Shining is back. The Black Jazz have become a genre itself and so the band is celebrating that concept once again with the release of a new album called “International Blackjazz Society”.
The album starts exactly like expected from their previous releases. The saxophone is part of it, the mania they create. The madness comes loose from the early beginning. In “One One One” the band took it all a step down, being a bit more approachable, but now they took that out of it again. Lyrically they do not make sense all the time, but with all that heaviness and explosion of sounds around you they are never the main part of the song anyway. If you have listened the previous albums of the band, this new release will not stand apart too much from it even though they expanded some things here and there.
This time though, a little bit of a black sheep has entered the album as well. It is the song “House of Control” which is slower, more focussed on vocals, the sounds being less of a driving factor. Yet, listen it on a proper volume and you’ll find where the intensity of that song is really found. It is in the details and you may need to get yourself deep into it to find it.
Even though we adore the madness, crazy wild songs that Shining brings, this song is in some way a highlight for it being so different from the others. In any way, there is enough typical Shining to find in the album for all fans to adore. A new approach is enriching their Blackjazz experience even if it is only for one song. It makes the album one that we can say of: it is the NEW album. Well done Shining, we expect this one to dominate our players long time!
Jørgen Munkeby – saxophone, flute, clarinet, guitar, lead vocals
Håkon Sagen – guitar
Eirik Tovsrud Knutsen – keyboards, synthesizer
Tobias Ørnes Andersen – drums
02. The Last Stand
03. Burn It All
04. Last Day
05. Thousand Eyes
06. House Of Warship
07. House Of Control
08. Church Of Endurance