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Shining Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End
  • ASIN: B000QTCXCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars ...misery, darkness and depression...yay! 9 Jun 2007
By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Shining let me down. A bit like Glen Benton and his dead at 33 claim, if you're going to form a suicidal black metal band, then you'd better come up with some suicide. But, here we are, 11 years after the inception of what was a solo project by Niklas Kvarforth, and they're still on the go.

As with most Scandinavian black metal outfits, keeping a stable line up isn't really there thing and they've got through hunnerds including the ubiquitious Jan Axel Blomberg, better known to you and I as Hellhammer. Come 2004, Shining announced they were becoming inactive, which raised my hopes once again, but after "IV: The Eerie Cold" there was silence for a year or so. This album was recorded and then Niklas vanished with a band statement reading ""A couple of days ago, we received a letter from a person very close to Kvarforth telling us that Kvaforth had decided to leave this world behind and also introducing as a kind off last will, a new singer to replace him for future events of Shining". Hurrah! And so it was that February 3rd this year saw the first concert to feature new frontman Ghoul. Who turned out to be Niklas Kvarforth in a zombie suit. Boo!

All of which leaves me feeling cheated as I listen to this album. But damn them, if it isn't good. It's still pretty much the same as on "III - Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie" and "IV - The Eerie Cold", offering up depressive black metal with symphonic, soundtrack like interludes and touches, raw, blackened vocals and a crushing air of despondancy. Not forgetting 'Hamlet - the mild cigar from Benson & Hedges' or Bach's "Air on a G-string" to the more refined among you .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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By Oscar
Format:Audio CD
From the eerie excerpt of the poem Antigonish by Hughes Mearns at the opening of the first song on this album it is apparent that this music is going to leave an impression. The song soon progresses into a churning metal riff followed by a quiet section with the pained vocals of Niklas Kvarforth.

The formula is similar for almost every song on the album; there are loud sections intertwined with quiet sections with the intense, varied and extremely talented vocals of Kvarforth tying the song together. Depressive monologues occasionally cut in adding another layer of misery to the music which makes it all the more interesting to listen to.

There is debate as to whether Halmstad is better than The Eerie cold (Shining's fourth album). In my opinion Halmstad is probably the better of the two but if you liked The Eerie Cold you will love this album and vice versa.

This is certainly one of the best albums I've heard in a while and I couldn't recommend it more to anyone: be they a newcomer to Shining or someone who has enjoyed other Shining albums.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kills itself too quickly 25 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
When I listen to this album it is such a huge disapointment. The reason for this is the lack of sense in the arrangement of the albums strengths. Each song begins well with some of the riffs sounding absolutley awsome but then each time a momentum is started the songs quickly breakdown into gentle acoustic interludes with depressing samples (people crying etc) over the top which last for too long and then when things begin to stir again the song ends! I haven't heard anything else by this band but would be interested in other albums if I knew that they wern't thrown together like this because parts of it are so good. Love the riffs and the tortured vocals. There are some awesome guitar solo parts and black metal blast beat bits!
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5.0 out of 5 stars something different 13 Feb 2008
By D. A. Fortney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this Shining CD over the weekend and cannot stop playing it. It starts out quietly and progresses to a more aggressive sound with Opethian breakdowns. The singer sounds like Attlia Csihar (Mayhem, Aborym) at times very gutteral and making strange sounds with his voice. At other times he has a crooning voice and a yell that sounds very reminiscent of Nattefrost(Carpathian Forest). I swear at one point in this song he reminds me of an old American comic actor Bobcat Goldthwait.There are six songs on this CD, no filler. It plays out to a decent length. Songs two and three remind me a bit of Carpathian Forest, but this band has totally a sound of their own. Song four is a heavy metal song. The riff reminds me of Metallica's "One". There are guitar solos!The next song is Piano only and It is a classical piece (Beetovan?).This CD has elements of Ambient, Metal, Black Metal, Progressive Metal..... eveything. And it all gels together nicely. Highly recommended for fans of Agalloch, Carpathian Forest, Immortal, Opeth etc...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good 15 Jan 2010
By B. R. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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Very underated band, great songs, you do get used to the vocals but it did take a while for me. Nice acoustic breaks in between some crushing metal. Dont know anything about the lyrical content because I dont speak swedish but aparently they are dark. check out The Eerie Cold aswell. Recommended for fans of Agalloch, Opeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cannot stop listening to this thing. 15 April 2008
By Scott Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this album is one of the best i've bought in years. unusual song structures. perfect solos. lots of feeling in this thing.

vocals are pretty weird and take some getting used to. but give em a minute and they are perfect.

5 stars!
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails to deliver 29 July 2014
By alex dmyterko - Published on Amazon.com
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Found out about Shining by documentary-Black Metal Satanica. The singers interview of his view of everything is unique. This cd is a refreshing revival from the rehashed styles of the genre. Its anger, frustration, desolate despair, doom, moody, terrifying. A musical buffet that stands above all others. Get it. Put out the lights. Watch the shadows. This is the master preacher of all despair. A rare gem to experience and behold. Experience the journey of abyssmal darkness.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rockin moments 27 Nov 2013
By Blackened - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Even though I gave this 5 stars, one thing I don't like is the ambient quiet moments in each song. Too much of that. But the awesomeness of the rockin parts helps to make up for it.
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