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There are multiple artists under the name of Shining:
1) A Swedish band
2) A Norwegian / group.
3) Julian Beeston, an musician.
4) Early recordings from Illinois, USA.
5) A Polish band.
6) An 80s German band.
7) A French artist.

1) Shining is a Swedish black metal band formed in 1996 by Niklas Kvarforth in Halmstad, Sweden. The band’s music contains depressive undertones, which include personal and suicide-themed lyrics. Kvarforth is the main composer and vocalist of the band. He was only twelve years old when he started Shining. By the time Kvarforth was fourteen, Shining had released their first EP, Submit to Selfdestruction (1998), on which he played guitars and bass. It was not until the band released their first album, Within Deep Dark Chambers (2000), that Kvarforth became the band’s vocalist. The band’s name does not refer to the book The Shining or the film based on it, but rather according to Kvarforth, it means “the path to enlightenment.”

Shining openly promotes suicide and self-harm in all its forms (e.g. drugs) in their lyrics. Kvarforth has claimed, with contentment, there have been some cases of people committing suicide at least partially under the influence of Shining’s music.


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  • versionfiv

    Within Deep Dark Chambers and Livets Andhallplats are black metal. not good black metal but hey, can't all be winners. never heard the other stuff.

    Yesterday 5:36pm Reply
  • FerrumMars

    Пошли вы все нахуй!

    28 Jan 5:36pm Reply
  • xwinexdayx

    this shit is not black metal

    27 Jan 8:43am Reply
  • Samoroth

    I'm eager to hear their new album. Redefining Darkness was the best one since Halmstad. I'm not too big on the albums between Halmstad en RD.

    22 Jan 7:40pm Reply
  • arrogantpony

    (Swedish) Shining's releasing their new album 'IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends' on April 20th. Holy shit.

    20 Jan 4:03pm Reply
  • Gabriel_Opeth


    6 Jan 7:53pm Reply
  • martincarny

    I am not familiar with other bands... but for me Norwegian Shinig's blackjazz just orgasmic album.

    5 Jan 11:56pm Reply
  • A-Spectowsky

    A versão de 21 st. schizoid man é a melhor já feita. Acho meio comercialzinho demais essa tendencia ~suicida~, mas enfim, só pelas peças de avant-garde jazz prog já valeu a década! Se bem que o Redefining Darkness é um puta álbum do caralho. Enfim.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    @GadusMorhua I was on the brink of killing myself, but then my other favourite band, VILLAGE PEOPLE saved my life. Hallelujah!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vividserenity

    Pointless comment #1,839,291: yeah the other band is stupid

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GadusMorhua

    Wish the fans of the Swedish faggot would just kill themselves already. Not even trying to be edgy, that's literally what the guy wants to accomplish with his music

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Finally started listening to the Norwegian shining a stuff before black jazz.. So why aren't these albums more popular? They're fucking fantastic.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Gebrilas

    Shining (nor) all the way

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • anti-tristu

    trv kvlt norwegian black metal !!! oh, wait...

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Mystic Ice

    I feel bad for the people that actually listen to both Shining bands a lot. I bet their charts are a mess and the entry for Shining is really skewed and disproportionate. Even so, I'm an ass and I will admit it, I only like one Shining and I'd prefer it if the Swedish Shining pic stayed put. I don't like the Norwegian band at all. But its all a matter of personal choice. Too bad Last.Fm can't fix this sort of thing, just like my listening to Nomad (Seth of Behemoth's other band) coming up as some rapper guy.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • semmie12

    Black metal And Jazz metal band are both fucking crazy good

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jtootf

    Jazz band is incredible. Fuckin' masterpieces!

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • liljakarma


    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    fuck... "Neka morgondagen" makes me wanna suicide... one of the best songs ever 4 me

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    V This.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
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