Shining – International Blackjazz Society

Having reigned in some of the more atonal, discordant freeform squonk of 2010’s ‘Blackjazz’ on follow-up ‘One One One’, Norway’s Shining are back with another dose of their class-of-one jazz metal that harks back to the ‘Blackjazz’ blueprint while continuing the more structured approach of its successor. The band still sound like a herd of rhinos in Watain shirts attempting to play the greatest hits of Ornette Coleman, but whereas ‘Blackjazz’ was a brutal, troubling, and at times nauseating listen, its sort-of sequel is a much more consistent affair that conjures memories of KMFDM and Ministry in their prime. More industrial than previous releases, the album is at times astonishing in its determination to bend new corners into old shapes. Jorgen Munkeby’s saxophone squall still burns the ears in instrumental tracks like ‘Admittance’ and ‘House of Warship’, but it is the more conventional likes of ‘Burn It All’, ‘House of Control’ and the brilliant, twitching, fevered ‘Last Day’ that really connect. Sadly only six of the nine tracks fall into this category, making it a relatively short album in reality, but considering those six are among the band’s finest, that’s a small price to pay.

Shining Black Jazz Society

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