Shining founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth is quitting all other projects in order to concentrate on Shining.
Kvarforth released the following statement: "A lot of things have been happening recently with Shining, and the rapid growth of the band over the last year, and the commitment that Shining now requires of me has meant that it has become impractical for me to continue working as vocalist with other bands.
This includes my work with Bethlehem, who themselves realised that the band could not continue with myself on vocals. Bethlehem is still my all-time favourite band and I wish them all the best for the future. I will also be quitting as front man for Den Saakaldte.
From now on, therefore, I will only be making occasional guest vocal appearances on albums by other bands, and my priority will be Shining. My work with Maniac's band Skitliv will not be affected, however, as the vocals and the bulk of the creative work is in his hands.
Shining guitarist Peter Huss has joined Swedish black metal act Apostasy after the departure of Ludvig Johansson in early October.
The band revealed the following statement: "Apostasy is very pleased to present our new guitarist, Peter Huss. Peter Huss has done tons of session/live works and can play any type of music. He will be a great addition to Apostasy on our upcoming songwriting/recording/live/drinking sessions. We're excited to have this amazing guitarist onboard. And the best thing beside his chops is that he's a really nice and easygoing dude with a great sense of humor and great passion for music.
Peter also play guitar in the legendary Swedish band Shining. He has toured with Sinergy in 1999 as a session guitarist replacing Alexi Laiho. Some of the bands/albums Peter has participated on lately are Swedish death metal band Ruined Soul, Dutch/Belgian death metal band Unlocked, Norwegian metal band Pantheon I, and he did all guitars on the ISSA Sign of Angels album with monster drummer Uli Kusch among others. Weird fact: Apostasy drummer Thomas Ohlsson is playing in the ISSA "I'm Alive" video."
Shining will make a rare appearance in their home country of Sweden when they headline the Forlorn Festival which is scheduled to take place on the 26th and 27th November at the Fabriken, in Umea, Sweden. According to the organisers this will be Sweden's first ever Black Metal festival, and the line up will feature some of the country's leading Black Metal bands, many of whom, like Shining itself, rarely get to play in their own country. Line up up for the Forlorn Fest is as follows:
Shining's much anticipated seventh album VII / Född Förlorare is due for release on Indie Recordings later this year. The band will be appearing at a number of festivals over the summer, and will embark on a series of European dates with Enthroned during October and November.
Swedish metallers Shining have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:
"Just to let everyone know that Larsen has officially left Shining so that he can concentrate on his studies. He has been a great asset to the band during his time with us, and a good companion, and we wish him well for the future.
A new bass player has already been chosen, and we will be announcing more about this shortly."
Shining vocalist Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson has recorded vocals for a track on the forthcoming Torturmantra album from Norwegian Black Metallers Gravdal. The track, "Mishandlet", was recorded in Sweden at the Erebus Odora studios and produced by Peter Bjärgö. Torturmantra, is due for release on Unexploded Records in early 2010, and will be the second full-length album from Gravdal, whose debut album Sadist was released in 2008.
According to the band, Torturmantra will be a huge step forward in Gravdal's development: "You will still be able to find the madness that was apparent on Sadist but our song writing skills have developed considerably since we produced that album, and our new material has much more depth and variety to it, both in sound and concept. Kvarforth's handling of the vocals on the "Mishandlet" track caught us completely by surprise. It's a very different song for us, more along the lines of a Black Metal "ballad", and his whole approach to it, and his delivery, is amazing. The track deals with abuse, and he conjures up a terrifying atmosphere of pain and suffering".
We are pleased to announce that with immediate effect Germany's Blast Corpse Promotions will handle all live bookings for the European region. We feel confident that we can now leave all this side of things in the capable hands of Blast Corpse Promotions's Mike Heinemann, and very much look forward to working with him.
Anyone wanting to book Shining should contact Mike directly mike bcp-agency com. Any requests regarding European bookings that come to the band page or to Patricia's page, will be passed onto Mike, therefore please feel free to bypass us so that your enquiry can be dealt with more quickly.
A short headlining tour in March has already been booked, dates as follows:
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have dropped off the upcoming "Evangelia Amerika" tour alongside Behemoth and Septicflesh, due to work visa issues. Lightning Swords Of Death, who had previously been added to three of the tour dates, will now be taking Shining's place for the duration of the tour.
Lightning Swords Of Death vocalist, Autarch, comments on the Behemoth dates: "Regarding our dates with Behemoth, attendees can expect to find themselves victim to the horror of true and agonizing ritual abuse. All of the bands on this lineup exemplify the epitome of their collective genres' strengths and will be a dark and impressive sight to behold."
Lightning Swords Of Death's Metal Blade Records debut album will rear its head sometime during the spring of 2010. In anticipation of this album's release, the band will be touring the western and southern US during March of 2010 with Kreator, Kataklysm, Evile and Lazarus A.D..
"Swedish Extreme Metallers Shining have completed work on their seventh album and have today revealed details and cover art. Scheduled for release on Indie Recordings in March/April 2010, the 6-track album will have the title "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" (Born Loser). Track listing as follows:
1. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
2. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
3. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
4. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
5. I Nattens Timma
According to founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth (also of Skitliv), with "Född Förlorare" Shining will "take a deep dive into the darkest of all musical genres you could imagine". Making guest appearances on the album are Erik Danielsson (Watain), Peter Bjärgo (Arcana) and Nordman. (Cover art can be found here.)
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have been confirmed to support Satyricon on the upcoming European Tour. The 17-date tour, set to start on the 2nd December, also includes Negură Bunget and Dark Fortress.
Referring to the recent cancellation of Shining's European tour, front man Niklas Kvarforth said: "We are all too aware of the fact that a lot of fans were disappointed by the actions of the Metal Maniacs Agency, which forced us to cancel the tour, but hopefully the tour with Satyricon will go some way towards making up for it. We are also looking at a lot of possibilities for next year at the moment, so be prepared for Shining and 2010".
Dates so far confirmed for the Satyricon + Shining + Negură Bunget + Dark Fortress tour as follows:
Shining has inked a deal with Norwegian label Indie Recordings, that includes the release of two full-length albums, and the release of the first ever official DVD from the band.
Commenting on the new signing Shining's front man and creator Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson, said "Shining has reached a stage now where we have a considerable following, that is growing rapidly all the time, and I believe we have reached a new maturity with our music, expanding beyond what people expect from us, and we expect to go even further. It was, therefore, time to notch things up in respect of labels. We liked what Indie have been doing for their other bands, and we felt that Shining would be comfortable in a relationship with them".
"Swedish black metallers SHINING are streaming two new songs — "Vilseledda Barnasjälars Hemvist" and "Plågoande O'Helga Plågoande" — on their MySpace page. The tracks are taken from the band's sixth studio album, "VI / Klagopsalmer", tentatively due before the end of the year via Indie Recordings. The CD was recorded at The Slaughterhouse studios with producer Rickard Bengtsson.
"VI / Klagopsalmer" track listing:
01. Vilseledda Barnasjälars Hemvist
02. Plågoande O'Helga Plågoande
03. Krossade Drömmar Och Brutna Löften
04. Fullständigt Jävla Död Inuti
"This time we have a rather unusual "new signing" announcement. You know that Shining's Kvarforth is rather a moving soul in constant angst. Besides his official band and official (too many to mention) guestings and projects, he now has proven himself with quite of an effort: to "vocalise" a yet recorded instrumental "album". We are talking here about Norwegian psycho-doom monster Hjarnidaudi (MySpace), who released his début album in 2006 entitled "Pain:Noise:March", originally released on Paradigms Recordings."
Avantgarde Music mentioned this could be the first episode of a "Niklas Kvarforth presents:" serie, in which "our beloved chanteur re-interpreting and paying hommage to some key-albums of his existence". Together with the release of the album we will spread a real statement, written by Niklas himself, where you will understand more about the real spirit behind this release.
Swedish Suicidal/Manipulative Black Metal throne-dwellers Shining made the following entry on their MySpace Blog:
"Due to Jarle Bybergs current situation we have decided that we cannot go ahead with merely him in our ranks. This has nothing to do with him leaving Urgehal last week or anything like that, but he simply hasn't got time enough to tour as much as we do, nor spending month after month in the studio. Therefore, we have now decided to let Schill who accompanied us on the 'Thank God For Niklas Kvarforth' tour last year become a permanent member of Shining.
Welcome my little precious... / Kvarforth, on behalf of Shining."
Shining's sixth studio album will be entitled "Tillbaka På Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One) and is set for a late 2008 release through Osmose Productions.
Shining posted the following news item on their MySpace:
"Shining are once again entering The Slaughterhouse on the 28th of April to start recording their 6th studio album. Rickard Bengtsson will once again produce now when his and Kvarforth's differences have been laid aside for professional reasons.
In other news, no bass-player have yet been found to fill the spot after Phil A. Cirone."
However, a short amount of time later they placed another news item saying:
"King Taking Over Phil's Bass Duties.
As we have not yet found any suitable replacement for Phil A. Cirone and the date of recording draws near we have decided to let T.C. King (Gorgoroth) take care of the bass duties on the coming album."