Shining (NOR) Stream New Album “X – Varg Utan Flock”

Shining (NOR) are streaming their new album “X – Varg Utan Flock” in full. That effort will officially be released on Friday (January 5).


Shining (SWE) Stream New Song “Svart Ostoppbar Eld”

Shining have premiered a new song titled “Svart Ostoppbar Eld.” This song is from their new album “X – Varg Utan Flock,” which will be released on January 5.

Shining (SWE) Stream New Song “Gyllene Portarnas Bro”

Shining have premiered a new song titled “Gyllene Portarnas Bro.” This song is from their new album “X – Varg Utan Flock,” which will be released on January 5.

Niklas Kvarforth commented:

“‘Gyllene Portarnas Bro‘ has been in the works since 1999 and is one of the calmer songs on the album. Built around three different parts, it was originally intended for the ‘Livets Ändhållplats‘ album. It was later reworked for ‘Redefining Darkness‘, but it isnt until now that the song finally started to make sense.

Lyrically it speaks of the suduction 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.”

Shining (SWE) Stream New Song “Jag Är Din Fiende”

Shining have premiered a new song titled “Jag Är Din Fiende.”This song is from their new album “X – Varg Utan Flock,” which will be released on January 5.

Niklas Kvarforth commented:

“The track, Jag Är Din Fiende, from our upcoming 10th album,” says Niklas himself, “embodies everything that Shiningrepresents 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!”

In other news, the band also plan to release a new 10″ EP called “Fiende” on November 24.

[via Metal Hammer]

Shining Finish Recording New Album, Part Ways With Euge Valovirta

Shining have have announced that they have officially completed work on their new album “X – Varg Utan Flock“ (Swedish for “wolf without a pack”). The effort is expected to be released later this year via Season Of Mist.

Frontman Niklas Kvarforth said the following:

“It has been an ordeal of gigantic proportions, but I am pleased to announce that the recording of our tenth album have now come to an end, and I am currently working on the final visual details before this aural nightmare can be sent off to our label and fuck up your lives.

‘X – Varg Utan Flock‘ is the direct follow up to our fifth album, but, as usual it does contain a few unexpected twists and turns that will send cold shivers down your spines. It was an honour to serve for two decades as the grand puppet-master and bringer of chaos.

Let there be Blood!”

In other news. the band have also announced the departure of guitarist Euge Valovirta. Valovirta commented:

“Dear all,

After six years with Shining I have decided to leave the band. I’m really proud of what we accomplished together but now it’s time for me to move on towards new adventures. I want to thank Niklas & the past and present members of the band for everything. I love you bros. Also thanks to all the fans for your support. Without you we would be nothing. Hope to meet you all again on the road soon. I have some new things coming so stay tuned!

All the best,

Shining’s Portland, OR Show Cancelled Due To Niklas Kvarforth‘s Alleged “Offensive, Dangerous,” & “Destructive” Behavior

Shining’s May 17 show with Revenge and Wolvhammer at the Tonic Lounge in Portland, Oregon has been cancelled. The cancellation comes as a result of the venue saying that Niklas Kvarforth has “done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive.”

The Tonic Lounge said the following:

“Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th.
All tickets will be refunded.

We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed.

We were also told that later, while performing at The Shredder, he used many blatant racist and homophobic slurs on stage, threatened audience members with rape, slapped audience members in the face, and was sieg heil saluting repeatedly throughout their performance.

Sometimes words and allegations on the internet can be difficult to navigate, but a story like this coming from a friend is not. The above types of behavior are simply not acceptable at Tonic Lounge. This isn’t about censorship. This is about protecting our venue, our staff, and our patrons.

This decision was not made under pressure by any individuals or political groups. We believe in freedom of expression and are not quick to pull the plug on any band booked at our club. However, we are not going to invite someone into our space to spout hate speech on our stage, and/or put our staff and patrons in harm’s way.

We are still in full support of Famine Fest Presents, the other bands who were on the bill, and all of our friends and customers who planned on attending. We hope you all can respect our decision to do what’s best for our club and those within it.”

[via The PRP]