It’s pity and annoying, there are a band named Shining from Norway formed at Oslo in 1999 and this band from Halmstad, Sweden formed in 1996 by Niklas Kvarforth, also involved in the bands Skitliv, Diabolicum, Den Saakaldte, Funeral Dirge and Bethlehem. I love them both, JÃ¸rgen Munkeby shake my world last year with the incredible album “Blackjazz” which forged jazz, industrial and black metal, while Niklas Kvarforth keep on surprising us with his intense blending of black metal and incorporated elements of doom metal and post/modern metal textures. Two creative Scandinavian bands sharing the same name still may be confusing for some…
“VII Fodd Forlorare” set to be released by Spinefarm Records on May 25, 2011 consist in six gloomy but beautiful and intense new songs and it’s obviously the band’s seventh album. Taking on a more experimental path, Shining remains an intense and extreme metal act, some acoustic and experimental/psychedelic passages bringing more color and excitement to this new material.
01 – “FÃ¶rtvivlan, min arvedel” (Despair, My Inheritance)
02 – “Tiden lÃ¤ker inga sÃ¥r” (Time Heals No Wounds)
03 – “MÃ¤nniska o’avskyvÃ¤rda mÃ¤nniska” (Man, O’Awful Man)
04 – “Tillsammans Ã¤r vi allt” (Together We Are Everything)
05 – “I nattens timma” (In the Hour of the Night)
06 – “FFF”
The album also features Michael Amott (Carcass, Arch Enemy etc.) guest starring on two tracks and Swedish pop star HÃ¥kan Hemlin (Nordman), whose appearance on the track â€œTillsammans vi Ã¤r alltâ€ raised a small storm in his home country because of the lyrical theme of the song: Hemlin is known to have a drug problem and â€œTillsammans vi Ã¤r alltâ€ tells about heroin abuse.
“VII Fodd Forlorare” is another chapter from Ghoul contorted and twisted trip through a world shaded by suicidal thoughts and self torture. Beyond the depth and darkness of their music, Shining have a beautiful glow and this is an intense journey through the darkest corners of the soul. From the deepest edge of depression till some surprisingly shining high ends of shimmering hopes, “VII Fodd Forlorare” seems to be a corner stone in the bands evolution and may mark the beginning of a new era of black and post metal genres.