May 10

Shining – One One One (2013)



Blackjazzers Shining are back to form once again back with their newest offering One One One. Hailing from Norway Shining (not to be confused with the Depressive Black Metal unit also by the same name from Sweden) originally started out as an acoustic jazz band they have since progressed forward into more experimentation and extreme music. With One One One Shining has fleshed out their sound making it a bit more straight forward while still retaining their raw chaotic nature.

One One One begins with I Won’t Forget, really a culmination of what Shining is with it’s crazy drumming and heavy use of electronics. Listeners will notice however that One One One is a little bit different for one thing Jorgen Munkeby has taken the role of the vocalist a bit more. In their past album Blackjazz, Shining took more of an instrumental angle as Jorgen wanted to focus on guitar and saxophone. In One One One because the songs are on the short end Shining can not really experiment as they did in Blackjazz therefore what we have is a very lean album, trimmed of all the fat and the experimentation is much more focused. Vocalist Jorgen also besides being more prominent in the album we also see more use of his clean vocals mixed in with his shout and one will notice the almost Trent Reznor quality to his voice. In fact Shining themselves on One One One have an almost Nine Inch Nails quality with their heavy use of industrial sounds. Song like The One Inside you can hear the influence of NIN with its almost dance beat groove mixed in with heavy distorted guitars. Metal bands these days and especially in the more progressive circles have taken note of the power of the saxophone and Shining takes note of that. The song How Your Story Ends for instance beings with an impressive sax solo from Jorgen. The rhythm section in Shining has to be noted for how impressive they are in playing their instruments. With all the craziness in Shining it is ultimately bassist Tor Egil Kreken and drummer Torstein Lofthus that keep the structure intact all while keyboardist Bernt Moen adds all the crazy industrial sounds and guitarist Hakon Sagan and Jorgen Munkeby round out the band.

   One One One is Shining’s most consistent album being a bit more focused then its predecessor Blackjazz. However that is not to say that Shining is not without its chaotic nature as in One One One there is plenty of that just in more shorter bursts. Fans of their album Blackjazz would definitely want to pick up One One One.



01. I Won’t Forget
02. The One Inside
03. My Dying Drive
04. Off the Hook
05. Blackjazz Rebels
06. How Your Story Ends
07. The Hurting Game
08. Walk Away
09. Paint the Sky Black

Genre: Experimetal Metal/Blackjazz

Label: Prosthetic Records

Playing Time: 36 minutes


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