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A musical diary of a frantic depressive,
This review is from: IV: The Eerie Cold (Audio CD)Not to be confused by the also popular Norwegian band called Shining, famous for their `Black Jazz'.
Shining were the first band I heard being referred to as 'suicidal black metal' as opposed to the more commonly used 'depressive black metal'. As the genre attribution would suggest, the ethos of the band is masochistic in nature, and the art that it creates stems from Kvarforth's own misanthropy, schizophrenia, drug-taking and self harm.
`The Eerie Cold' is the first album by Shining where they exhibit their own unique sound. There are glimpses of what we see here in their previous works, and there is a definite sense of development through the albums.
From Kvarforth's 2 and half minute rant/death wish to fans that acts as an introduction for this album, anyone would think he didn't want this album to sell. But its all part of his self-destruct personna that seems surplus to requirements for some, whilst sells records to others.
Musically, this album on the whole perhaps has a faster pace than you would expect from a 'suicidal' band, but I think it paints an accurate picture of the more frantic and angst-ridden form that depression and despair can take along with the haunting moods that pre-empt and follow.
`Nagonting Ar Fauligt Fel' and `Claws of Perdition' are stand-out tracks for me, though there isn't a poor one on the album. If you can get past the hype and inevitable press attention surrounding Shining, there is some real talent and skilful portrayal of negative human emotion, and `The Eerie Cold' is an excellent example.