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Shining release foreboding new artwork for 8½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd


What’s that you’re saying? “But Shining just released an album, called One One One?” You would be right, of course, if I was talking about the Norwegian Shining, but there is another band called Shining, one from Sweden, that are very different from the Norwegian counterpart.

This Shining, lead by the notorious Kvarforth, play a very vitriolic, self-destructive, and depressive brand of black metal, and have been doing so for nearly 20 years, with a brief breakup in 2004. Kvarforth also once reportedly committed suicide, with the band replacing him before revealing months later at a show that the replacement was Kvarforth himself.

I bring this all up, because Shining recently revealed the artwork for their upcoming ninth full length album, titled 8½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd. The idea behind the release is that it will contain old songs but with newly recorded bass, guitar, keyboards, as well as guest vocals. It will see release on September 23rd on Dark Essence Records, not even a year after their last album, Redefining Darkness, and only a few months after a split release with Italian death metal maestros, Mortuary Drape.

The artwork, pictured at the top of this post, is quite haunting. It fits in with the kind of music that Shining are known for, eerie, chilling, and maybe slightly controversial.

I personally didn’t get into Shining until very recently (as in, only a few hours before writing this post) so that’s why this news is a week late. This kind of music is really and truly dark, exploring the real black depths of the human soul. Depression, negativity, suicide, and life are the general themes for the band, not easy subjects to deal with at all.

The album can be pre-ordered now, in CD or LP format, from Shining’s webstore.

Since I don’t have any new music from the album to share with you yet, I’ll give you some older songs to get you acquainted with the band or to whet your appetite for the dark side of music.

What do you guys think? Are you fans of Shining’s brand of misanthropy? Are you looking forward to this new release? Sound off in the comments!

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