7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2010
I thought I should review this album as nobody has yet. This is one of the heaviest, fastest, craziest albums I have heard in a long long time. Saxophone solos, distorted guitars and odd song structure makes this one of the freshest things in the metal scene I have heard in a good while. It still remains a good listen despite all the of its metal stylings. Basically this growling monolith of an album needs to be heard to be believed so go and buy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2010
This is the second album i've heard by Shining, the other being grindstone.
Blackjazz has a slightly 'simpler' sound than grindstone,
there are less samples, and the sound is more instrument based.
Shining obviously come from a scandinavian metal background and
this is more obvious on Blackjazz than Grindstone.
Of course claiming that Blackjazz is a stripped back album for Shining
is slightly ridiculous, they still sound like a a room full of lunatics.
Parts of it are jawdroppingly awsome, albums dont get much more exciting
than this, the punishing rythmn and sparse distorted vocals are fantastic
I whole hearted recommend this album, this is a group that deserve some
praise for cultivating such a unique off-kilter style, also it has to be
said, that mental as this album is it's not difficult to get into, the rythmn
and drums are enough to keep things accessible (ish).
Shinings music is full of unique character, it has an insane genius to it,
and the album artwork is phenomenal to, just look at that type!
on 12 January 2011
I brought this ablum on an off chance to be honest.
But the moment it kicks off is like a whirlwind of industrial, jazz, black metal & even techno. In the future ALL albums should follow its path. It is fearless not worried about where it treads, penning its faith on the listening to come join the darkest rollercoaster of music every created.
2010 throw up some great albums, but nothing has me coming back to it again & again, always hearing something fresh with each spin. The cover of King Crimson at the end is a nice touch. But the standout moment is BLACKJAZZ DEATHTRANCE, perfect show of how complex & creative this band is. From the bombardment of drum rolls, ultra-doom riffs, riffs spiralling out of control & then comes the techno section.
Pure Genius all should own this.
on 8 December 2010
This is an innovative album with quite a few inspired moments of mixing jazz and metal. Its very heavy.
The name of the album suggests that the music might be black metal mixed with jazz. In truth, it sounds more like Ministry mixed with Jazz. The vocals sometimes reminded me of Error E.P. by Error.
Jazz metal is known for using jazz orchestration rather than instruments (e.g. Atheist - check out the latest album). In Blackjazz you have both and it works really well. More brass in metal please. Maybe it could be called 'brass metal' ho ho.
The only downside is that it does go on a bit in parts and could have done with some 'editing'. It is not an easy album to listen to, even by industrial metal standards.