Saturday, January 23, 2010


The good men of Shining are touring to promote "Blackjazz" these days. The new album has received rave reviews (in Norway at least), and no wonder the Garage club in Bergen was packed Thursday evening, when they visited. My headbanging days are over (age and hair loss, say no more), but Shining is more of a metal band now, and the manic headbangers were in the front rows. Great fun to look at for the aged (almost like The Muppet Show).
The concert was good, and the record is really good, but I might be the only one who feel Shining were more exciting on "In the kingdom of kitsch" (2005) and "Grindstone" (2007).
The band is obviously a great live band, looking good with Munkeby up front like a rock and roller, even if guitar player Hermansson ruined it a bit, since he had to use crutches after some wild scene behavior i Oslo the previous day.
Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved joined the band to sing King Crimson´s "21st Century Schizoid Man" to end the show. Powerful!

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