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With their second full-length album appearing in various “Best Of 2015 Releases” lists, and work beginning on a follow up, Sweden’s self-styled “Alfapokalyptic” rockers ALFAHANNE will be joined on stage by special guests during a couple of the band’s upcoming shows.  OFERMOD’s R. Fjäll will appear with ALFAHANNE during their show at Copperfield’s in Stockholm on the 6th of February, and once  again when the band plays on  the Close-Up Båten Cruise which sets sail from Stockholm on the 10th of March.  Also joining them on stage during the cruise will be KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik.

ALFAHANNE  are definitely no strangers to appearing either on stage or in the studio, and frequently both,  with special guests  who have included some iconic names in Extreme Metal, including TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, HELHEIM’s V’gandr, HORNA’s Spellgoth, SORHIN’s Nattfursth, and KVELERTAK’s Erlend Hjelvik.  It is a testament to the band’s musical appeal that they have been able to tempt artists such as these to collaborate with them, whilst frontman Pehr Skjoldhammer has, in turn, guested  on the latest album from HELHEIM and has frequently worked with SHINING and Niklas Kvarforth.

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With their first two albums released on Dark Essence Records and a couple of decades of experience in bands such as VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT,  ALFAHANNE’s lineup is comprised of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass.  Their instantly recognisable brand of  high energy Black Metal,  which is liberally laced with Punk and Classic Rock, oozes swagger and attitude, and has proven to be a hit with fans and critics alike, whilst the infectious energy that permeates their stage shows consistently wins them plaudits and new fans from  across a wide-ranging musical spectrum.

Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

05 Feb, Heaven & Hell, Karlstad, Sweden (supporting Demonical)
06 Feb, With special guest R. Fjäll, Copperfields, Stockholm, Sweden (supporting Demonical)
12 Feb, Harry’s, Gävle, Sweden (supporting Demonical)
10 – 11 March, With special guests Erlend Hjelvik & R. Fjäll, Close-Up Båten Cruise
23 – 25 June,  Nummirock Festival, Lake Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland

More information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

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ALFAHANNE’s albums “Alfapokalyps” and “Blod Eld Alfa” can be heard on the Dark Essence Records/Alfahanne Bandcamp page at https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com/ whilst the track “Slutdestination Eskilstuna” featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth can be heard below.


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Fan-filmed video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora”  from their 2014 album “Alfapokalyps”,   live on stage with HELHEIM’s V’gandr  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/ZUZpioeW_Gk  or embedded using the following code:

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on BandCamp: https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com/
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no

 

 

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NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s “When Prozac No Longer Helps” is set to be published in French by the Camion Noir Publishing House on the 19th of January.  The French edition, titled “Quand Le Prozac  Ne Suffit Plus”,  contains the lyrics to SHINING’s songs and follows on the heels of the English and Turkish translations.   With a cover photo by Natasha Mediator of Haste Malaise Photography, “Quand Le Prozac  Ne Suffit Plus” is available from http://www.camionnoir.com/

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Having tired of the shambolic, and mostly completely inaccurate translations of his lyrics that can be found on the internet, Kvarforth translated the texts from the original Swedish into English and published the first edition of “When Prozac No Longer Helps”, which sold out virtually immediately and is now in its third edition.  The availability of the English translation of SHINING’s lyrics opened up the way for other publishers who showed an interest in translating the work into their own languages.

As always, though, Kvarforth has exacting standards when it comes to all things SHINING, and chooses his collaborators with care.  For the French Edition he chose to work with  long-time friend Nicolas Castelaux, who, in the ’90’s, earned notoriety as the “Vampire of Paris”.  Having served a twelve year sentence Casatelaux went on to establish Camion Noir, a publishing house that specialises in the Occult, Dark History and True Crime.   The two met up recently during the band’s recent French tour and Kvarforth agreed to the publication on the condition that Castelaux himself handled the translation.

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

The official video for the track “Vilja & Dröm“, from SHINING’s “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QO1JZ0qTSuE

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Eleven tracks from SHINING can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining  or embedded using the following code:

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Official Shining Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/1SYYASC
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com

Following the announcement by Sweden’s SHINING that going forward they would be eschewing the usual practice of dragging bands on lengthy tours through several countries  in favour of shorter tours on a country-by-country basis, the band have now completed booking European dates for the rest of this year and are able to announce their full “touring” schedule between September and the end of 2015.

During this period SHINING will visit a total of nine countries in support of their critically acclaimed ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  A special double gatefold edition of the album, in black and white marble vinyl, strictly limited to 300 copies, will be available for sale exclusively on the tour.

Scheduled appearances as follows:

FRANCE
12 Sep:  Divan du Monde, Paris
13 Sep:  Bifurk, Grenoble
14 Sep:  Altherax,  Nice
16 Sep:  Péniche, Lille
17 Sep:  Laiterie,  Strasbourg
18 Sep:  Ferrailleur,  Nantes
19 Sep:  Metronum,  Toulouse

SWEDEN

25 Sep:  Mörkaste Småland,  Hultsfred
26 Sep:  Moriska Paviljongen,  Malmö

BENELUX

16 Oct:  Grenswerk,  Venlo, Netherlands
17 Oct:  Muziekodroom (box, ) Hasselt, Belgium
18 Oct:  Vorstin / Krachtstroom XL, Hilversum, Netherlands

ITALY

5 Nov: Traffic Live,  Rome
6 Nov: Circolo Colony,  Brescia
7 Nov: Alchemica Music Club,  Bologna

GERMANY

12 Nov: Backstage,  Munich
13 Nov: Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14 Nov: Turock,  Essen
15 Nov: Underground,  Cologne
17 Nov: Schlachthof,  Wiesbaden
18 Nov: Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov: Logo,  Hamburg

NORWAY

26 Nov: Garage,  Bergen
27 Nov: Pokalen,  Oslo

SPAIN

3 Dec:  Sala Rock City,  Almassera/Valencia
4 Dec:  Sala Garaje Beat Club,  Murcia
5 Dec:  Sala Caracol,  Madrid
6 Dec:  Sala Boveda,  Barcelona
7 Dec:  Stage Live,  Bilbao

RUSSIA

11 Dec:  Club Volta,  Moscow
12 Dec:  Club Phoenix,  St Petersburg


SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH previously explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable nightliner, with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com


The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Eleven tracks from SHINING can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE’s sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album.  The track, “Skallerormsgift”,  which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik on guest vocals and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/alfahanne-skallerormsgift-featuring-kvelertaks-erlend-hjelvik

Well known both on stage and in the studio for their brand of high energy Black Metal laced with Punk and Classic Rock, ALFAHANNE is a band that, since its inception in 2010, has managed to attract high profile musicians to guest with them not only on their releases but also live.  TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth all featured on the debut album “Alfapokalyps”, whilst on the new album, as well as Hjelvik,  Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT and Nattfursth from SORHIN add their distinctive styles and voices to the release.  Also making a return appearance is SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, with whom ALFAHANNE has a history of collaboration.

Mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at Bergen’s Earshot Studios, and with  artwork by Trine Grimm Lothe, “Blod Eld Alfa”  features ALFAHANNE’s trademark sound, a sound that  is full of the swagger and attitude that makes the band such a success both in the studio and on the stage.

Track listing for “Blod Eld Alfa” is as follows:

1. Alfa Kropp Alfa Blod (with Nattfursth)
2. Besatt
3. Skallerormsgift (with Erlend Hjelvik)
4. Vänd Inte Ryggen Till
5. Blodad Tand
6. Hora (Tills Du Dör) / Huora Kuolemaansa (with Spellgoth)
7. Arkeologen
8. Berserk
9. Slutdestination Eskilstuna (with Niklas Kvarforth)

With a lineup of musicians who have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT,  ALFAHANNE was formed in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 2010 and features Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass.

Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen,  Malmo, Sweden

More information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

Fan-filmed video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora”  from their 2014 album “Alfapokalypse”,   live on stage with HELHEIM’s V’gandr  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/ZUZpioeW_Gk

Several tracks from ALFAHANNE, including tracks featuring TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/alfahanne/sets/alfahanne

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no

Mexico, Sweden and Spain have been added to the list of countries that NIKLAS KVARVORTH’S SHINING will visit in support of the release of the band’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  An additional show  to the already-announced Netherlands date has also been added.  Having recently announced their decision to play a series of dates in individual countries, as opposed to one long tour, SHINING’s live schedule is as follows, with more countries to be announced at a later date:

MEXICO
13 Aug: Cafe Iguana, Monterrey, MX
14 Aug: Foro Alicia, Mexico city, MX

SWEDEN
26 Sep: Moriska Paviljongen, Malmö, SW

NETHERLANDS
16 Oct: Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
18 Oct: Vorstin / Krachtstroom XL, Hilversum, NL
BELGIUM
17 Oct:  Muziekodroom,Hasselt, BE
ITALY
05 Nov: Traffic Live, Rome
06 Nov: Circolo Colony, Brescia
07 Nov:  Alchemica Music Club, Bologna
GERMANY
12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14 Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg
SPAIN
3 Dec: Sala Rock City, Almassera/Valencia, ES
4 Dec: Sala Garaje Beat Club, Murcia, ES
5 Dec: Sala Caracol, Madrid, ES
6 Dec :Sala Boveda, Barcelona, ES
RUSSIA
11 Dec: Club Volta, Moscow
12 Dec: Club Phoenix, St Petersburg

SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

In addition to the series of individual SHINING will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Ten tracks from SHINING can be heard at below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

Sweden’s SHINING has added more countries to its 2015 touring schedule, with a return to Italy in November, and the band’s first ever visit to Russia in December.    With SHINING’s new touring policy of concentrating on dates in individual countries as opposed long treks through several countries at a time, and shows in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany already announced, the band’s confirmed dates in support of their ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” currently stands as follows:

NETHERLANDS
16 Oct: Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
BELGIUM
17 Oct:  Muziekodroom,Hasselt, BE
ITALY
05 Nov: Traffic Live, Rome
06 Nov: Circolo Colony, Brescia
07 Nov:  Alchemica Music Club, Bologna
GERMANY
12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg
RUSSIA
11 Dec: Club Volta, Moscow
12 Dec: Club Phoenix, St Petersburg

SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

In addition to the series of individual SHINING will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Eleven tracks from SHINING can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

In keeping with their new touring policy which involves the band playing a set of dates in individual countries rather than long tours through several countries at a time , Sweden’s SHINING have announced that they will be playing two shows in Benelux in October of this year.  The Benelux shows are as follows:

16 Oct, Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
17 Oct, Muziekodroom, Hasselt, BE

Earlier this week SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

As well as the series of individual tours in support of the release of the band’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” , which was released on Season of Mist on the 20th April, Shining will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

Also recently announced were the dates on the German leg of the band’s touring schedule:

12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg

More individual tours and live appearances are in the discussion phase and all confirmed dates can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

“Vilja & Dröm”, a track from SHINING’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/shining-official/shining-vilja-drom

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Ten tracks from SHINING can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com