Shining (NOR)
One One One


3.5
great

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
April 17th, 2013 | 50 replies


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shining Lite

The last time we heard from Norway’s Shining, 2010s Blackjazz was spewing it’s sonic template of hyperkinetic spazz metal to a somewhat international stature and even spawning a live album in 2011. Blackjazz was a monster of an album to say the least, molding metal, progressive dynamics and an eccentric, free-wielding saxophone from multi-instrumentalist Jørgen Munkeby and his bandmates. They even managed to cover the amazingly complex King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” and nail it in to their own sound which is what a great cover should sound like. Even the huge production that boosted a fatter than normal instrumental sound only made their first major critical album all the more enjoyable all the while bringing to life every conceivable note crammed into the nooks and crannies of their rather elongated songs. One One One is what I would like to call ‘Shining Lite’ because of the major refinements made to the bands overall envision to what a proper eccentric album should sound like.

Ever since their debut Where the Ragged People Go, Shining have been onto this refinement since day one, elaborating on the cliché building on the old and making something new. The only thing different which makes One One One stand out as the best in their discography is their overall grasp of song structure and allowing their lengthy process of speedy/ spazzy mechanical metal and jazz fusion frenzy to be channeled into shortened and tight-as-hell song structures. This refinement of ideas helps channel the chaos of Blackjazz’s excessive use of repeated ideas (remember how many damn pretentious free-style saxophone parts there were?) and makes these chunks of songs fit together as if they’re trying to write an album full of songs instead of the bombardment of great ideas that seem to all flow into excessive chaos. Whether you’re a fan of controlled chaos or not, it makes for a much easier listening experience throughout the entire album and inviting potential repeat listens instead of draining the listener after three songs.

As for the actual songs themselves, this is Shining through and through. Their somewhat industrialized tremolo riffs are still accompanied by a rhythm attack that’s not only frantic but is also worthy of keeping a stellar technical groove. Even the saxophone and electronic parts feel important to the songs and aren’t quite as jarring as past efforts. To put it simply, these parts sound in place within the song and less of an overbearing noise attack. In fact, these parts only notch up the intensity of the songs crescendos to a point of near heart attack in some cases (“I Won’t Forget” & “Paint the Sky Black”). The industrial edge to Shining has also been molded well with a more organic sense of song-writing (“The One Inside”) while other standout tracks such as “Off the Hook” are songs Munkeby uses to search for a melodic tone to his singing ability, adding further flavour to his eccentric brand of chaotic yet controlled song writing. And let’s not forget the fat production of past albums because it’s even more intact this time around. All the instrumentation is completely up front and literally nothing gets lost in the mix.

An overall impression of One One One would be that Munkeby created this album for a live setting. Shorter song times and compressed ideas from albums past are all you really need to know before going into One One One. It’s more or less the same Shining, just way more of the punch instead of the drawn out experimental tendencies that were cool but a little excessive.



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Wizard
April 17th 2013


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Been awhile, play nice!

Digging: Horseback and Locrian - New Dominions

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2013


7474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That was quite disappointing. It's a good industrial metal record though, just not jazz metal one sadly. Just not enough jazz imo.

Digging: Clipping - CLPPNG

CaptainDooRight
April 17th 2013


30369 Comments


very nice read bro, very nice flow, a definite pos

Digging: Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

Tyrael
April 17th 2013


20978 Comments


greg acting like he knows anything about metal

cute

album is decent, nothing more

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2013


19086 Comments


ouch

Digging: Stereolab - Dots and Loops

BallsToTheWall
April 17th 2013


44805 Comments


Great band/review. Terrible artwork.

Wizard
April 17th 2013


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I will defend Greg, he has quite the unique tastes in metal.

Evreaia
April 17th 2013


4060 Comments


Finally some new stuff. Gonna jam this hard.

ResidentNihilist
April 17th 2013


1191 Comments


'Even the saxophone and electronic parts feel needed to the songs and aren’t quite as jarring as past efforts.'

Replace 'need' it sounds really awkward.

'To put it simply, they make for a more unique bit in the song and less of an overbearing noise attack.'

Rephrase, it again sounds too awkward.

Apart from that good review, especially as you're the guy who only writes them once in a blue moon ;)



Wizard
April 17th 2013


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fixed it up, thanks for the constructive criticism.

bloc
April 17th 2013


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thought this was pretty damn bad

YankeeDudel
April 17th 2013


9313 Comments


oh bootyful didnt know they had an album comin out I WILL CHECK IT

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Yazz_Flute
April 17th 2013


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah I was thinking on making this my next review.

I'm really enjoying this; I Won't Forget, My Dying Drive, How Your Story Ends, and Paint the Sky Black are excellent.

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

stabbler
April 17th 2013


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sounds promising....blackjazz was a little too stretched out for mine

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 18th 2013


4958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the sax just ends up being a gimmick on this, def like blackjazz better

Wizard
April 18th 2013


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I thought the sax worked much better on this but to each their own.

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 18th 2013


5643 Comments


Sweet rev,pos'd gonna check!

LilLioness
April 18th 2013


2727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally getting around to rating this. Yeah, this album has its moments, but it is just not my thing.

Yazz_Flute
April 18th 2013


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocals remind me of Alexi Laiho but slightly less shitty.

CocaineBiceps
April 18th 2013


40 Comments


I'm not too big into metal but I like jazz. Would I like this?



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