Sweden’s SHINING Reveal New Album Artwork

Monday, 22nd July 2013

Norway’s Dark Essence Records announced last month that it will be releasing  SHINING’s new full-length album, 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd. Today, the Swedish outfit have revealed the artwork for the forthcoming release which was completed by Michal Pawlowski and is available for viewing below. The album will be released in both CD and limited edition black or white 12” vinyl versions, with liner notes by Niklas Kvarforth, and is set to appear on September 23 and are available for pre-order here.

Although the upcoming album will be SHINING’s ninth full length, the band deliberately titled it 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd as it is said to consist of six songs from the Livets Ändhållplats and Angst era in their original pre-production versions but with the addition of newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as Lars Fredrik Fröslie’s keyboards (ANGST SKVADRON, WOBBLER, ASMEGIN) which the band did not utilize until their sixth record.

SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth comments on the concept of the album: “Some of you may remember that five years ago we revealed that we had plans to re-record our debut album and then have six different vocalists doing their own interpretations of the songs instead of merely having them singing on the already set paradigms. You may also be aware that recently we have been working extremely hard to reclaim our birthright by releasing older bootlegs through our webshop in an effort to put an end to this fucking bootlegging bullshit that has been infecting our aura for as long as we’ve been around. So we thought that since the new SHINING full-length album is still in the making now would be the right time to combine a bit of both those projects.

8 ½ – Febedrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd consist of six songs from the Livets Ändhållplats and Angst era in their original pre-production versions, with newly recorded bass and guitars on top and the malevolent brilliance of Lars Fredrik Fröslie’s keyboard magic, which sadly we didn’t start using until the sixth album. Six vocalists whom we all find both inspiring and ‘otherworldly’ have blessed the album with their madness, some of them even in their native languages. At first, my initial thought was that it might turn out a bit too strange. But after hearing some of our classic songs in French, Hungarian and Norwegian, I am certain the whole concept will please not only our loyal fan-base but even the contemptuous ones as well.”

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