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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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  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Finally giving Swedish Shining some listens, their early stuff is mediocre as fuck. Newer stuff is decent though, but not very original. (Grabs popcorn)

    24 Feb 12:11am Reply
  • Lloergan

    If IX EEEE is as good as Redefining Darkness I will be happy, if it's as good as V Halmstad then I will be over the moon. Problem is I never know what to expect with this band, they have been very hit and miss in my book.

    19 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • FeoMortiis

    Lord1349 Первый подорванный Миталист

    15 Feb 8:28am Reply
  • RopetAvSjelen

    There is nothing better than "Låt oss ta allt från varandra"!

    11 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Nor and Swe Shining need to collaborate. The album should be called "Girls REALLY Gonna Get Hurt."

    7 Feb 5:28am Reply
  • Flamelord

    7 Feb 4:56am Reply
  • Omega_nothing

    Can't see Shining as depressive black metal.

    5 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • Lord1349

    FeoMortiis, сказал самый главный тут говноед и очколиз.

    5 Feb 1:02pm Reply
  • FeoMortiis

    Все кому нравится последние альбомы-говноеды.

    5 Feb 12:59pm Reply
  • RevengeAlive

    Look forward for a new album!!

    5 Feb 4:53am Reply
  • krilu89

    4 Feb 3:11pm Reply
  • metralindol

    those scandinavians are equally good, come on

    2 Feb 12:24pm Reply
  • 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.

    30 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
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    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
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