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There are multiple artists under the name of Shining: 1) A Norwegian progressive metal / avant-garde jazz group. 2) A Swedish black metal band. 3) Julian Beeston, an electronic musician. 4) Early noise recordings from Illinois, USA. 5) A Polish experimental death metal band. 6) An 80s German synthpop band. 7) A French hip hop artist.

1) Shining is a Norwegian band that started out as an group in 1998, and has since evolved into playing their own avant-garde brand of . Winner of the Alarm Award in both 2006 (for In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster) and 2007 (for Grindstone).

Shining’s fifth album Blackjazz was released 18 January 2010 on Indie Recordings. The album’s title is meant to describe Shining’s sound, which on Blackjazz became even harder and more intense than ever before. New Shining sounds like experimental metal with huge jazz influence.

Current members are:
Jørgen Munkeby - sax, guitar, Akai EWI and vocals
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Bernt Moen - synths and keyboards
Tor Egil Kreken - bass
Even Helte Hermansen - guitars

Core discography:

2001 - Where The Ragged People Go
2003 - Sweet Shanghai Devil
2005 - In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster
2007 - Grindstone
2010 - Blackjazz
2013 - One One One

2) Shining is a Swedish band originally formed back in 1996 by Niklas Kvarforth in the city Halmstad. Their lyrical themes are often based on depression, anger, suicide and angst, but also man’s immoral behavior. Their live performances often contain self-mutilation that they invite the audience to take part in.
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”.

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