Shining (Swedish band)
Kvarforth live on February 3, 2007
|Years active||1996 - 2004, 2004 - present|
|Labels||Spinefarm Records, Osmose Productions, Dark Essence Records|
|Associated acts||Skitliv, Ondskapt, Bethlehem, In Lingua Mortua, Mayhem, Den Saakaldte|
|Website||Shining on Myspace|
|Past members||(see below)|
The band split-up in August 2004 and their fourth album, IV: The Eerie Cold, was supposed to be their last, but the band reformed later the same year with a new line-up capable of live shows. The band then released their fifth album, which was at first going to be called V: Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni but was later changed to V: Halmstad, a reference to Kvarforth's hometown.
Shining openly promotes suicide and self-harm in all its forms (e.g. drugs) in their lyrics. The founder of the band, Niklas Kvarforth, has claimed, with contentment, there have been some cases of people committing suicide at least partially under the influence of Shining's music. Musically, Shining went from black metal with doom influences on their earlier work to a more progressive extreme metal sound with extensive use of clean guitars, guitar solos, different vocal styles and often tempo shifts and odd time signatures. Shining's music also contains several movie samples from films such as Prozac Nation, She's So Lovely, and American Psycho.
Vocalist Niklas Kvarforth wanted to "force feed" his listeners "with self-destructive and suicidal imagery and lyrics". In the beginning he used the term "suicidal black metal" for his music to separate himself from the "mediocre worms". However, he stopped using the term in 2001 because it had begun to be used by a slew of other bands, whom he felt had misinterpreted his vision and were using the music as a kind of therapy rather than a weapon against the listener as Kvarforth intended. He said that he "wouldn't call Shining a black metal band" and called the "suicidal black metal" term a "foolish idea".
Kvarforth disappeared in July 2006 and a rumor was spread he was presumed to have committed suicide. On August 23, 2006 the band posted a statement on their website declaring Kvarforth had disappeared. The band was said to continue with a new singer named "Ghoul", as one of the wishes from Kvarforth.
At a concert that took place on February 3, 2007 at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden, "Ghoul" was revealed to be Kvarforth. The concert was violent in nature, sparking controversy in the Swedish media, with Kvarforth occasionally fighting the audience and the guest vocalists (Attila Csihar, Maniac and Nattefrost). Razorblades were handed to a member of the audience, and one person was kicked in the chest after grabbing Kvarforth's genitals; who was later found to be Maniac posing as a crazed fan.
One member of the audience recalls the kicking: "A couple of songs are finished and Kvarforth is standing with zipped up leather pants and some drunk Swede touches his crotch. Kvarforth looks shocked and shouts 'Don't touch me,' before he kicks the fan in the chest."
- Niklas Kvarforth (a.k.a. "Ghoul") - vocals, guitar (1996 onward)
- Peter Huss - lead and rhythm guitar (2005 onward)
- Christian Larsson - bass guitar (2010 onward)
- Rainer Tuomikanto - drums (live member, 2012 onward)
- Euge Valovirta - guitar (live member, 2012 onward)
- Andreas Classen (2000, vocals on Within Deep Dark Chambers)
- Robert (1998, vocals on Submit to Selfdestruction)
- Håkan "Inisis" Ollars (2002)
- John Doe (2005–2006)
- Casado (2005–2006)
- Fredric "Wredhe" Gråby - rhythm and lead guitar (2006–2011)
- Tusk (2000–2001)
- Johan Hallander (2005–2007)
- Phil A. Cirone (2001–2005, 2007–2008)
- Andreas Larssen (2008–2010)
- Ted "Impaler" Wedebrand (1998–2001)
- Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (2001–2004)
- Jarle "Uruz" Byberg (2007–2008)
- Rickard "Rille" Schill (2008–2010)
- Ludwig Witt - drums (2005–2007, 2011-2012)
- I: Within Deep Dark Chambers (2000)
- II: Livets ändhållplats (2001)
- III: Angst, självdestruktivitetens emissarie (2002)
- IV: The Eerie Cold (2005)
- V: Halmstad (2007)
- VI: Klagopsalmer (2009)
- VII: Född förlorare (2011)
- Redefining Darkness (2012)
- 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd (2013)
EPs and compilations
- Submit to Selfdestruction (EP, 1998)
- Dolorian/Shining (Split EP, 2004)
- Through Years of Oppression (Rarity compilation, 2004)
- The Darkroom Sessions (Rehearsal compilation, 2004)
- Shining/Den Saakaldte (Split EP, 2008)
- Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt (EP, 2012)
- In the Eerie Cold Where All the Witches Dance (Split EP, 2013)
- "Förtvivlan, min arvedel" (2011)
- "Förtvivlan, min arvedel" (2011)
- "Tillsammans är vi allt " (2012)
- Shining Quits Indie and Signs with Spinefarm – Album Release Date Set facebook.com. 2011-04-02. Retrieved on 2011-04-02.
- "Webzine interview with Kvarforth". Black Terror Webzine. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
- Black Metal Satanica, 2008.
- Shining (25.04.07) (In German).
- "Comment On Rumors Of Singer's Suicide". Shiningangst.se. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
- "SHINING's Controversial Concert: An Eyewitness Account". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
I must admit that I've never been so afraid [at a concert] in my whole life and everything just went spiraling out of control and I was almost counting down songs and hoping that the show would end without anyone being harmed. But I can't complain — I loved every second of it
- "Shining biography". MusicMight. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
- "Shining - Metal Storm". Metal Storm. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
- Shining Parts Ways With Bass Player Andreas Larsen metalunderground.com. 2 February 2010. Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Shining - Reveal New EP Details
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