Much to the surprise of SHINING’s founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH, “When Prozac No Longer Helps”, the book of his lyrics that he translated into English from his native Swedish, and which was published in December of last year, sold out in a very short time, and a second edition is now at the printers, ready for its 23 September release. The second edition differs slightly from the original in that it contains a handful of minor corrections, and two additional lyrics, one being those for the song “Through Corridors of Oppression” which was previously omitted, and lyrics which Kvarforth wrote for Norwegian Black Metallers URGEHAL six months before the untimely death of their frontman Trondr Nefas. As with the first edition, the second will feature the English and Swedish lyrics side-by-side and will also be limited to 500 copies signed by Kvarforth. It will once again only be available directly from the band’s webshop in order to make sure that the true fans who want a copy get a chance to buy one without having to pay inflated prices elsewhere. The second edition is available to pre order now at http://www.shininglegions.com/
“When Prozac No Longer Helps” garnered praise from fans and critics alike, who were at long last able to understand the true emotions and the darkness behind the lyrics that accompany SHINING’s music. WATAIN’s Erik Danielsson perfectly summed up the depth of Kvarforth’s body of work saying: “The dark and narrow back alleys of the human mind are best explored and translated into art by those who abide in them. Artists who are not trying to hide their wounds or helplessness, neither their lustful yearning for Death and misery. . . This is why Niklas’ writing stands out as genuine; it comes from a sea of darkness in which he learned to swim a long, long time ago”.
Commenting on the decision to print a second edition Kvarforth said: “When we decided to publish the original version, we were not entirely sure that there would be much interest in a book of lyrics, and we were astonished at the speed with which it sold out, every copy having been snapped up within six weeks. We were even more surprised when we were approached by several people who wanted to translate and publish the lyrics in their own languages, which is something that is in the works. It just goes to show that there is life in the music business outside of just listening to sounds”.
SHINING is set to release a new full-length album, “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” on Norway’s DARK ESSENCE RECORDS, coincidentally also on the 23rd September. The album will be somewhat special in that it will consist of six songs from the “Livets Ändhållplats” and “Angst” era in their original pre-production versions but with the addition of newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as Lars Fredrik Fröslie’s keyboards (ANGST SKVADRON, WOBBLER, ASMEGIN) which the band didn’t start using until their sixth album. The songs will be sung by six different vocalists, including Kvarforth himself. “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” will appear in CD format and limited edition black or white 12” vinyls, and is available to pre-order from “http://www.shininglegions.com/
More information about SHINING can be found on the band’s website at: www.shiningasylum.com
The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw