Formed in 1996, Shining is a Swedish black metal band that incorporates doom metal elements in their music. The band's music contains depressive undertones, which include personal and suicide-themed lyrics.
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".
The band split-up in August 2004 and their fourth album, IV: The Eerie Cold, was supposed to be their last, but the band reformed later the same year with a new line-up capable of live shows. The band then released their fifth album, which was at first going to be called V: Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni but was later changed to V: Halmstad, a reference to Kvarforth's hometown
Shining openly promotes suicide and self-harm in all its forms (e.g. drugs) in their lyrics. The founder of the band, Niklas Kvarforth, has claimed, with contentment, there have been some cases of people committing suicide at least partially under influence of Shining's music. Musically, Shining went from black metal with doom influences on their earlier work to a more progressive extreme metal sound with extensive use of clean guitars, guitar solos, different vocal styles and often tempo shifts and odd time signatures
Kvarforth disappeared in July 2006 and a rumor was spread he was presumed to have committed suicide. On August 23, 2006 the band posted a statement on their website declaring Kvarforth had disappeared. The band was said to continue with a new singer named "Ghoul", as one of the wishes from Kvarforth.
At a concert that took place on February 3, 2007 at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden, "Ghoul" was revealed to be Kvarforth. The concert was violent in nature, sparking controversy in the Swedish media, with Kvarforth occasionally fighting the audience and the guest vocalists (Attila Csihar, Maniac and Nattefrost). Razorblades were handed to a member of the audience, and one person was kicked in the chest after grabbing Kvarforth's genitals; who was later found to be Maniac posing as a crazed fan.
One member of the audience recalls the kicking: "A couple of songs are finished and Kvarforth is standing with zipped up leather pants and some drunk Swede touches his crotch. Kvarforth looks
shocked and shouts 'Don't touch me,' before he kicks the fan in the chest
Niklas Kvarforth (a.k.a. "Ghoul") - vocals, guitar (1996 onward)
Peter Huss - lead & rhythm guitar (2005 onward)
Christian Larsson - bass (2010 onward)
Ludwig Witt - drums (2005–2007, 2011 onward)
I: Within Deep Dark Chambers (2000)
II: Livets ändhållplats (2001)
III: Angst, självdestruktivitetens emissarie (2002)
IV: The Eerie Cold (2005)
V: Halmstad (2007)
VI: Klagopsalmer (2009)
VII: Född förlorare (2011)
EPs and compilations:
Submit to Selfdestruction (EP) (1998)
Dolorian/Shining (Split EP) (2004)
Through Years of Oppression (Rarity compilation) (2004)
The Darkroom Sessions (Rehearsal compilation) (2004)
Shining/Den Saakaldte (Split EP)
Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel (2011)
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