Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shining - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends

Shining have always been one of the most fascinating bands in black metal to me because the genius behind the project, Niklas Kvaforth is truly suffering. Rather than the artsy-fartsy bullshit that dominates so much of the genre Shining are truly - and wondrously evil. The sense of sublime darkness that dominates these songs is shocking, even downtempo acoustic oriented tracks like Framtidsutsiker share this reek of putrefaction proving the demented glory of this band is doomed to shine on.

On IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends we see a lot more acoustics being used to craft delicate soundscapes that are atriumphantly torn apart by elegantly dispersed moments of black metal slaughter. Yet perhaps most chilling are the all-too-human screams that top almost pop derived guitar parts on songs like Inga Broar Kvar Att Branna. The raw terror of this music makes it far artsier than any of Kvaforth's peers, this is the struggle that only the truly tortured must face, and you have to admire Kvarforth's courage in coming forth to share it with the world.

These are songs that take a few spins to really get in too, in large part because they are terrifying to truly contemplate. The sense of trauma that permeates them is oftentimes overwhelming. Shining are masters of their craft and Niklas Kvarforth has truly outdone himself this time. Come and dig in to the atavistic might of a musician who is perhaps the most trve of his generation. IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends is a frightening reality check, but perhaps that is what makes it essential listening.

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