Shining (SWE)
I - Within Deep Dark Chambers


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brandon Scott USER (101 Reviews)
January 26th, 2010 | 133 replies | 12,576 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shining's dangerous debut inspires hundreds of musicians to take up the hobby of self mutilation.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Formed in 1996, Swedish band Shining was one of the first projects in the black metal genre to earn the tag "suicidal black metal". While nowadays that term has gone to become bastardized by a countless number of bedroom black metal bands, at the time of Shining's introduction to the scene, they were one of the first groups to include lyrics heavily influenced by suicide and depression. As it is with most originators of a genre, while other "depressive" and "suicidal" black metal bands fade into obscurity even after their first releases, Shining's quality material stands strong with I - Within Deep Dark Chambers being the first full-length in a line of an impressive discography.

Musically, the sound of I - Within Deep Dark Chambers is very reminiscent of that of the classic 90's black metal bands. Last track, "Only The Silence Remains" is a perfect example of the sound of this album; the begining of the song features fast, tremolo picked guitar, backed by whirling blast beats and demonic howls courtesy of vocalist Andreas Classen. After a beautiful clean guitar picked interlude, the song's tempo slows, becoming something more akin to doom metal. While each song does for the most part feature the song same structure, they all each feature their own little quirks and traits that separate themselves as well. Take for example the track "Stonelands" which features acoustic guitar towards the end of the track, or "Inisis" which features a bass interlude and then a simple, yet searingly melodic lead in the background of the other instruments. The album also puts on display a sense of melody, through the use of subtle keyboard arrangements buried beneath the guitar, or even from the guitar itself in most instances.

While on the music end, I - Within Deep Dark Chambers features solid instrumentation, the true gem of this album is it's tortured lyrics, and their delivery from main singer Andreas Classen and the guitarist/founder of Shining, Niklas Kvarforth. While lyrics such as "Disgusted by life/
Release the blood and submit to freedom!
from the song "Vita Detestabilis" would have been strong in the first place, no matter on who the vocalist was, but with the emotional delivery of Mr.Classen, these lyrics are given new life (or death, depending on how you view it). Whether these lyrics are just a front, an effort to differentiate themselves from the pack, or honest true lyrics, the world will never know, but with the strong emotion put into the performance, the latter situation seems more much more likely. Lyrically, the words on this album also proved to be incredibly influential, inspired many black metal musicians to start to develop lyrics bent towards suicide and depression.

I - Deep Within Dark Chambers is probably the most "immature" Shining album, but even so remains a great piece of metal. From the melody laden black metal passages, to the lyrics of utter self loathing, there is little about this album that is not to be liked by black metal fans. From this point on, Shining grew upon their already tremendous talent, and have gone on to release some more truly great albums.



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TheSpirit
January 26th 2010



17183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The long awaited Shining review! Sputnik tried to fuck me over by making me re-login before i submitted, but aha fuckers jokes on you, i also copy my reviews first!


This is a great album definitely recommend to whoever hasn't heard it.

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

FadeToBlack
January 26th 2010



10913 Comments


great review for a great album

SCREAM!
January 26th 2010



9977 Comments


Do his vocals suck on this too?

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

TheSpirit
January 26th 2010



17183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well i like Kvarforth's vocals, but the vocals on this are mostly from Andreas Classen, and they are good very good.


Oh, and thank you fadetoblack!

FadeToBlack
January 26th 2010



10913 Comments


I expected this to be a lot more like 'traditional black metal' than their newer albums, but it's not really that different to what they're playing atm.

You should check out Bethlehem's first two albums, they seem to be a major influence on Shining so I'm pretty sure you'll like them.

BallsToTheWall
January 26th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ive heard enough Shining to last me a lifetime. Good review though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2010



16260 Comments


Niiiiiiiiiiiiice

Zoo
January 26th 2010



3759 Comments


bitchin review brotha

@ Balls: no such thing as "enough Shining"

TheSpirit
January 26th 2010



17183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuu

Wizard
January 26th 2010



19231 Comments


I just got III in the mail today hahahaha. Working my way backwards in their discography I guess. Dude, your reviews are ace and I applaud you for hammering these quality reviews out at an alarming rate. Lots of time on your hands I see hahahaha. Expecting this and II sometime in the future.

Do his vocals suck on this too?

I've warmed up to them quite a bit.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2010



16260 Comments


I find the best way to go through this band's discography is backwards.

TheSpirit
January 26th 2010



17183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Karl, i appreciate it. I had to take a year off of school to save up, so yeah i have lots of free time. I mostly just work/hangout with friends/music haha.

FadeToBlack
January 26th 2010



10913 Comments


just realised Kvarforth is the current vocalist for Bethlehem, it's a shame they've released nothing good since their first 3
albums though :/

Wizard
January 26th 2010



19231 Comments


I find the best way to go through this band's discography is backwards.

As I'm discovering hahahaha.

Shining's dangerous debut inspires hundreds....

Might want to fix this unless it's really their debut hahahaha.

Dryden
January 26th 2010



12928 Comments


awsome review. awsome album.

FadeToBlack
January 26th 2010



10913 Comments


i went through from I to VI and i survived lol

New Shining album this year, gonna be awesome

TheSpirit
January 26th 2010



17183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Dryden!



And Karl, this is their debut...

Wizard
January 26th 2010



19231 Comments


Really? I thought their debut had a picture of two guys hugging each other in a bathtub full of blood.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2010



18047 Comments


Meh, i never could get into Shining. Silencer's Death-Pierce Me is the quintessential depressive bm album. Still, great review. Did anyone happen to see that stuff about Kvarforth converting and getting married in a catholic church? Crazy stuff...

Digging: Huerco S - Colonial Patterns

Wizard
January 26th 2010



19231 Comments


Probably did that for publicity.



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