For some extreme music bands you could say that, not only they push the limits of speed and power, they also open up new paths of expression. In recent years, the most prominent ones have included Norwegian icons Shining who have been building their eclectic image for more than a decade, first as avant-jazz and
For some extreme music bands you could say that, not only they push the limits of speed and power, they also open up new paths of expression. In recent years, the most prominent ones have included Norwegian icons Shining who have been building their eclectic image for more than a decade, first as avant-jazz and sharp, freely formed rock, later enriched with concise, blunt and explosive bombs of metal, acute noise, industrial and progressive rock.
Few bands have travelled such a long way across genres like Shining. Their mastermind, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and author of lyrics Jørgen Munkeby is a skilled player of saxophone and guitar, graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music. He began his path with Shining as a jazz quartet focusing on the later John Coltrane, which they disclosed in their first two albums ‘Where The Ragged People Go’ and ‘Sweet Shanghai Devil’ in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Soon they changed direction towards an art-rock-based approach, which resulted in albums ‘In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster’ (2005) and ‘Grindstone’ (2007). However, it was in 2010 that they revealed their true creative potential with the exceptional album ‘Blackjazz’. This ground-breaking release turned out to be both a newly established definition of the music genre, and a mixture genre combining progressive, technical metal, jazz, avant-garde and experimental sounds with the most advanced visuals and fiery, explosive stage performances. In Slovenia, Shining have already performed in what many labelled a (too-)short appearance as openers for the German band The Ocean on their Pelagial Tour. The gig occurred exactly when they released ‘One One One’, which helped properly enrage their newly carved Blackjazz universe.
This time the hardly-awaited mesmerizing collective is returning to Ljubljana with a full-length concert and with their new, seventh album ‘International Blackjazz Society’, which will be released on Spinefarm Records on 16 October. On European tour Australian prog/alt rock collective Caligula’s Horse and promissing Norwegian hardcore/rock quartet Jack Dalton will be joining Shining.
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Jørgen Munkeby – Sax, vocals, guitar
Håkon Sagen – Guitar
Tobias Ørnes Andersen – Drums
Eirik Tovsrud Knutsen – Keys
Ole Vistnes – Bass
Co-organised by Kino Šiška and KUD Channel Zero.