|Formed in 1996, Shining is a Swedish black metal band that incorporate doom metal elements in their music. Due to the depressive undertones of their music and the mostly suicide-themed lyrics, Shining are often referred to as "suicidal black metal".
Suicide, self-destruction and the abuse of the human flesh & mind, these three topics are the main issues dealt with in Shining's music. The band has since its very beginning been cursed and the individuals within suffered from enormous problems because of the fact that the band still lives on. Actually this might be the explanation for about 9 people being kicked out of the band one by one until the year of 2000, still the band stands in obscurity. During the earlier period of the band, Kvarforth gathered a temporary line-up and released the 7" vinyl "Submit To Selfdestruction" in 1998 through his own label, Selbsmord Services. In the year of 2000 Kvarforth finally managed to sum up the minds of two others in order to record the debut full-length album, "I - Within Deep Dark Chambers". This very line-up lasted until two months after the recording of the second album in 2001, "II - Livets Ändhållplats", when Tusk decided to leave for several personal reasons though replaced by his younger brother Phil A. Cirone one month later. Wedebrand was violently kicked out from the band because of his stupidity, though Kvarforth never did suffer from his absence, on the contrary as he a few months later on was replaced by the drummer of drummers, namely Hellhammer from the legendary Mayhem. And for the first time ever Shining stands as a solid entity with a full line-up. At this point, Shining also signed with Avantgarde Music and released their third album "III - Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie" in 2002.
The band split-up in August 2004 and their fourth album, IV / The Eerie Cold, was supposed to be their last, but the band reformed later the same year with a new line-up capable of live shows. The band then released their fifth album, which was at first going to be called V / Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni but was later changed to V / Halmstad, a reference to Kvarforth's hometown.
Shining openly promotes suicide and self-harm in all its forms (e.g. drugs) in their lyrics. The founder of the band, Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson, has claimed, with contentment, that there have been some cases of people committing suicide at least partially under influence of Shining's music.
The band's name does not refer to the book The Shining or the film based on it, but rather according to Kvarforth, it means "the path to enlightenment".
Kvarforth disappeared in July 2006 and a rumor was spread that he was presumed to have committed suicide. On 23rd of August, 2006 the band posted a statement on their website declaring that Kvarforth had disappeared. The band was said to continue with a new singer named "Ghoul", as one of the wishes from Kvarforth.
At the concert that took place on February 3, 2007 at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden, "Ghoul" was revealed to be Kvarforth. The concert was violent in nature, sparking controversy in the Swedish media, with Kvarforth occasionally fighting the audience and the guest vocalists (Attila Csihar, Maniac and Nattefrost). Razorblades were handed to members of the audience, and one person was kicked in the chest after grabbing Kvarforth's genitals; who was in turn exposed to numerous physical assaults by Maniac.
One member of the audience recalls the kicking: "A couple of songs are finished and Kvarforth is standing with zipped up leather pants and some drunk Swede touches his crotch. Kvarforth looks shocked and shouts 'Don't touch me,' before he kicks the fan in the chest.
The main purpose for Shining is to fanatically deprave the listeners with their musical and lyrical propaganda, to embrace the sub-culturistic youth with suicidal happiness! Shining, the third, will stand as an monument to all the misery around us, a gun pointed at your forehead, a needle injecting the purest of heroine into your arm!
Their last album is called VI - Klagopsalmer and it was released in June 30th 2009.