One of Norwegian extreme metal’s top acts, Enslaved and one of the nation’s leading improv/outer limits acts, Shining, have teamed up and gone touring together around Europe.
Enslaved was formed in May 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson when they were 13 and 17 years old, respectively. They had been playing in a death metal band called Phobia, but like many in the burgeoning black metal movement, they were looking for new sources of inspiration and expression. Though they began as a prototypical Norwegian black metal band, they always incorporated song structures unusual for the genre. Although the band now records in English, their early songs were mostly recorded in Icelandic or Old Norse, with one track on their first full-length album being performed in ancient Norwegian. Most of their lyrics relate to Norse mythology.
Shining, a young, vital, hard hitting and original quartet, was formed by two members of celebrated jazz act Jaga Jazzist. On their four albums they've moved between complex riffing, filmic soundscapes, jazz, classical and modern composition. People dropped many names when trying to place Shining on the musical map, hearing elements from The Mars Volta and Slayer via King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra to Henry Cow, This Heat, Ornette Coleman, Ligeti and Messiaen. One thing they all agreed on was the striking originality of this young group who have gone through a radical transition from starting out as a postbop jazz quartet.
The hard-hitting Enslaved/Shining combo is set to hit European roads in mid October.