Shining - III - Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie review

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Band: Shining
Album: III - Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie
Release date: 2002

01. Mörda Dig Själv...
02. Svart Industriell Olycka
03. Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie
04. Submit To Self-Destruction
05. Till Minne Av Daghen
06. Fields Of Faceless

Here we have the third album of the Swedish Black Metal band called Shining, on the scene since 1996, when Kvarforth, mastermind of the band, founded it and published a first 7'' called "Submit To Self Destruction". In the following years three full-length album were released and now this "III- Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie" saw the light where the "III" indicates the serial number of the album.
What Kvarforth offers, or better imposes, us is a deadly, depressive and suicidial Black metal, slow, evil and perverted. And, hell, he really knows what he does!
From the first song we can understand what we are going towards: in fact Mörda Dig Själv… means precisely Kill yourself…

After severe line up changing, Shining now probably have their best formation:
Kvarforth at the voice and the guitar, Phil A.Cirone [younger brother of the previous bassist Tusk] at the bass and the keyboards, Insis as second guitar and the great Hellhammer "drummer of drummers" as well defined in the Shining biography on the official website.

Heavy and depressive are maybe the two adjectives that better can define the sound [clear, sharp and killer…Abyss Studios trademark….] of this album: Kvarforth is not a "trendy Blackster" and we can see his profound seriousness inside his depressive lyrics, with simply no hope at all, and behind the complex but terribly direct arrangements. His screams of anguish come from a throat torn apart and the obsessive guitar riffing is hypnotic; the bass lines of Phil A.Cirone creates an oppressive wall of sound around you while the drumming of Hellhammer is perfect and dynamic as always and introduces continuous variations in the rhythmic, without seems to be unbounded, alterning perfectly the pounding double bass with smart games of cymbals.

The songs are well structured, combining acoustic and desolate passages which creates an atmosphere of sterile solitude with more classical fast BM beating parts, full of hatred and anguish. A particular mention goes to "Till Minne Av Daghen" an instrumental track performed by Cirone with a clavinet played with the accompaniment of the sound of a cold wind, and to Svart Industriell Olycka, [Black Industrial Misery] personally my favourite song, which gives you perfectly the feeling of a walk through an empty, dark and wet industrial slum.

Is it a masterpiece of suicidial Black Metal? Yes it is. If you hate human beings, and if you like to listen this kind of music in your dark room whit black candles burning, well, this is an album that will leave a deep scar on you. You can't lose it.

Written by Sephiroth | 04.10.2004



Comments: 2   Visited by: 61 users
14.06.2009 - 06:19
Liver Failure
This review is as dark as the album. Very good also.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
01.08.2011 - 04:02
Witch Hunter Gen
I concur, an excellent review for an exceptional album.
Written by Dangerboner on 02.11.2009 at 08:11

Everything he doesn't like is metalcore. Britney Spears, Elton John, Michael Moore, and green beans are also metalcore, in case you guys didn't know.

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