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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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On Friday the 13th of May, the Vulkan Arena in Oslo, Norway,  will host a very special memorial concert, entitled DEATH IS COMPLETE.  This night will honour the work and life of the late URGEHAL frontman TRONDR NEFAS and his departure from this life on the 13th of May 2012.

The concert will feature the unholy trinity of TRONDR NEFAS’ bands, URGEHAL, BEASTCRAFT and ENDEZZMA, who will share the stage for the first, and last, time.

The guest vocalists who will be performing with URGEHAL on this night will be none other than:

HOEST from TAAKE
NAG from TSJUDER
NATTEFROST from CARPATHIAN FOREST
NIKLAS KVARFORTH from SHINING
SORATH from BEASTCRAFT
MANNEVOND from KOLDBRANN
M SHAX from ENDEZZMA

Be a part of this historical ritual in the name of darkness and total death!  For THIS IS SATANIC BLACK METAL!

Tickets are available from : http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/475329

More info on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/901311689951326/

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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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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