Shining - IV - The Eerie Cold review

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Band: Shining
Album: IV - The Eerie Cold
Release date: February 2005

01. I Och Med Insikt Skall Du Förgå
02. Vemodets Arkitektur
03. Någonting Är Jävligt Fel
04. Eradication Of The Condition
05. The Eerie Cold (Samvetskvalens Ridå Öppnades)
06. The Claws Of Perdition

Despite the fact that the Swedish suicidal black metallers Shining had announced during 2004 that they had achieved what they wanted through their music and broke up, they return during 2005 with a new line up and their long-awaited fourth full length release, "IV The Eerie Cold". The basic figure and very soul of the band remains Kvarforth and, of course, the band keeps on supporting the ideology they had since their very beginning, "suicide, self-abuse and the abuse of the human mind and flesh", with the "eerie cold" being present in every single second of the album.

Suicidal black metal is what Shining play and the album ranges from melancholic acoustic passages to groovy mid-tempo black metal moments that end to raging misanthropic outbursts with the guitars making the overall eerie atmosphere more intense and Kvarforth's vocals escalating the extreme emotional charge of the compositions that flow like razors through the listener's skin. The razorblade black metal guitar riffing harmonizes wonderfully with the unerring rhythm section (on the drums since this album lies Ludvig Hvit of Spiritual Beggars), which accompanies the band in any possible tempo while the guitars fear not to play solos at times, solos that pace with the death-like atmosphere of the album.

Kvarforth's interpretation evokes an intense disgust and hate for everything pure and innocent making the overall morbid feeling of the album even more paranoiac and twisted. The album flows definitely as one keeping the interest of the listener to high levels from its very second until its very end. Songs like "Nagonting Ar Jarligt Fel", "Vemodets Arkitektur", "The Claws Of Perdition" and "Eradication Of The Condition" strike down the listener with their bitter yet so powerful approach, having also their acoustic moments, while "I Och Med Insikt Skall Du Forga" keeps a more mid-tempo approach with intense atmosphere, having also its raging moments, balancing between aggression and grieving self-destruction, and "The Eerie Cold" that is a piece of pure distress and melancholy with the clean almost-crying vocals sounding so painful and paranoid.

No, here you won't find keyboards leading the music, crystal-clear production, plastic image or easy melodies, but an album filled with inspiration, fabulous compositions, groove and pure black metal feeling from one of the best underground bands that came out the abyss of Scandinavia during the second half of the 90s. One thing is for sure, by buying this album only good you will cause to yourself!


Written on 27.11.2005 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."

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In my hands I am holding the fourth album of one of the most controversial bands of the underground Black Metal scene: Shining. I guess this band doesn't need an introduction, since it is one of the more known bands in the Black Metal underground. They've earned that fame and their reputation with some outstanding albums and their controversy.

published 17.04.2007 | Comments (16)


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13.03.2007 - 21:50
Account deleted
Brilliant album and a brilliant review. The vocalwork and the riffs on this album is really memorable!
16.04.2007 - 22:26
Mr. Noise
Such a great album! A must for Black Metal fans!
SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
17.09.2008 - 14:27
Dudeist Priest'
What film is the speech from on Eerie Cold (song)? Claws of Perdition is from 'American Psycho', awesome speech, but whats with the other one? He's talking about living your life backwards...

'Every day we get younger and have something to look forward too...'

'Then you're a baby and you don't know your life is ending, you just suck on your mom's tit and die..'

Thats so great...
That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
25.02.2009 - 13:51
Red Nightmare
Those guys are one of the best thing in metal, period. I knew them with Halmstad, now I'm loving this album, absolutely great.
IntoPlighT said: "Slipknot is 15 years old how the fuck is that Nu metal?"

13.09.2009 - 00:44
Wicked Mung
Gettings this today

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