Swedish extreme metallers SHINING are in talks with Andy La Rocque (pictured on right) about recording their eighth album at the KING DIAMOND guitarist’s Sonic Train studios in Varberg, Sweden in January-February 2012.
Commented La Rocque: “I’m currently listening to their last album to see what we can develop on the next album. I think it’s important to preserve the style of the band but drag out 110 percent of all the bandmembers, and I will be present at some of their rehearsals and pre-production.”
SHINING recently, for the first time in the band’s 15-year history, released a video for a track from one of its albums. The clip was directed by Martin Strandberg and Niklas Kvarforth, produced by Martin Strandberg and created by Black Shadows Filmproductions and Hill Fifty and uses the track “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” from the group’s new album, “VII / Född Förlorare”. It has been released in both censored and uncensored versions given the graphic nature of some of the scenes, and can be seen below.
“We know we are going to get heavily criticized for some of the scenes,” commented SHINING frontman and founder Niklas Kvarforth, “but it’s nothing more than you will see as soon as you switch on a television or watch a move, or walk down a city street, come to that. But we’re SHINING and it’s always open season on SHINING when it comes to people who have neither understood, nor taken the time to try and understand, where the band is coming from.”