acclaimed masterpiece, ”V – Halmstad” in 2007. By then Shining had reached headliner status and toured with other great acts such as Satyricon and Mayhem.

Several line-up changes later, the Swede recorded two albums in one session: ”VI – Klagopsalmer” was released in 2009, to be followed by ”VII – Född Förlorare” two years later. The band also received their first gold disc for the single ”Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” in Sweden.

After rotating more musicians in and out, Shining returned with ‘Redefining Darkness’ (2012) and a less aggressive, yet more sinister sound. Before signing to Season of Mist, the band released the project ”8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, which featured six of Kvarforth’s favorite vocalists.

In August 2014, Shining entered Andy LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios to record their ninth album, ”IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” as the sum of Niklas Kvarforth’s musical evolution and experience. More line-up changes and breakdowns followed. Yet Niklas Kvarforth clawed his way up from the depths once more and returned to Andy LaRocque and Sonic Train Studios to record another album. The result, ”X – Varg Utan Flock” is a musical masterpiece far beyond simple genre limitations and a shining tribute to the achievement that a troubled mind is capable of when driven by a passionate will to excel and overcome. Listen with respect.

The new autobiographical ”Cold Void” DVD about Niklas Kvarforth is available via the official Shining web-shop: www.shininglegions.com

Recording line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Euge Valovirta: guitar
Jarle Byberg: drums
Current line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Available formats:
Ltd. 10″ black & colored vinyl with textured cardboard sleeve (666 copies)
Guest musician:
Andy La Rocque: guitar solo on “Jag Är Din Fiende”Recording, Mix &
Mastering: Andy La Rocque, Sonic Train Studios
Cover art: Bo Mi Kim
Photography: Špela Bergant & Tomaž Gorkič (assistant)
Links:

Website:www.shiningasylum.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

Booking: luc@doomstarbookings.com 

Management: patriciathomas@btinternet.com 

Pre-sales: http://smarturl.it/ShiningFiende

Check out the full free stream and the premiere of the new album ”X – Varg Utan Flock” here, enjoy it:

Shining release new track and the premiere of the “Svart Ostoppbar Eld” from forthcoming album ”X – Varg Utan Flock”!

 

Shining are premiering the third crushing new track taken from their forthcoming album, ”X – Varg Utan Flock”, which is scheduled for release on January 5th via Season of Mist Records.

SHINING 10" single 'Fiende' cover

Tracklist:

1. Svart Ostoppbar Eld (7:11)
2. Gyllene Portarnas Bro (6:39)
3. Jag Är Din Fiende (7:05)
4. Han Som Lurar Inom (8:03)
5. Tolvtusenfyrtioett (2:53)
6. Mot Aokigahara (9:33)
Total playing time: 41:24

SHINING Niklas Kvarforth by Špela Bergant

Niklas Kvarforth is not the first artist struggling with mental illness and related issues. The erratic Swede is also not the first musician whose inner demons are part of the creative genius. Yet in the world of metal, his band Shining remains as a unique and outstanding act in terms of talent and musical excellence. Never shy about his personal afflictions, Niklas Kvarforth is once again baring his tortured soul with ”X – Varg Utan Flock”.

His anger, his confusion, his pain, and his torment are all becoming tangible on the tenth album in the band’s long history. For a point of reference, the legendary ”V – Halmstad” release probably offers the most appropriate comparison. Yet all the influences Shining fused into their previous masterpiece, ‘IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends’ (2015) are also still present. Eclectic influences from progressive rock, jazz, classical music, and even faint traces of pop have left their mark. In addition to the broad musical spectrum on display, Niklas Kvarforth’s deeply emotional laments emerging from the dark depths of his twisted mind go beyond the usual scale of metal bands in their great vocal scope and variety.

Founded in 1996 by KvarforthShining self-released ”Submit to Self-Destruction” in 1998 and spawned the term “suicidal black metal” with this debut 7″. A couple years after first full-length, ”I – Within Deep Dark Chambers” (2000) and sophomore album, ”II – Livets Ändhållplats” (2001) had cut deep marks into the underground scene, Niklas replaced his whole crew, which started a continuous cycle of line-up changes. With Mayhem drummer Hellhammer on board, ”III – Angst” (2003) and ”IV – The Eerie Cold” (2005) began to gather major press attention. At the same time, Shining focused on bringing their vision and often controversially received live performances to Europe.

Yet Kvarforth’s mental health led to cancellations, physical and psychological fights within the band, and finally a break-up. Not content to let things rest after his breakdown, the restless singer returned with new members and the acclaimed masterpiece, ”V – Halmstad” in 2007. By then Shining had reached headliner status and toured with other great acts such as Satyricon and Mayhem.

Several line-up changes later, the Swede recorded two albums in one session: ”VI – Klagopsalmer” was released in 2009, to be followed by ”VII – Född Förlorare” two years later. The band also received their first gold disc for the single ”Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” in Sweden.

After rotating more musicians in and out, Shining returned with ‘Redefining Darkness’ (2012) and a less aggressive, yet more sinister sound. Before signing to Season of Mist, the band released the project ”8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, which featured six of Kvarforth’s favourite vocalists.

In August 2014, Shining entered Andy LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios to record their ninth album, ”IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” as the sum of Niklas Kvarforth’s musical evolution and experience. More line-up changes and breakdowns followed. Yet Niklas Kvarforth clawed his way up from the depths once more and returned to Andy LaRocque and Sonic Train Studios to record another album. The result, ”X – Varg Utan Flock” is a musical masterpiece far beyond simple genre limitations and a shining tribute to the achievement that a troubled mind is capable of when driven by a passionate will to excel and overcome. Listen with respect.

Recording line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Euge Valovirta: guitar
Jarle Byberg: drums
Current line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Available formats
Ltd. 10″ black & coloured vinyl with textured cardboard sleeve (666 copies)
Guest musician
Andy La Rocque: guitar solo on “Jag Är Din Fiende”Recording, Mix & Mastering: Andy La Rocque, Sonic Train Studios
Cover art: Bo Mi Kim
Photography: Špela Bergant & Tomaž Gorkič (assistant)
Links:

Website:www.shiningasylum.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

Booking: luc@doomstarbookings.com 

Management: patriciathomas@btinternet.com 

Pre-sales: http://smarturl.it/ShiningFiende

Check out the premiere of the song  ”Svart Ostoppbar Eld” here, enjoy it:

Shining premiere and streaming of the new song “Gyllene Portanas Bro” is available today, song is a part of the forthcoming ”X – Varg Utan Flock”!

Premiere and streaming of Swedish black metal maniacs Shining for the song  “Gyllene Portanas Bro” is available, this song is a part of the  forthcoming album ”X – Varg Utan Flock” which is going to be out in January 5th 2018 via Season Of Mist Records.

Here is a statment of mastermind Niklas Kvarforth about the song:

“The track, ”Gyllene Portarnas Bro” has been in the works since 1999 and is one of the calmer moments on this record. Built around three different parts, it was originally intended for the album, ‘Livets Ändhållplats’. It was later reworked for ‘Redefining Darkness’, but it wasn’t until now that this song finally started to make sense. Lyrically, it speaks of the seduction of the human mind and spirit, the ultimate destruction of the life cycle of the one being seduced. Indeed, this track sets the mood for the violent darkness that follows.”

 

Niklas Kvarforth is not the first artist struggling with mental illness and related issues. The erratic Swede is also not the first musician whose inner demons are part of the creative genius. Yet in the world of metal, his band Shining remains as a unique and outstanding act in terms of talent and musical excellence. Never shy about his personal afflictions, Niklas Kvarforth is once again baring his tortured soul with ”X – Varg Utan Flock”.

His anger, his confusion, his pain, and his torment are all becoming tangible on the tenth album in the band’s long history. For a point of reference, the legendary ”V – Halmstad” release probably offers the most appropriate comparison. Yet all the influences Shining fused into their previous masterpiece, ‘IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends’ (2015) are also still present. Eclectic influences from progressive rock, jazz, classical music, and even faint traces of pop have left their mark. In addition to the broad musical spectrum on display, Niklas Kvarforth’s deeply emotional laments emerging from the dark depths of his twisted mind go beyond the usual scale of metal bands in their great vocal scope and variety.

Founded in 1996 by Kvarforth, Shining self-released ”Submit to Self-Destruction” in 1998 and spawned the term “suicidal black metal” with this debut 7″. A couple years after first full-length, ”I – Within Deep Dark Chambers” (2000) and sophomore album, ”II – Livets Ändhållplats” (2001) had cut deep marks into the underground scene, Niklas replaced his whole crew, which started a continuous cycle of line-up changes. With Mayhem drummer Hellhammer on board, ”III – Angst” (2003) and ”IV – The Eerie Cold” (2005) began to gather major press attention. At the same time, Shining focused on bringing their vision and often controversially received live performances to Europe.

Yet Kvarforth’s mental health led to cancellations, physical and psychological fights within the band, and finally a break-up. Not content to let things rest after his breakdown, the restless singer returned with new members and the acclaimed masterpiece, ”V – Halmstad” in 2007. By then Shining had reached headliner status and toured with other great acts such as Satyricon and Mayhem.

Several line-up changes later, the Swede recorded two albums in one session: ”VI – Klagopsalmer” was released in 2009, to be followed by ”VII – Född Förlorare” two years later. The band also received their first gold disc for the single ”Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” in Sweden.

After rotating more musicians in and out, Shining returned with ‘Redefining Darkness’ (2012) and a less aggressive, yet more sinister sound. Before signing to Season of Mist, the band released the project ”8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, which featured six of Kvarforth’s favourite vocalists.

In August 2014, Shining entered Andy LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios to record their ninth album, ”IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” as the sum of Niklas Kvarforth’s musical evolution and experience. More line-up changes and breakdowns followed. Yet Niklas Kvarforth clawed his way up from the depths once more and returned to Andy LaRocque and Sonic Train Studios to record another album. The result, ”X – Varg Utan Flock” is a musical masterpiece far beyond simple genre limitations and a shining tribute to the achievement that a troubled mind is capable of when driven by a passionate will to excel and overcome. Listen with respect.

SHINING 10" single 'Fiende' cover

Track list:

1. Svart Ostoppbar Eld (7:11)

2. Gyllene Portarnas Bro (6:39)

3. Jag Är Din Fiende (7:05)

4. Han Som Lurar Inom (8:03)

5. Tolvtusenfyrtioett (2:53)

6. Mot Aokigahara (9:33)

Total playing time: 41:24

Recording line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Euge Valovirta: guitar
Jarle Byberg: drums
Current line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Available formats
Ltd. 10″ black & coloured vinyl with textured cardboard sleeve (666 copies)
Guest musician
Andy La Rocque: guitar solo on “Jag Är Din Fiende”Recording, Mix & Mastering: Andy La Rocque, Sonic Train Studios
Cover art: Bo Mi Kim
Photography: Špela Bergant & Tomaž Gorkič (assistant)
Links:

Website:www.shiningasylum.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

Booking: luc@doomstarbookings.com 

Management: patriciathomas@btinternet.com 

Pre-sales: http://smarturl.it/ShiningFiende

Check out the premiere and the full stream of the song  “Gyllene Portanas Bro” here, enjoy it:

Shining release new song ”Jag Är Din Fiende”(“I Am Your Enemy”) from the forthcoming new album!

Shining are unleashing the first song ”Jag Är Din Fiende”, taken from their forthcoming album, ”X – Varg Utan Flock”, which is scheduled for release on January 5th.

The song “Jag Är Din Fiende” (which translates as “I Am Your Enemy”) will also be released on the A-side of a 10″ vinyl single that is entitled ”Fiende” and slated to hit the shops on November 24th. The B-side contains a largely acoustic cover version of “No Rest For The Wicked”, originally from Swedish rockabilly act The CoffinShakers.

Mastermind Niklas Kvarforth stated this about the new song:

“The third track, ”Jag Är Din Fiende”, from our upcoming tenth album embodies everything that Shining represents on a musical level. An uncompromising mix of high and low tainted with a sinister atmosphere of horrible unease. Lyrically, this track speaks of the need and means for retribution, making not only this, but the album overall, infused with a nightmarish maliciousness and a pitch-black hatred that hasn’t been as prominent on our earlier albums. There is a war coming and this is our statement on what we have in store for you!”

Shining are furthermore releasing the artwork of the ”Fiende’ 10″ song, which has been created by Bo Mi Kim and can be viewed below.

SHINING 10" single 'Fiende' cover
Track list:
1. Jag Är Din Fiende (7:05)
2. No Rest For The Wicked (3:37)  –  The Coffinshakers cover version
 The 10 vinyl song ”Fiende”, slated for release on the 24th of November is the first excerpt from the forthcoming Shining album, ”X – Varg Utan Flock”, which will be released on January 5th 2018.

The A-side features the album track “Jag Är Din Fiende”, which translates as “I Am Your Enemy” and delivers a raw and brutal sound contrasting with a surprisingly progressive guitar solo. The B-side contains a largely acoustic cover version of “No Rest For The Wicked”, originally from Swedish rockabilly act The Coffinshakers.

Niklas Kvarforth is not the first artist struggling with mental illness and related issues. The erratic Swede is also not the first musician, whose inner demons are part of his creative genius. Yet in the world of metal, his band Shining remains as a unique and outstanding act in terms of talent and musical excellence.

Founded in 1996 by KvarforthShining self-released ”Submit to Self-Destruction” in 1998 and spawned the term “suicidal black metal” with this debut 7″.

A couple years after first full-length, ”I – Within Deep Dark Chambers” (2000) and sophomore album, ”II – Livets Ändhållplats” (2001) had cut deep marks into the underground scene, Niklas replaced his whole crew, which started a continuous cycle of line-up changes. With Mayhem drummer Hellhammer on board, ”III – Angst” (2003) and ”IV – The Eerie Cold’‘ (2005) began to gather major press attention. Art the ame time, Shining focused on bringing their vision and often controversially received live performances to Europe. Yet Kvarforth’s mental health led to cancellations, physical and psychological fights within the band, and finally a break-up. Not content to let things rest after his breakdown, the restless singer returned with new members and the acclaimed masterpiece, ”V – Halmstad” (2007). 
Shining had reached headliner status and toured with other great acts such as Satyricon and Mayhem. Several line-up changes later, the Swede once again entered studio and recorded two albums in one session. ”VI – Klagopsalmer” was released in 2009 and two years later ”VII – Född Förlorare” appeared. The band also received their first gold disc for the song ”Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” in Sweden.
After rotating more musicians in and out, Shining returned with ‘Redefining Darkness’ (2012) and a less aggressive, yet more sinister sound. Before signing to Season of Mist, the band released the project ”8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, which featured six of Kvarforth’s favourite vocalists. In August 2014, Shining entered Andy LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios to record their ninth album. ”IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends’‘ as the sum of Niklas Kvarforth’s musical evolution and experience. More line-up changes and breakdowns followed. Now the Swedes are preparing to release ”X – Varg Utan Flock’‘ in 2018.
Recording line-up:
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Euge Valovirta: guitar
Jarle Byberg: drumsCurrent line-up
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Available formats
Ltd. 10″ black & coloured vinyl with textured cardboard sleeve (666 copies)
Guest musician
Andy La Rocque: guitar solo on “Jag Är Din Fiende”Recording, Mix & Mastering: Andy La Rocque, Sonic Train StudiosStyle: Suicidal MetalCover art: Bo Mi KimPhotography: Špela Bergant & Tomaž Gorkič (assistant)

Links:

Website:www.shiningasylum.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

Booking: luc@doomstarbookings.com 

Management: patriciathomas@btinternet.com 

Pre-sales: http://smarturl.it/ShiningFiende

Available formats
Ltd. 10″ black & coloured vinyl with textured cardboard sleeve (666 copies)

Check out the song ”Jag Är Din Fiende” (“I Am Your Enemy”) here, enjoy it: