You might find him blowing fire through his sax with ex-Megadeth guitar icon Marty Friedman, or spot him playing keyboards with legendary Norwegian black metal band Emperor. From his early days with Norse electro-jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist to his breakthrough as metal’s chief saxophone-wielding renegade, Jørgen Munkeby is a unique figure in modern music, and he’s about to make his most audacious move yet.
Shining has always been driven by their leader’s restless spirit. Now, in 2018, Shining is about to blow the doors off and reinvent themselves as the most insanely thrilling rock band on the planet.
“This time around I really wanted to do something new and exciting!” Munkeby explains. This new record is more Muse than Meshuggah, more Ghost than Gojira, and more Biffy Clyro than Burzum!”
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“The first songs I wrote were about death and grief, or the consequences for people left behind. Then when I thought I’d processed that sufficiently, I needed to write some party songs!”
When the world goes to hell, you might as well party while it’s going down.