Shining (NOR) - Blackjazz

8.1 | 154 votes |
Release date: 18 January 2010
Style: Experimental Jazz , Avantgarde metal


148 have it
7 want it

01. The Madness And The Damage Done
02. Fisheye
03. Exit Sun
04. Exit Sun
06. The Madness And The Damage Done
07. Blackjazz Deathtrance
08. Omen
09. 21st Century Schizoid Man [King Crimson cover]

Jørgen Munkeby - vocals, guitar, saxophone, keyboards, synths, woodwinds
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Tor Egil Kreken - bass
Bernt Moen - keyboard, synths
Hermansen - guitars

Guest musicians
Grutle Kjellson - vocals

Staff review by
Darkside Momo
"The ever downward spiral, the inevitable tide
The outlines of a beast, slowly taking form
Pixel by pixel, giving birth to deadly shape"

Replace 'pixel' by 'note', and that is quite an accurate description of what you're about to face with this Blackjazz…

Oh My Fucking God

Yeah that'll probably be your reaction when you'll hear it. And for a good reason: this is one of the most mind-blowing albums released in 2010. A unique, weird, and really violent monster of a record. So be prepared for quite a ride, and not an easy one at that!

published 14.02.2011 | Comments (44)

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23.02.2011 - 08:56
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This album surely needs repeated listening to truly understand its scope and you will be
23.02.2011 - 09:16
Rating: 8
Totemic Lust
Written by Guest on 13.02.2011 at 13:52

Weirdass album, which totally makes it awesome by the way..."Exit Sun Pt.1" reminds me a little of Muse's "Hysteria"...

Yep.. I heard that as well. Pretty funny coincidence.
24.05.2011 - 23:42
Daydream Nation
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Still think this is a classic, reviewed very well by Darkside Momo.
19.10.2011 - 15:54
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I tried to like it but I couldnt bear the vocals. I despise this vocal style.
27.06.2012 - 06:44
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Metal I can deal with. Jazz I can deal with. Metal Jazz? Not for me. Some parts were agonizingly difficult to get through and by the time I learner to tolerate it I started drowning it out. Oh, well.
27.06.2012 - 08:12
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 27.06.2012 at 06:44

Metal I can deal with. Jazz I can deal with. Metal Jazz? Not for me.

I wouldn't take this album as a reference for liking "Metal jazz" or not. These guys are in a league of their own and have some particular ways to make you dislike them.
Just sayin' so you don't turn down a release with a similar label before listening to it just for that in the future
08.07.2012 - 00:37
Darkside Momo
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.02.2011 at 19:00

Written by MétalNoir on 08.02.2011 at 18:19

This band's pretty annoying IMO... Even though I know they're very original and all, their "music" just gets on my nerves.

then you should have seen them live together with Enslaved playing The Armageddon Concerto which the two bands specifically wrote for Roadburn last year. Thaat one totally got on my nerves and made Blackjazz seem as super chilled easy listening

Music-wise that's impressive indeed. And next both bands took some parts of it and used them for their next albums (most notably Shining with Fisheye and parts of Blackjazz Deathtrance)

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
15.03.2013 - 14:55
Rating: 8
Nihil's Maw
Just listened to the first song on this album, and all I can say is this: What the holy fuck am I listening to? You guys call this shit music?

Whatever it is, I'm totally addicted and I need to hear the rest of the album. If the first track is any indication, this will probably get a high rating from me.
21.04.2013 - 13:24
Holy hell that cover of 21st Schizoid Man is awesome
01.05.2013 - 11:51
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Black industrial jazz sludge?
"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
10.07.2013 - 17:06
Rating: 8
Nihil's Maw
I expected this to be a lot better judging from the opening track. The rest of it is worth a 7, but The Madness and the Damage Done, Blackjazz Deathtrance, Omen, and the 21st Century Schizoid Man cover push it up to an 8.
19.04.2017 - 13:01
Rating: 8
Chaos at its best.

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