Shining (SWE)
IV - The Eerie Cold


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Green Scarf Bandit of Italy USER (17 Reviews)
June 21st, 2009 | 89 replies | 11,228 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hellhammer plays in this band. Nuff said.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

First things first, most of the track names were Swedish but fortunately Wikipedia had the translated English names. Since I really don't want to have to write the track names out in Swedish every time I reference them, I have posted the revised English track list below to avoid confusion.

Track 1- Due to Insight You Shall Perish
Track 2- Architecture of Sadness
Track 3- Something is Very ***ed Up
Track 4- Eradication of the Condition
Track 5- The Eerie Cold
Track 6- The Claws of Perdition

Suicide is quite a common theme among black metal. Aside from many bands actually writing songs about suicide, many members of famous black metal bands have actually committed suicide, which in my opinion is much more metal than just writing about it. Over the years, black metal and suicide have been rather intertwined, resulting in a sub genre called depressive black metal, or even just suicidal black metal. The general sound of depressive black metal is just as emotionally raw standard grade black metal but it contains much less rage and fury, emphasizing on icy, sorrowful tones and heavy depression. In general, depressive black metal is supposed to make you want to die, Shining however is a completely different concept altogether.

Shining have apparently adopted the grotesque suicidal imagery and depressive lyrics of the sub-genre however they have no developed into a band that I could call depressive black metal. Shining has more of the pure unbridled hate of black metal that focuses on a depressive mindset, while not really creating music that sounds even slightly depressing. Of course, there are several bare-bones instrumental pieces throughout that are supposed to be dark and gloomy, but they really fail to delve into the bitter emotional spectrum of bands such as Coldworld. However, Shining isn't really pure black metal either.

Instrumentally, The Eerie cold is much more advanced than most black metal albums both technically and melodically. First of all, the most renowned drummer of all black metal plays for Shining, Jan Axel Blomberg, more commonly known as Hellhammer. Throughout the album, Hellhammer completely sidesteps blast beating, replacing it with more technical fills that actually accentuate the rapid-fire guitars much more elegantly than random blast beating would. The guitar as well avoids the stereotypes of black metal with the use of actual guitar solos. The solos aren't mind-blowing or shred masterpieces but they stray away from the typical tremolo picked melody style of black metal, favoring a style that is more akin to death metal than anything else. The bass also shines through the dense guitar riffs occasionally, and once you have found it, its easy to follow the humming bass lines throughout the entire album.

The real power of the music comes in how well it flows together. The drums and guitar lay down the rhythm in harmony; perfectly meshing together to create insanely juicy fills that you can actually tap your foot to, or in some cases head bang. The perfect example of this comes in the end with "The Claws of Perdition" which in addition to having an awesome name, is an awesome song, and the best closer I have ever heard from a black metal band.

Lyrically and vocally however, The Eerie Cold is a quite a disaster. The vocal style of "Ghoul" is utterly horrible and unsatisfying to listen to. Instead of using the harsh screams typical to black metal, Ghoul favors an ugly and unsavory croak that grates on the ear, and negates 90 percent of the lyrical comprehension of the album. Several times throughout the album, Ghoul does some very strange things, creating warped and strange vocal noises that really bring the music down such as near the end of "Something is Very ***ed Up." After several moments of listening to Ghoul shrieking like a dying man while rapidly shifting the pitch of his vocals from low to high, I was beginning to agree with the song's title.

At first the sheer idiocy of the vocals prevented me from fully enjoying the album, but after a while I was able to look past it, solely to enjoy the music, which is quite decent for black metal. I definitely recommend getting this even if it is a bit hard to get into. After giving it three or four listens, you should be well conditioned and able to appreciate the musical complexity.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty sick album, lol didn't realize the track list had already been translated.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 21st 2009



3743 Comments


sux

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

may I ask what sux?

jingledeath
June 21st 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been meaning to check this out. I guess I'll get it with the new album when it leaks.

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have a new album?

jingledeath
June 21st 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah but I don't know if it's available yet

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you have the new Anaal Nathrakh album yet?

jingledeath
June 21st 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah man, awesome shit

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yah I know. Title track is just about the most epic thing ever.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2009



8223 Comments


good review. I have been very busy lately tbh and so I have not had the time to check out any new music. I'll probably pass on this since I am not too experienced in black metal and + there is the fact that I am a very vocals based person aka if the vocals suck badly I, at 90% of the time, am not able to look past it. I am going to check your other recs though, I have Gwynbleid dl'd, i just need to listen to it and that Windir album seemed interesting. SO yaah, I apologise that I haven't been able to give you all that much feedback on the album you have reviewed.

BallsToTheWall
June 21st 2009



44164 Comments


Terrific review mate.

Oh, this isnt the new Shining record, my mistake. I should check this and the new one out.

Wizard
June 21st 2009



18789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hellhammer completely sidesteps blast beating, replacing it with more technical fills that actually accentuate the rapid-fire guitars much more elegantly than random blast beating would.

Actually, you had me at the summary but this is equally as awesome to hear.

Great review to boot. Your really coming around as a knowledgeable/ good writer.


Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 21st 2009



3743 Comments


it's not the shining it's just shining

also hell of an intro you got there you really know how to pull a reader in

also sux


BallsToTheWall
June 21st 2009



44164 Comments


2 kvlt 4 u?

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its not really kvlt dude, they don't sing about satan.

ThusSpokeZarathustra
June 21st 2009



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Wrists are for girls.. I'm slitting my throat', lolz.

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yah man, but is says fuck it first.

ThusSpokeZarathustra
June 21st 2009



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still lolz worthy.

Zip
June 21st 2009



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kinda freaked me out the first time tho.

Sethcanes
June 22nd 2009



45 Comments


The track names aren't in Norwegian, it's Swedish.



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