Not to be confused with the gruesome Swedish black-metal band or the short-lived assembly of former Verve members who also lay claim to the name Shining, this experimental Jazz/Metal collective released one of the most acclaimed Norwegian albums of last year; Grindstone. Having gradually moved away from their metal roots to incorporate more progressive elements Shining’s fourth album found them increasingly indulging classical and free-jazz experimentation, and it is all the better for it. Crunching, screeching guitars are overlaid with a tin-whistling flute; heavy tracks reference Mozart. It could be incredibly silly, but it isn’t one bit. It’s exhilarating, inspiring, intelligent and breathless.
Shining have won at the prestigious Alarmprisen awards two years running (nominated as a jazz act), Norwegian daily Dagbladet upheld Grindstone as the best Norwegian album of 2007, and, rather absurdly, they have even been nominated as the possible receivers of a 100,000 euro grant from Norwegian Energy giants StatoilHydro. Not bad for a rock band with flutes in!
The opening song off Shining’s 2007 album Grindstone, ‘In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster’ (kudos for anyone pinpointing the literary reference) is the heaviest on the album, and a beast of a track. Here they are at last years Øya festival in Oslo, although the crowd look like they’ve been computer generated for The Sims or something… For a further taste the band will be at Norway’s Quart Festival and the Molde Jazz Festival this summer.
‘In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster’