Shining, “One One One” live at by:Larm

Shining © Per Ole HagenOne of Norway’s best live bands in all styles, Shining, had a huge success with their last album “Blackjazz”. The album is their own mix between black metal and jazz, and is a hard, vital and extremely well played collection of good songs. April 8th they will release theis new album, “One One One”, and last night they played the whole album from track one to the end at Rockefeller during by:Larm in Oslo.

Update –  Shining won the Statoil grant of 1 million NOK (ap. $180.000) today at by:Larm. If you ask me, a well deserved win!

Shining © Per Ole HagenI became a fan of Shining when I heard them the first time some three-four years ago. The combination of great musicianship, a metal way of expressing themselves and many modern jazz influences makes it a potent mix. Their songs are also surprisingly catchy, and what I heard from their new songs yesterday night, makes me look forward to their new album.

Shining © Per Ole HagenTheir new songs sound more open, also even more catchy than the ones on “Blackjazz”. I must admit that this is a first impression, and I can’t really tell which songs are which. But as a whole I really liked what I heard. I feel Shining have evolved in a good direction, making their music more inviting for a wider audience than their die-hard fans.

Shining © Per Ole Hagen“One One One” will be released by Universal, and as far as I can remember, this is the second release of a Norwegian metal CD by one of the major labels. The first was Satyricon with “Volcano” that was released by EMI Norway.

Shining © Per Ole HagenShining is first of all the creation of front guy Jørgen Munkeby. But the explosive drumming of Torstein Lothus, Tor Egil Kreken’s bass, plus guitar man Håkon Sagen’s contributions make the total what it is. The musicians, specially Lofthus and Kreken, play in several other bands in different styles, and they are also in high demand for session work.

Shining © Per Ole HagenThe first single from “One One One”, I Won’t Forget, is digitally released, and is available on iTunes, Spotify and Wimp. The song has already been playlisted on NRK P3, and you can hear it here. 

I will get back to a review of the album when it is released, but in the meantime you can listen to the single, plus I will recommend listening to Blackjazz, or their live CD “Live Blackjazz” that was released in 2011.

Shining © Per Ole Hagen

Shining © Per Ole Hagen

All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.

4 thoughts on “Shining, “One One One” live at by:Larm

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  3. Hei Per Ole, S bra at de kommer med nytt album. Hvordan var materialet til den nye plata? Jeg gremmes forresten over at jeg ikke fr til reise til Austin i r. Regner med du skal over i r ogs? Shining var jo ogs en av de reste konsertene i fjor.

    Sindre

    El 16/02/2013, a las 07:42, “Artist Pictures Blog” <comment-reply@wordpress.com> escribi:

    Per Ole Hagen posted: “One of Norway’s best live bands in all styles, Shining, had a huge success with their last album “Blackjazz”. The album is their own mix between black metal and jazz, and is a hard, vital and extremely well played collection of good songs. April 8th they “

    • Hei Sindre. Kjempekonsert, og førsteinntrykket er at det nye albumet er om mulig enda bedre enn det forrige, noe pnere låter, friskere sound. Jeg gleder meg. Og, ja, jeg er i Austin i år også, dumt at du ikke får det til. Men det klarer du senere en gang 🙂

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