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4.0 out of 5 stars ...misery, darkness and depression...yay!
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...
Published on 9 Jun 2007 by Mr. H

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2.0 out of 5 stars Kills itself too quickly
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...
Published on 25 Jan 2009 by Gregg Murray


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...misery, darkness and depression...yay!, 9 Jun 2007
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Mr. H "Mr H" (Embra) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: V Halmstad (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 . Which is just how it should be, although methinks that 'true' black metal fiends will find fault with the slight progression into the world of symphonic black metal, and I can almost hear the cries of "sell-out" from here. Which would be a shame because the six tracks give out as much misery, darkness and depression as you could ever wish for.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Melancholic and Miserable: Another Quality Album from Shining, 4 April 2010
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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
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Gregg Murray (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: V Halmstad (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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