SINCE THE RELEASE OF THE ALBUM "BLACKJAZZ" FROM THE INNOVATIVE NORWEGIAN BAND SHINING, A BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT FOR BOTH THE NEW GENRE AND THE BRILLIANT BAND, THEIR ALWAYS RISING MUSICAL CAREER AND FANBASE ACROSS THE WORLD IS AN INDISPUTABLE FACT.
On top 10 on the national album chart | Nominated for Allmusic.com - "Blackjazz is one of the most assaultive, addictive albums around" | 10/10 - metal1.info | 5/5 - heavyblogisheavy.com | 4,5/5 - Sputnikmusic.com | 4,5/5 - Metalsucks.net | 95/100 - Metalreviews.com | Pitchfork "Shining are combining jazz and metal in original ways"
Live Blackjazz reviews:
9/10 - Musikknyheter "It's brutal, [...] it is technically brilliant and it's challenging. Thumbs up!"
One One One reviews:
On top 15 on the national album charts | The New York Times - “A study in coordinated whiplash.” | 5/5 - Behind The Scenes | #5 Album of the Year - Deadrhetoric.com | 10/10 -Slam-Zine | 5/5 - Urchicago
Alarmprisen 2006, category "jazz" for the album "In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster"
Alarmprisen 2007, category "jazz" for the album "Grindstone"
Winner of the A-Ha grant
Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in 2011, category "Innovator of the year"
Winner of the Statoil-grant in 2013
Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in 2005, category "open category/class" for "In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster"
Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in 2007, category "open category/class" for "Grindstone"
StatoilHydro-grant in 2008 during by:Larm
Bendiksenprisen in 2010
Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in 2010, category "Metal" for "Blackjazz"
Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in 2011, category "Metal" for "Live Blackjazz"
When Shining released Blackjazz, they took a whole world by surprise. They had stumbled across a new black gold that no one prior knew existed. As a result, Blackjazz was hailed by all sides of the music scene, from The New York Times through Metal Hammer, to Pitchfork. In 2011, the genre Blackjazz was further solidified by their high octane live DVD aptly named Live Blackjazz. With One One One, Shining’s very own Frankenstein’s monster has now thoroughly been brought to life, and Blackjazz is established as a whole new genre for generations to come.
Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby comments on the album Balckjazz: “This time around, the focus was on writing fun songs that are fun to listen to and fun to play. These are our new Blackjazz hits, one hit after the other.” Where Blackjazz sounded as if the electronics in your sound system was about to melt, One One One sounded more like shaking the bag of your favorite rock riffs, all unmistakably molded into the form of their very own patented Blackjazz.
“When writing the songs for One One One, I aimed at getting each and every song to sound their absolute best, and to be strong enough to stand alone. A series of ones, which is also where the album title comes from”, says Munkeby while adding: “But as a huge fan of the longer forms of music, where the whole album or symphony is just as important as the bits it is made from, we never strayed away from focusing on the totality of the album. I really feel we’ve managed to successfully combine these two aspects.”
One One One marked a new and more colorful era for Shining. Dark grey had been switched out with a brighter orange, all the while keeping the original black gold at the core: Their very own invention known as Blackjazz.