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Latest news: Tue, Jan 30 2018, SHINING

Latest release: "X - Varg Utan Flock"

Release date: Fri, Jan 05 2018, US Fri, Jan 05 2018

Shining have been announced to replace Katatonia at the prestigious Inferno Metal Festival in support of their latest release 'X – Varg Utan Flock'. See below for more info and line-up.

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Shining will be joining label mates Auðn, Dodecahedron, Earth Electric, Ulsect, Sinistro, and Tsjuder. Tickets are running low, but a limited number is still available here. Buy now or never.

Shining will be playing in support of 'X – Varg Utan Flock'. The album entered the French album charts on position 183 and on 3rd place in the French metal charts as well as number 10 in the Swedish album charts in the first week of its release. Artwork and track list can be viewed below.



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'X – Varg Utan FLock' can still be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop

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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.


Name Instrument
Niklas Kvarforth Vocals
Marcus Hammarström Bass
Peter Huss Guitars

Releases Season of Mist


X - Varg Utan Flock

General information
: Fri, Jan 05 2018
: Fri, Jan 05 2018
: Suicidal Metal
: SOM444
: available



General information
: Fri, Nov 24 2017
: Fri, Nov 24 2017
: Suicidal Metal
: SOM444EP
: available


IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends

General information
: Mon, Apr 20 2015
: Tue, Apr 21 2015
: Suicidal Metal
: SOM350
: available


VI – Klagopsalmer

General information
: Tue, Feb 09 2010
: Black Metal
: SOM724
: US and Canada only

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Mar 30 2018 NO Oslo Rockefeller, John Dee Inferno Festival 2018
Sat, Mar 31 2018 DE München Backstage Dark Easter Metal Meeting 2018
Fri, Jun 22 2018 BE Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting 2018 Exact date TBA
Tue, Jul 24 2018 SI Tolmin Metal Days 2018 Exact date TBA
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