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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Shining - Blackjazz (2010)

Blackjazz is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian band Shining, released through Indie Recordings on 18 January 2010. As on Shining's two previous albums, the music draws elements from many different genres, particularly jazz and metal. The album's title, Blackjazz, is meant to describe the band's sound. The instrumentation is far simpler than on the two previous albums, with Jørgen Munkeby focusing on guitars and saxophone. This has made the album's sound closer to how they sound live, as songs from previous albums needed to be simplified for live performances. A big influence on Blackjazz is Shining's collaboration with Enslaved, with whom they composed and performed a 90-minute ″Armageddon Concerto″, Nine Nights in Nothingness – Glimpses of Downfall, at Moldejazz 2008. In fact, the concerto's seventh movement is an earlier version of the song Fisheye, and a studio version of the first movement, RMGDN, is a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Blackjazz. The concerto was commissioned by Moldejazz after the programme committee saw a video of the two bands performing a cover of King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man on their 2007 tour. A new version of the same song forms the final track on Blackjazz, featuring guest vocals by Enslaved's Grutle Kjellson. - Wikipedia

Jørgen Munkeby – Vocals, Guitars, Saxophone 
Torstein Lofthus – Drums 
Tor Egil Kreken – Bass 
Bernt Moen – Synths and Keyboards 
Even Helte Hermansen – Guitars 
Grutle Kjellson – Guest Vocals on track 8, Omen, and track 9, 21st Century Schizoid Man 

1. The Madness and the Damage Done (5:20)
2. Fisheye (5:08)
3. Exit Sun (8:36)
4. Exit Sun (0:57)
5. HEALTER SKELTER (5:35)
6. The Madness and the Damage Done (3:24)
7. Blackjazz Deathtrance (10:52)
8. Omen (8:46)
9. 21st Century Schizoid Man (8:41)

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