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Shining - Fiende ('X - Varg Utan Flock)

Shining - Fiende ('X - Varg Utan Flock) The 10" vinyl single 'Fiende', slated for release on the 24th of November is the first excerpt from the forthcoming SHINING album 'X - Varg Utan Flock', which will be released on January 5th 2018. The A-side features the album track "Jag Är Din Fiende", which translates as "I Am Your Enemy" and delivers a raw and brutal sound contrasting with a surprisingly progressive guitar solo. The B-side contains a largely acoustic cover version of "No Rest For The Wicked", originally from Swedish rockabilly act THE COFFINSHAKERS.

Niklas Kvarforth is not the first artist struggling with mental illness and related issues. The erratic Swede is also not the first musician, whose inner demons are part of his creative genius. Yet in the world of metal, his band SHINING remains as a unique and outstanding act in terms of talent and musical excellence.

Founded in 1996 by Kvarforth, SHINING self-released 'Submit to Self-Destruction' in 1998 and spawned the term "suicidal black metal" with this debut 7". A couple years after first full-length, 'I - Within Deep Dark Chambers' (2000) and sophomore album, 'II - Livets Ändhållplats' (2001) had cut deep marks into the underground scene, Niklas replaced his whole crew, which started a continuous cycle of line-up changes. With MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer on board, 'III - Angst' (2003) and 'IV - The Eerie Cold' (2005) began to gather major press attention. Art the ame time, SHINING focused on bringing their vision and often controversially received live performances to Europe. Yet Kvarforth's mental health led to cancellations, physical and psychological fights within the band, and finally a break-up. Not content to let things rest after his breakdown, the restless singer returned with new members and the acclaimed masterpiece, 'V – Halmstad' (2007). SHINING had reached headliner status and toured with other great acts such as SATYRICON and MAYHEM. Several line-up changes later, the Swede once again entered studio and recorded two albums in one session. 'VI – Klagopsalmer' was released in 2009 and two years later 'VII - Född Förlorare' appeared. The band also received their first gold disc for the single 'Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel' in Sweden. After rotating more musicians in and out, SHINING returned with ‘Redefining Darkness’ (2012) and a less aggressive, yet more sinister sound. Before signing to Season of Mist, the band released the project '8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd', which featured six of Kvarforth's favourite vocalists. In August 2014, SHINING entered Andy LaRocque's Sonic Train Studios to record their ninth album. 'IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends' as the sum of Niklas Kvarforth's musical evolution and experience. More line-up changes and breakdowns followed. Now the Swedes are preparing to release 'X - Varg Utan Flock' in 2018.

Track-list
1. Jag Är Din Fiende (7:05)
2. No Rest For The Wicked (3:37) - The Coffinshakers cover version

Recording line-up
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar
Euge Valovirta: guitar
Jarle Byberg: drums

Guest musicians
Andy La Rocque: guitar solo on "Jag Är Din Fiende"

Current line-up
Niklas Kvarforth: vocals
Marcus Hammarström: bass
Peter Huss: guitar

Available formats
Ltd. 10" black & coloured vinyl with textured cardboard sleeve (666 copies)

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