Shining – IX- Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends – Seasons of Myst – Out Now.
Shining with Niklas at its steering wheel stirred quite some shit in the past. With their insanity on the foreground, they became quite popular for the wrong reasons. I still remember how Niklas put out a cigarette in an arm of one of his fans. Sure, there are some decent songs in their catalogue, but nothing really above average. Thank God they lost some of their insane instability and they matured in person and music wise. On their latest effort I am really surprised with what they have to offer. Still, half of the record I can’t make shit of the lyrics because of the language barrier. But somehow Niklas grabs me by my throat and does not let me go ‘till his last breath is played on this record. This little madman from Sweden really knows how to use his vocals. He changes from disturbing shouting into horny breathing and even though it’s disturbing it fits the moods of the songs in a perfect way. The record is quite diverse in song structure. We have the up-tempo blackish ones like “Människotankens Vägglösa Rum”. Again, I have no clue what this song is about, but damn I love the nasty black vibe which is blasting from the speakers. On the other hand we get slow ballad types songs like “Framtidsutsikter”. A nice eerie stamp on this one with perhaps the best vocal use I have ever heard from Niklas. A stellar song it is.
The power in this record is that Shining found the perfect balance between minimalistic and going over the top. Less is more in an epic package. Something I wished more bands could give us. With ”IX- Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” Shining released something special. Something we must treasure. This is atmospheric black metal at its best. Go enjoy and suffer!
Score: 4 out of 5
Text by: Ronald van de Baan