Shining - One One One (Indie Recordings)

Industrial metal & saxaphones in an unholy (yet sexy) union...
Release Date: 
6 Jun 2013 - 11:30pm

Norwegian alchemists Shining have done it again with their new album One One One; their seventh album, and third in their Blackjazz trilogy. I found Blackjazz (2010) to be a brilliant piece of work and I think this was the album that really brought them to the fore, despite these guys knocking out their first album Where The Ragged People Go way back in 2001. I Won't Forget opens the album and immediately blows your mind with it's hybrid industrial jazz stylings. It's got electro like Combichrist and Ministry. It's got absolutely mental runs on the guitar. It's got roaming sexy sax like John Zorn on a shed-load of illegal aphrodisiacs. It's finger-popping goodness, Daddio...

Tunes like The One Inside (which is catchy as fuck) have more of that metal/jazz collision, with haunting, rising saxaphone solos plastered over blistering riffs that cut like broken glass. It's intense, and I'm grinning from ear to ear. The 'Kraftwerk on cocaine' intro to My Dying Drive just makes me smile even more, with frantic yet massive riffs injected into the electro base of the song. Brilliant and innovative. Off The Hook and Blackjazz Rebels just confirm the vision of these spicy hep-cats, though I am concerned that Shining will be seen as just another novelty act, to be briefly embraced then tossed aside by a weary listening public. I might get rather depressed if this were the case as these guys are talented as hell, despite lacking berets, turtle-neck sweaters and/ or 'juice mops'...

The rest of the album is equally nutty (in the best possible way); How Your Story Ends is gorgeously cacophonic and The Hurting Game, Walk Away and closer Paint The Sky Black blew my freaking mind. I've had this album on a loop for the last month - I love it and you should too...