Shining is one of the most recognizable bands in black metal. The reason for that is because of how distinct yet versatile this band remains. Their newest release IX Everyone, Everything, Everywhere Ends proves this. The symphonic atmosphere is the perfect background for the incongruity of composition, and this will help keep the listener intrigued. All Shining fans are going to be pleased with this album.
With a slow intro, the album slams right into aggression with Vilja & Dröm. From its Swedish origins, the title translates to “want and dream” in English. This song is grappling because it’s a combination of vigorous and lucid: the intro pounds right into annihilation, yet the verse is composed of sordid melodies. Toward the end of the song the intensity picks right back up; your head fills with nightmares as Niklas Kvarforth’s chaotic vocals cause insanity in the brain.
The next song Framtidsutsikter is much calmer. Kvarforth’s harmonious singing immediately affects the listener. This title is “outlook” translated in English. I think this song is more contemplative than anything; during those moments when you let your mind release, and pour out every bottled up thought and emotion like a wave crashing on shore. With the moderate drum tempo, symphonics and light riffing this song is perfect for these moments.
A new force arrives with the next song Människotankens Vägglösa Rum. There is so much progression in this track: calm melodies mixed with inhuman brutality and caught in a chokehold. So much is happening with this song; crunching riffs and swift melodies bite down on rough drumming. This deleterious activity then transcends to a serene environment with Kvarfoth’s singing re-emerging. Even with the calm horizon, the riffing still remains technical. Then suddenly a storm brews, trying to destroy everything in its wake. This song is so versatile to where the composition can hardly contain all of its power.
The last song off the album is Besök Från I(ho)nom. What I like about this song is it sums up the rest of the album. It doesn’t introduce new qualities, rather is a soft track but has enough energy to where it keeps the listener attentive. This leads the listener to the end of the album.
Shining takes a melancholy environment and turns it into chaos. This is the reason why all of their releases have been nothing but successful. IX Everyone, Everything, Everywhere Ends is another memento from this band. Shining can do no wrong.
1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
2. Vilja & Dröm
4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
6. Besök Från I(ho)nom
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Season of Mist
Playing Time: 40 Minutes
Niklas Kvarforth – Lead Vocals/Keyboard
Peter Huss – Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Christian Larsson – Bass
Rainer Tuomikanto – DrumsEuge Valovirta Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals