Shining (SWE)   X - Varg Utan Flock
3.2
good
Release Date: 2018
Tracklist

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3.0 goodzaruyache | January 11th 18

Shining need to cut the dramatic nonsense and stick to blasting and their trademark heavy grooving riffs, but even with their standard silliness rVarg Utan Flock" is still a fairly competent black metal record. I've never been huge on Shining and their silliness, but this is fairly good.

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3.0 goodRobert Davis CONTRIBUTOR | January 6th 18

The second song is terrible on this album, but then both covers at the end as well as "Jag Ar din Fiende" and "Mot Aokigahara" are really good, well-written in my opinion. Overall, it's an album that fares just above average weighing the inconcistency of it all.

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4.5 superbTheRealTruth | January 8th 19

Just for "han som lurar inom" I would give it 4.5. It's just an absolutely eminent song... My fucking god that bass

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3.0 goodcjbizzlebizzle | February 7th 18

This album kind of feels like B-sides to their previous release. Kvarforth still comes through with his powerful vocals and actually does really well in the cover tracks but on the whole the record feels like more of the same with less powerful songwriting on the whole. It also feels like Shining has missed the mark on the depressive black metal shtick here as the production just feels too... shiny. The album has a lot of mammoth ShiningTM riffs, angry gut wrenching vocals, ominous dramatics and quite a few memorable moments but as a whole it feels forgettable and really doesn't warrant a lot of repeat listens. Solid for BM fans and those looking for something early on in 2018 but a step down from their last releases.

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1.0 awfulEasterInTheBatcave | January 26th 18

Watered-down, crystal-clear depressive black metal record that completely misses the point of the genre. This comes off disingenuous; a misguided, perhaps nefarious, attempt to commercialize a genre that has no business being distorted as such.

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3.5 greatcaitanya | February 9th 19
3.0 goodCoast | January 23rd 19
3.5 greatkramyessevmk2 | January 2nd 19
2.5 averagePytkaWonsza | December 21st 18
3.0 goodmambocosmo | December 18th 18
3.5 greatLoveloth | September 23rd 18
3.0 goodCthulhuFhtagn | September 16th 18
4.5 superbKostasPonos | August 3rd 18
4.5 superbRowenNoore | July 10th 18
3.0 goodNazzadan | June 22nd 18
3.0 goodTrev0r85 | June 22nd 18
4.5 superbdragoth | June 13th 18
3.0 goodtwipzdeeauxilia | June 4th 18
2.0 poorbbm | April 25th 18
3.0 goodKlingel0905 | March 19th 18
4.0 excellentmadtwoo | March 7th 18
3.5 greatlintu987 | February 7th 18
3.5 greatrobotore | February 6th 18
2.5 averagehansoloshotfirst | January 30th 18
3.0 goodNickB95PL | January 29th 18
3.5 greatAntalWS | January 25th 18
1.5 very poorWizard | January 24th 18
3.5 greatSnowdog808 | January 24th 18
5.0 classicIzirAtig | January 21st 18
3.0 goodRobert Garland CONTRIBUTOR | January 21st 18
2.5 averageInAbsentia314 | January 21st 18
3.5 greatPatientlyDead | January 16th 18
1.5 very poorwasteofpaint31 | January 15th 18
4.0 excellentMaco097 | January 14th 18
4.0 excellentChamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR | January 12th 18
2.5 averageGhostK | January 12th 18
2.0 poorZippaThaRippa | January 11th 18
3.5 greatSeamas987 | January 10th 18
3.0 goodWillie STAFF | January 10th 18
2.5 averageItsOnlySkinDeep | January 10th 18
3.0 goodMetalSoliloquy | January 8th 18
3.0 goodDewinged | January 8th 18
4.0 excellentRustCohle | January 7th 18
3.0 goodEmperorRyker | January 7th 18
3.0 goodZombieParty | January 6th 18
3.0 goodpaheru | January 6th 18
3.0 goodfriv | January 5th 18
4.0 excellenth e l l | January 4th 18
2.5 averageElynna | January 3rd 18

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