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Ester Segarra

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
Inkbloodandspirit.com
Fightbloodandspirit.com
Musicbloodandspirit.com

 

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Sweden’s  VANHELGA have today revealed a video of the track “Utan Mening” from their latest album “Ode & Elegy”.    Directed by J. Ejnarsson,  the video features  A. Rohtsalu in the role of a depressed young woman who is slipping further and further into darkness and despair,  from which she is unable to escape.  It is streaming on a number of webzines and can be seen at any of the sites below:

Friedhof Magazine
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/vanhelga-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-video-utan-mening

Metalhead.it
http://www.metalhead.it/?p=88745

Ultraje
http://ultraje.pt/vanhelga-utan-mening/

Andafari
https://andfari.com/2016/11/08/frumsyning-vanhelga-utan-mening/

KaaosZine
http://kaaoszine.fi/vailla-tarkoitusta-vanhelgan-uusi-musiikkivideo-kaaoszinen-ensinaytossa

Shoot Me Again
http://www.shootmeagain.com/videos/14575_vanhelga_utanmening

Terra  Relicta
http://terrarelicta.com/index.php/featured/exclusives/6700-vanhelga-exclusive-premiere-of-first-ever-music-video

Global Metal Apocalypse
http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-news

Ave Noctum (with review)
http://www.avenoctum.com/2016/10/vanhelga-ode-and-elegy-sr/

Nordic Metal
http://nordicmetalmusic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/swedish-band-vanhelga-presents-their.html

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Sweden’s VANHELGA, whose music falls between Black Metal and DSBM, and who use deceptively melodic pieces to create disturbing scenarios,  describe “Ode & Elegy” as being an album in two parts:   ” Ode” or “Old Diary Entries” is about the deteriorating mental state of a young woman, slipping further and further into depression and darkness. Her recorded voice is intertwined with the music.  “Elegy” is the continuation.  It’s about looking back and reflecting on those dark situations in life: the hopelessness, drugs, abuse, depression and death.  In summary, to understand and accept that life is without meaning”.

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Artwork for “Ode & Elegy” is by Gedeminas Kiauné of Manum Diaboli Art and is out on Talheim Records.

Trackllisting as follows:

01. Utan Mening
02. Det Som Aldrig Fans
03. Förstörd
04. Du Finns Dȃr För Mig
05. Jag Återkommer
06. Abstinensens Dystra Tongång
07. Dödförklarad – Ånstad
08. Disharmoni
09. Status – Handlinsförlamad
10. Harmonisk Reflektion
11. Introspektion

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VANHELGA is currently lining up a series of shows in support of “Ode & Elegy”.  So far, the following have been scheduled.

2016
25 Nov:  November’s Doom Festival, Live & Loud, Sofia, Bulgaria
02 Dec:  St Petersburg, Russia (with Psychonaut 4)
03 Dec:  Moscow, Russia (with Psychonaut 4)
04 Dec: Minsk, Belarus (with Psychonaut 4)
2017
06 Jan:  United We Stand Festival, Graz, Austria
07 Jan: Verona Nera Atto X, San Giovanni Lupatoto, Italy

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vanhelgaofficial
Bandcamp:   http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/ucsk8dy_sxnodilbohh9xmng
Store:  http://vanhelga.bigcartel.com/
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vanhelga
Myspace:  https://myspace.com/vanhelga218
Band Contact & Booking:  145188@gmail.com or patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Talheim Records: https://webstore.talheim-records.at

Vanhelga PRB

With VANHELGA’s fourth full-length album “Ode & Elegy” which hit the streets on the 1st October on Talheim Records, the entire album is streaming exclusively on No Clean Singing ahead of its release date and can be heard at http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/09/30/an-ncs-album-premiere-vanhelga-ode-elegy/#more-114921 

The  cross-panel digipak edition of the eleven-track album is limited to 1,000 copies, and is available to order from https://webstore.talheim-records.at/en/talheim-records/sound-carrier/cds/vanhelga-ode-und-elegy and from  VANHELGA’s Bandcamp page at http://vanhelga.bandcamp.com , whilst the digital version will be available at http://vanhelga.bandcamp.com from the 1st October.

Artwork for “Ode & Elegy” is by Gedeminas Kiauné of Manum Diaboli Art.  Tracklisting as follows:

01.  Utan Mening
02. Det Som Aldrig Fans
03. Förstörd
04. Du Finns Dȃr För Mig
05. Jag Återkommer
06. Abstinensens Dystra Tongång
07. Dödförklarad – Ånstad
08. Disharmoni
09. Status – Handlinsförlamad
10. Harmonisk Reflektion
11. Introspektion

Vanhelga Ode PR

VANHELGA, whose music falls between Black Metal and DSBM, and who use deceptively melodic pieces to create disturbing scenarios, describe the new album thus:

” Ode” or “Old Diary Entries” is about the deteriorating mental state of a young woman, slipping further and further into depression and darkness. Her recorded voice is intertwined with the music.

“Elegy” is the continuation. It’s about looking back and reflecting on those dark situations in life: the hopelessness, drugs, abuse, depression and death.  In summary, to understand and accept that life is without meaning”.

A video for one of the tracks from the album is currently in the works.  More information will be announced shortly.

VANHELGA is currently lining up a series of shows in support of “Ode & Elegy”.  So far, the following have been scheduled.

2016
25 Nov:  November’s Doom Festival, Live & Loud, Sofia, Bulgaria
02 Dec:  St Petersburg, Russia (with Psychonaut 4)
03 Dec:  Moscow, Russia (with Psychonaut 4)
04 Dec: Minsk, Belarus (with Psychonaut 4)
2017
07 Jan: Verona Nera Atto X, San Giovanni Lupatoto, Italy

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

The official video for the track ” Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig “, from VANHELGA’s 2014 full-length album  ” Längtan “,  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/N1fiCNTUi3I


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vanhelgaofficial
Bandcamp:   http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/ucsk8dy_sxnodilbohh9xmng
Store:  http://vanhelga.bigcartel.com/
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vanhelga
Myspace:  https://myspace.com/vanhelga218
Band Contact & Booking:  145188@gmail.com or patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Talheim Records: https://webstore.talheim-records.at

Ester Segarra

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

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

 

Terrorizer Magazine is exclusively streaming the whole of “Längtan”, the third full-length album from Sweden’s Depressive Black Metallers VANHELGA ahead of its release date. “Längtan” can be heard, in its entirety, at http://www.terrorizer.com/news/streams/stream-vanhelgas-new-album-langtan-exclusively-terrorizer

Formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001 by musicians looking for an outlet for their own expression and creativity rather than having to perform other people’s music, VANHELGA’s distinctive, and at times unsettling, sound  straddles the divide between the Black Metal and DSBM genres.  Today’s lineup includes founder J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (former live session musician for LIFELOVER and ex-SKOGSTRON) on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, J. Gabrielson (ESKAPI, ex-LIFELOVER) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (TAKETH) and Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums.

Set for release in both CD and vinyl formats, the digi pack version of “Längtan”  will hit the streets through the German label Art of Propaganda on the 28th April, while the LP version will appear on Sweden’s Carnal Records on a date to be announced shortly.  The title itself means “Longing”, and is an exploration of the concept that death is not the end of existence, but rather the beginning of true freedom, without all the restraints placed on us by society.  Death, therefore is to be “longed for” rather than feared.  Artwork for the twelve-track album, which is available to pre-order at http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/shop/index.php, is by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano.  Track listing for “Längtan” as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm

VANHELGA  recently release a  video for the track “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig”, which depicts, through disturbing images,  the  story of a man who wakes up in a confused state and with the dawning realization that he may have  tortured and killed his best friend.  The video for “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig” can be seen below and on VANHELGA’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/N1fiCNTUi3I

 

Additionally, the band also released a digital single taken from  the track “Längtan” .  The single, “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig”, which  means “Where Eternity Awaits Me”, can be found on VANHELGA’s own BandCamp page at  http://vanhelga.bandcamp.com/album/d-r-evigheten-inv-ntar-mig

VANHELGA are set to play a series of dates in their native Sweden in May along with HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY and KALL.  Routing as follows:

21 May:   Club Medusa, Stockholm
22 May:   L’Orient,  Linköping
23 May:  Göta Hof, Gothenburg
24 May:  Kulturhuset, Norrköping

Whilst in October they will once again team up with HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY for some shows in Germany alongside AGRYPNIE.  Routing as follows:

22 Oct:  Steinbruch Theater, Darmstadt
24 Oct:  From Hell, Erfurt
25 Oct:  K17, Berlin
26 Oct:  Bambi Galore, Hamburg

More information about VANHELGA can be found at http://www.vanhelga.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Website: http://www.vanhelga.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/officialvanhelga
Bandcamp:   http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/ucsk8dy_sxnodilbohh9xmng
Store:  http://vanhelga.bigcartel.com/
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vanhelga
Myspace:  https://myspace.com/vanhelga218
Band Contact & Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com or 145188@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Art  of Propaganda: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/
Info and Promo:  info@art-of-propaganda.de