Niklas Kvarforth, founder of the controversial Swedish metal band SHINING, is featured as the focal point of a new documentary produced by Art House Films. Titled “Cold Void”, the documentary is a personal portrait of Kvarforth, the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia. The documentary was filmed by Art House documentary producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film.
“Cold Void” is set for release in the fall. “Cold Void” will also be available world-wide in DVD format directly from Artax Film and SHINING themselves, as well as via VOD. A video teaser for “Cold Void” can be seen here. More information about Artax Film can be found here.
Marino states that “Cold Void” is a film for anyone interested in life stories, and was not made with the intention of pandering to SHINING’s fans. It is very much a personal journey, bringing a much-needed clarity and lack of sensationalism to the subject of Niklas Kvarforth.
He also comments: “I’ve known about Niklas and his music for a long time. His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person. I did some research and we got in contact. I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We got along from the start and he proved to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest, and never left any of my questions unanswered”.
Marino is known for his documentary “Blood and Spirit”, a trilogy about three different artists who live for their art, and who include a Tattoo Artist, an MMA fighter, and a Satanist, in the form of Erik Danielsson from WATAIN, a well known figure in the world of Black Metal. It is therefore understandable why he has chosen Kvarforth as his next subject
SHINING and Canadian chaos extremists REVENGE are set to embark on their North American tour this week. The “No More Safe Space” tour begins tomorrow night in Baltimore and runs until May 24, with new dates in Quebec, Idaho, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
The “No Safe Space Tour” will be SHINING’s first North American headlining tour and also REVENGE’s first tour since their appearance on 2015’s epic ‘Black Metal Warfare’ tour.
SHINING is one of Sweden’s leading black metal bands, and founder/vocalist Niklas Kvarforth continues to be one of heavy metal’s most notorious Agent Provocateurs. Kvarforth incites as much consternation among the “true” as he does fanaticism among the soon-to-be soiled minds of his growing legions of devotees. His antics, opinions, and sometimes mere presence is accompanied by the gnashing teeth and wailing, tone-deaf opinions of the self-proclaimed genre “elite”.
Formed in 2000 by J. Read, REVENGE is universally regarded as one of the most brutal and barbaric bands in the black metal underground. A savage live force, REVENGE has built a die-hard world-wide following among the most extreme factions of of the Black and Death metal scenes.
SHINING are touring in support of ‘IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends’. An epic, unmissable beast of an album, ‘IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends’ delivers nothing less than a lethal dose of perception-shattering madness from one of black metal’s most polarizing bands. Stream the album here.
REVENGE will set the USA ablaze touring in support of their newest album, ‘Behold.Total.Rejection’ ‘Behold.Total.Rejection’ is arguably the most fervent release and a manifesto of rejection – rejection of the groundswell of mediocrity within the scene, rejection of compromise as a means of embracing of a wider audience, rejection of the dogma and strictures of religion and the trappings of the feeble social slave. ‘Behold.Total.Rejection’ is a torrential barrage of relentless animosity. No scene. No brotherhood. No remorse.
The album is streaming in full here.
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SHINING and REVENGE tour dates
May 05 Baltimore, MD @ Sparta Inn (tickets)
May 06 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar (tickets)
May 07 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar (tickets)
May 08 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount (tickets)
May 09 Toronto, ON @ Garrison (tickets)
May 10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s (tcikets)
May 11 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (tickets)
May 12 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room (tickets)
May 14 Boise, ID @ The Shredder (tickets)
May 15 Vancouver, BC @ Red Room * (tickets)
May 16 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven (tickets)
May 17 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge (tickets)
May 18 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House (tickets)
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline (tickets)
May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex (tickets)
May 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto (tickets)
May 23 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall (tickets)
May 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club (tickets)