Sunday, September 22, 2013

Shining, "I Won't Forget"

Shining is on their first ever American tour right now, behind one of the year's best albums and not nearly enough press. One One One is getting billed as prog-metal, probably because Shining used to be a jazz band and covered King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man." But One One One sounds more industrial to me, with heavy tones of Killing Joke and early Nine Inch Nails, plus the best saxophone in all of metal (sorry, Sigh and Nachtmystium). Shining is also a downright ferocious live band, thrashing and prowling all over a relatively cramped stage without missing a note.

Luckily, they're from Norway, where art-metal is more widely appreciated and they can get a budget for a music video like this one, for "I Won't Forget."

I also like this long take of them playing "I Won't Forget" outdoors.  More bands should record their videos live.

They're on their way to Illinois, Colorado and California before ending their tour. Book a flight if you have to.

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