SHINING
Depressive Black Metal / Black Metal / Non-Metal • Sweden

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Shining is a Swedish black metal band originally formed back in 1996 by Niklas Kvarforth. Their lyrical themes are based on depression, suicide and angst, and their live performances contain large amounts of self-mutilation that they invite the audience to take part in.
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.. Album Cover 3.62 | 5 ratings
I: Within Deep Dark Chambers
Depressive Black Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.37 | 5 ratings
II: Livets Ändhållplats
Depressive Black Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.16 | 7 ratings
III: Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie
Depressive Black Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.84 | 11 ratings
IV: The Eerie Cold
Depressive Black Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.15 | 15 ratings
V: Halmstad
Depressive Black Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.66 | 11 ratings
VI: Klagopsalmer
Black Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.61 | 11 ratings
VII: Född Förlorare
Black Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 3.65 | 6 ratings
Redefining Darkness
Black Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 3.26 | 4 ratings
IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
Black Metal 2015

SHINING EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Submit To Selfdestruction
Depressive Black Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Dolorian / Shining
Depressive Black Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
The Sinister Alliance
Depressive Black Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 1.67 | 3 ratings
Shining / Den Saakaldte
Black Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 2.55 | 2 ratings
Lots Of Girls Gonna Get Hurt
Non-Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Shining / Alfahanne
Depressive Black Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Shining / Monumentum
Depressive Black Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
In The Eerie Cold Where All The Witches Dance
Black Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Shining On The Enslaved
Depressive Black Metal 2015

SHINING live albums

SHINING demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Five Valid Reasons For Self-Inflicting Harm
Depressive Black Metal 2014

SHINING re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Through Years Of Oppression
Depressive Black Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.54 | 4 ratings
The Darkroom Sessions
Depressive Black Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.59 | 3 ratings
8 ½: Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd
Depressive Black Metal 2013

SHINING singles (1)

.. Album Cover
2.05 | 2 ratings
Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
Depressive Black Metal 2011

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SHINING I: Within Deep Dark Chambers

Album · 2000 · Depressive Black Metal
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There are some people who are just born to be unhappy despite living in the most fortunate of circumstances. For some reason, Scandinavia has plenty of unhappy souls despite having one of the highest standards of living in the world. Such is the case with young Niklas Kvarforth who started his depressive black metal band SHINING (the Swedish band, not the Norwegian jazz-metal group of the same name) at the tender age of 12. Depressive black metal set itself apart early on in the 90s distinguishing itself other black metal in that it doesn’t focus on misanthropy or Satanic themes but rather on self-destruction and all the negative emotions associated with suicide and self hatred. WITHIN DEEP DARK CHAMBERS is the full debut album by Kvarforth who contributes vocals, guitar and keyboard with his lineup of other sickened souls: Tusk on bass, Ted Wedebrand on drums and additional disturbed vocalizations by Andreas Classen.

This debut album is pretty much in line with the depressive black metal scene of the 90s in that it utilizes an overall repetitive, hypnotic and monotonous feel that incorporates the wall of sound guitar frenzy with atmospheric keys, occasional chimes and midstream drums meaning that blastbeats are uncommon and the drums lazily accompany the fuzz feed frenzy. Perhaps the most “depressive” aspect of SHINING’s first album is not only the uncompromising fury of the music but mostly of Kvarforth’s anguished and tortured vocals above all else. This is one of those albums that simply excels in distressed fury and keeps me on pins and needles wondering if dude isn’t gonna do himself in on the final track just to have a musical place in history. Fortunately not so as i like future SHINING albums better than this one. But wow. This definitely fits the depressive black metal bill. Not recommended as music for grandma’s funeral.

While this album excels at keeping every shimmer of light from entering the boarded up windows and screams a razor blade, case of aspirin with vodka and carbon monoxide party, the music is fairly straight forward as this was before SHINING started experimenting with more progressive elements as to add more sophistication to self-hating pity party. The music here has the regular black metal buzzsaw grunge, where the guitars and bass are one and the raspy vocals wax and wane between traumatic black metal tantrums about how horrible the world is with utter resignation to the life sucks affirmations. The weakness here is the percussion as it is as languid as a salamander in the arctic and merely keeps the beat and not much else. Overall, this is a decent slice of depressive black metal but some of the tracks which hint towards progressiveness such as “Stonelands” and “And Only Silence Remains…” tend to meander for far too long, however the inclusion of church bells and slow parts in the latter does make it a bit more interesting at times.

SHINING IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends

Album · 2015 · Black Metal
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"IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" is the 9th full-length studio album by Swedish extreme metal act Shining. The album was released through Season of Mist in April 2015. While there are 3 years between this one and it´s predecessor "Redefining Darkness (2012)", Shining has kept busy in the intermediate years with the release of the "8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd (2013)" album, which is an album with re-recordings of earlier material, and the release of a couple of splits/EPs. There have been a couple of lineup changes since the last album too as Rainer Tuomikanto has replaced Ludwig Witt as the band´s new drummer, and Euge Valovirta has been added to the lineup has second guitarist. The usual suspects are Niklas Kvarforth (vocals, guitars), Peter Huss (guitars), and Christian Larsson (bass).

Stylistically the music on "IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" is pretty much Shining as we know them (in recent years). The depressive Swedish language lyrics are performed passionately by frontman Niklas Kvarforth who successfully combines anger and despair when he sings both his raw and clean vocals. You never quite know where you have him. One moment it sounds like he is ready to cut your throat and the next he sounds like he is about to slash his own wrists. The guitars pump out meaty heavy riffs, but also atmospheric riffs and acoustic sections, and lead themes and solos. The well playing rhythm section glues it all together.

The material is well written and while it´s based in black metal, there are also elements of death, thrash, doom, and progressive metal in the music. Acoustic sections have been a part of Shining´s material for years, and that trend continues on "IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends". This time even to the extent where they are occasionally leaving metal territory and entering depressive rock territory. Not completely unlike the Norwegians in Seigmen, which is an act main composer Kvarforth has admired for years, and who Shining even did a cover of on "VI: Klagopsalmer (2009)". So the material is quite varied, and occasionally even a bit quirky (both "Människotankens vägglösa rum" and "Inga broar kvar att bränna" fit that description).

"IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" is well produced, featuring a powerful, clear, and professional sounding production, which suits the music well. So upon conclusion it´s another high quality release by Shining. I don´t think it´s their strongest output in recent years, but both new listeners and fans should still be able to have a blast with this one. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

SHINING VI: Klagopsalmer

Album · 2009 · Black Metal
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Warthur
Klagopsalmer finds Shining persisting with the musical approach they'd adopted on Halmstad, and whilst it doesn't quite feel as fresh as it did on that album, it's still nice to hear them really going to town on embellishing the quieter sections of their loud/quiet blueprint. Shining could probably be accused of sticking to their basic formula once again, but the additions to the formula attained during the Halmstad era have clearly stuck, and consequently their sound still feels moderately refreshed here. I don't think this album is the equal of Halmstad, which I would personally recommend to most listeners as their starting point in exploring the miserable world of Shining, but it's not bad either.

SHINING V: Halmstad

Album · 2007 · Depressive Black Metal
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Warthur
Emerging in the wake of the whole "Ghoul" debacle (in which Kvarforth and Shining tried their best to convince the world that Kvarforth had committed suicide without ever directly stating it for the sake of plausible deniability when the sham was revealed), V: Halmstad reveals a rejuvenated and refreshed Shining. It's not that their formula has radically changed here, but the application of the formula is masterful and compelling. In particular, the band have clearly honed their skills when it comes to the quieter instrumental sections, and the tightened up sound there really helps the compositions hang together. If Kvarforth needed to pull a tasteless prank on the black metal scene in order to produce this album, I'm inclined to forgive him when the results are this good.

SHINING IV: The Eerie Cold

Album · 2005 · Depressive Black Metal
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With some of its calmer tracks approaching post-rock territory (complete with found audio snippets a la Godspeed You Black Emperor), Shining's fourth album is a confident application of what had by this point become a tightly optimised blueprint. It's a solid work, though it still doesn't quite represent a major creative breakthrough in the band's music; if anything, it risks creating the impression that the band were stuck in a rut at this point and only just about manages to avoid this. You have to wonder whether Kvarforth's infamous "Ghoul" stunt that followed the release of this album wasn't at least in part motivated by a desire to shake off the cobwebs and do something a little different.

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