Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the ground-breaking, controversial Swedish metal band SHINING (Niklas Kvarforth – Vocals, Concept, Guitars, Rainer Tuomikanto – Drums, Christian Larsson – Bass, Euge Valovirta – Guitar, Peter Huss – Guitar). The band is currently writing their 9th studio album, to be released by Season of Mist in early 2015.
Regarding the signing, SHINING mastermind Niklas Kvarforth comments: “After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next SHINING album. We have also once again decided to work with Andy La Roque and record at his Sonic Train facilities (ASCENSION, HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES). The ceremony is set to begin in September, and thus my ninth child can be expected in early 2015.”
Founded in 1996, SHINING has since earned notoriety within the black metal underground as a result of the band’s innovative and ever-evolving sound, in addition to main-man Niklas Kvarforth’s frightening and abrasive stage persona. Characterized by Kvarforth’s philosophy on suicide, SHINING was originally conceived as a “suicidal black metal” band, inciting violence within their rabid fan-base through the band’s provocative lyrics and self-destructive imagery. Refusing to be bound by the confines of the genre, SHINING later expanded their unique approach to songwriting and themes, incorporating melodic death metal passages and dynamic vocals ranges. These new influences developed SHINING into new breed of extreme music players, whose musical prowess continues to tread new ground.
“If ever a death metal album could be beautiful, this is it; Shining (the Swedish version) are a far cry from melodeath or so-called melodoom, but they’ve found a way to make blackened death metal that’s haunting, sad, melancholy and woefully aching yet somehow still absolutely gorgeous. Shining are a perfect example of a fantastic European band that should be receiving all kinds of acclaim in the states” – Metalsucks
“No longer content with narrowisms of the genre they helped popularize, Kvarforth and his instrumentally adept backing band unfold song after song of beautifully despondent surprises. They draw from a diverse set of influences, and never do shining show hey;re out of their depth in plucking nuances from black metal, progressive rock and chart-topping Scandi-rpck, and making it unmistakably their own” – Decibel Magazine, “The top 100 Black Metal Albums of All Time”