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Shining

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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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