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Sweden’s SHINING have finished recording their tenth studio album, ‘X – Varg Utan Flock’ (“Wolf Without a Pack”), which will be released on Season of Mist.

SHINING’s founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth commented:

“It has been an ordeal of gigantic proportions, but I am pleased to announce that the recording of our tenth album have now come to an end, and I am currently working on the final visual details before this aural nightmare can be sent off to our label and fuck up your lives.

‘X – Varg Utan Flock’ is the direct follow up to our fifth album, but, as usual it does contain a few unexpected twists and turns that will send cold shivers down your spines. It was an honour to serve for two decades as the grand puppet-master and bringer of chaos.

Let there be Blood!”

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More  information about SHINING website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

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SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items not available elsewhere, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

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


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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
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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NIKLAS KVARFORTH, the founder and frontman of Sweden’s SHINING, has never hidden the fact that he has suffered from severe mental problems all his life, something that has impacted his private and public life, both positively and negatively.   His is a struggle with mental illness that affects many individuals on a day to day basis, and it is this that attracted the interest of Art House documentary producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film.

This interest has resulted in a short documentary about mental illness as seen through the eyes of Niklas Kvarforth.  Titled “Cold Void”,  the documentary  is a personal portrait of the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia.  Headlines that have sometimes been true, and sometimes the result of the media’s desire for sensationalism over truth.  And sometimes even the result of detractors who have, often intentionally,  misunderstood SHINING’s ethos and that of its volatile creator.

Marino is quick to point out that “Cold Void” is a film for anyone interested in life stories, and was not made with the intention of pandering to SHINING’s fans.  It is, rather,  very much a personal journey, bringing a much-needed clarity and lack of sensationalism to the subject of Niklas Kvarforth.

Working in the fields of music video and graphic design, Marino is known for his documentary “Blood and Spirit”,  a trilogy about three different artists who live for their art, and who include a Tattoo Artist, an MMA fighter, and a Satanist, in the form of E from WATAIN, a well known figure in the worLd of Black Metal.  It is therefore understandable why he should have chosen Kvarforth as his next subject:

“I’ve known about Niklas and his music for a long time”, commented Marino. ” His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person.  I did some research and we got in contact.  I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We  got along from the start and he proved  to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest,  and never left  any of my questions unanswered”.

“Cold Void” is set for release in the autumn of 2017 in Swedish with English sub-titles, and with music by TREHA SEKTORI. It will be available world-wide in DVD format directly from Artax Film and Shining themselves, as well as via VOD.

A video teaser for “Cold Void” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/2t8aJhdALFE 


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More information about Artax Film can be found at http://www.artaxfilm.com.  Anyone interested in endorsement or sponsorship opportunities related to “Cold Void”, or would like to work on translations into other languages,  please contact info@artaxfilm.com

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SHINING will head to North America for a headlining 18-date tour starting on the 5th May, supported by REVENGE and WOLVHAMMER.  Routing as follows:

May 05: Sparta Inn,  Baltimore, MD
May 06: Championship Bar, Trenton, NJ
May 07: L’Anti Bar & Spectacles,  Quebec City, QC
May 08: Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC
May 09: The Garrison,  Toronto, ON
May 10: Harpos Detroit, MI
May 11:  Reggies, Chicago, IL
May 12: The Riot Room,  Kansas City, MI
May 14: The Shredder,  Boise, ID
May 15: The Red Room Ultra Bar, Vancouver (without Revenge)
May 16: Studio Seven,  Seattle, WA
May 17: Tonic Lounge,  Portland, OR
May 18: Oakland Metro Opera House,  Oakland, CA
May 19: Adrenaline Sports Bar and Grill,  Las Vegas, NV
May 20: Complex,  Los Angeles, CA
May 21: Joe’s Grotto,  Phoenix, AZ
May 23: Grizzly Hall,  Austin, TX
May 24: The Rail Club, Fort Worth, TX

More  information about SHINING website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items not available elsewhere, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

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


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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
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com
Artax Film
http://www.artaxfilm.com
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The final routing for the joint SHINING/TAAKE European tour set to take place this winter has been confirmed, with four additional dates being added.  The tour is part of a series of live appearances to mark the  20th Anniversary of NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING.  Joining  these two titans of the stage on the tour will be TAAKE’s Dark Essence Records label-mates SLEGEST.

Routing as follows:

02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec:  Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

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The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanded and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most dynamic live performers today.

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Whilst the name SLEGEST is perhaps not as familiar to fans as SHINING and TAAKE, the band has been earning rave reviews both for their studio output and for their live performances, earning them an ever-increasing fan base.  In the wake of his departure from VREID, where he played guitar on four of the iconic band’s albums, Ese formed SLEGEST in 2010, and the band has since then perfected a special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal that is both dark and sinister, whilst being propelled along by a down and dirty groove that is immediate and catchy.  The band’s second full-length album will be released in November on Dark Essence Records.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.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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More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial and on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

The official video of TAAKE’s  performance at 2016’s Hellfest can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/pQgOjt6H-Mk


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More information about SLEGEST can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ and on the band’s website at http://www.slegest.no/
The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, the  opening track from the album “Løyndom”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CHdUCDbyB5g


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
SHINING
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: luc@rtn-touring.com
TAAKE
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp:  http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com
SLEGEST
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Bandcamp: https://slegest.bandcamp.com
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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As part of a series of live appearances to mark the band’s 20th Anniversary, NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING will hit the road in December along with Norwegian Black Metal titans TAAKE.

Full details of the tour are not yet available, but confirmed routing so far is as follows:

02 Dec:  TBA, Berlin, DE
03 Dec:  Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec:  Underworld, London, UK
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec,  Backstage, Munich, DE

More dates will be announced shortly.

The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanding and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most exciting and dynamic live performers today.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial and on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SHINING
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: luc@rtn-touring.com

TAAKE
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp: http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no

 

 

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In a statement issued today,  SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth confirmed that the band had reached an agreement with former label, Spinefarm Records, that would see the label re-releasing three of SHINING’s recordings, which, according to Kvarforth, “have all been unavailable for a few years due to several “inconvenient” matters”.

The frontman went on to say: “SHINING’s seventh full-length album “VII / Född Förlorare” and the “Lots Of Girls Gonna Get Hurt” EP will both appear in CD and Limited Edition vinyl formats, with the vinyl formats having one additional track each.

“But the best news of all is that “Redefining Darkness” will once again be available to those who missed out on its short-lived presence on the record market.  The album will be available in both deluxe DIGIPAK and VINYL editions”.

The deluxe digipak edition of “Redefining Darkness”, and the vinyl editions of all three of the re-releases, have been re-mastered by Andy La Rocque at the Sonic Train Studios, and are now available to pre-order, along with new merchandise and bundles from  www.shininglegions.com

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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 not available elsewhere, 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

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


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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
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com

 

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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