Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Shining (Black metal)




Niklas Kvarforth is not the first artist struggling with mental illness and related issues. The erratic Swede is also not the first musician whose inner demons are part of the creative genius. Yet in the world of metal, his band SHINING remains as a unique and outstanding act in terms of talent and musical excellence.

Never shy about his personal afflictions, Niklas Kvarforth is once again baring his tortured soul with 'X - Varg Utan Flock'. His anger, his confusion, his pain, and his torment are all becoming tangible on the tenth album in the band's long history. For a point of reference, the legendary 'V – Halmstad' release probably offers the most appropriate comparison. Yet all the influences SHINING fused into their previous masterpiece, 'IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends' (2015) are also still present. Eclectic influences from progressive rock, jazz, classical music, and even faint traces of pop have left their mark.

In addition to the broad musical spectrum on display, Niklas Kvarforth's deeply emotional laments emerging from the dark depths of his twisted mind go beyond the usual scale of metal bands in their great vocal scope and variety.

Founded in 1996 by Kvarforth, SHINING self-released 'Submit to Self-Destruction' in 1998 and spawned the term "suicidal black metal" with this debut 7". A couple years after first full-length, 'I - Within Deep Dark Chambers' (2000) and sophomore album, 'II - Livets Ändhållplats' (2001) had cut deep marks into the underground scene, Niklas replaced his whole crew, which started a continuous cycle of line-up changes. With MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer on board, 'III - Angst' (2003) and 'IV - The Eerie Cold' (2005) began to gather major press attention. At the same time, SHINING focused on bringing their vision and often controversially received live performances to Europe. Yet Kvarforth's mental health led to cancellations, physical and psychological fights within the band, and finally a break-up. Not content to let things rest after his breakdown, the restless singer returned with new members and the acclaimed masterpiece, 'V – Halmstad' in 2007. By then SHINING had reached headliner status and toured with other great acts such as SATYRICON and MAYHEM. Several line-up changes later, the Swede recorded two albums in one session: 'VI – Klagopsalmer' was released in 2009, to be followed by 'VII - Född Förlorare' two years later. The band also received their first gold disc for the single 'Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel' in Sweden. After rotating more musicians in and out, SHINING returned with ‘Redefining Darkness’ (2012) and a less aggressive, yet more sinister sound. Before signing to Season of Mist, the band released the project '8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd', which featured six of Kvarforth's favourite vocalists. In August 2014, SHINING entered Andy LaRocque's Sonic Train Studios to record their ninth album, 'IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends' as the sum of Niklas Kvarforth's musical evolution and experience. More line-up changes and breakdowns followed.

Yet Niklas Kvarforth clawed his way up from the depths once more and returned to Andy LaRocque and Sonic Train Studios to record another album. The result, 'X - Varg Utan Flock' is a musical masterpiece far beyond simple genre limitations and a shining tribute to the achievement that a troubled mind is capable of when driven by a passionate will to excel and overcome. Listen with respect.


Name Instrument
Niklas Kvarforth Vocals
Marcus Hammarström Bass
Peter Huss Guitar
Benny Bats Guitar
Frank Schilperoort Drums

Releases Season of Mist


X - Varg Utan Flock

General information
: Fri, Jan 05 2018
: Fri, Jan 05 2018
: Suicidal Metal
: SOM444
: available



General information
: Fri, Nov 24 2017
: Fri, Nov 24 2017
: Suicidal Metal
: SOM444EP
: available


IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends

General information
: Mon, Apr 20 2015
: Tue, Apr 21 2015
: Suicidal Metal
: SOM350
: available


VI – Klagopsalmer

General information
: Tue, Feb 09 2010
: Black Metal
: SOM724
: US and Canada only

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Sat, Apr 27 2019 SE Stockholm Stockholm Slaughter 2019
Sat, May 11 2019 UK London Incineration Fest 2019
Wed, May 15 2019 DE Oberhausen Helvete +SRD
Thu, May 16 2019 FR Paris Nouveau Casino +SRD
Fri, May 17 2019 FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur +SRD
Sun, May 19 2019 FR Grenoble L'Ampérage +SRD
Mon, May 20 2019 FR Toulouse Connexion Live +SRD
Tue, May 21 2019 ES Madrid Caracol +SRD
Wed, May 22 2019 ES Barcelona Boveda +SRD
Thu, May 23 2019 FR Marseille Jas Rod +SRD
Fri, May 24 2019 IT Verona Pika Future Club +SRD
Sat, May 25 2019 IT Bologna Alchemica Music Club +SRD
Sun, May 26 2019 DE Munich Backstage +SRD
Mon, May 27 2019 SL Kranj Trainstation Subart +SRD
Tue, May 28 2019 AT Vienna Viper Room +SRD
Wed, May 29 2019 HU Budapest Blue Hell +SRD
Thu, May 30 2019 PL Krakow Zet Pe Te Club +SRD
Fri, May 31 2019 PL Poznan U Bazyla +SRD
Sat, Jun 01 2019 DE Leipzig Hellraiser Club +SRD
Sun, Jun 02 2019 DE Erfurt Club From Hell +SRD
Tue, Jun 04 2019 DE Mannheim MS Connexion Comples +SRD
Wed, Jun 05 2019 DK Copenhagen Hotel Cecil +SRD
Thu, Jun 06 2019 DE Hamburg Kronensaal +SRD
Fri, Jun 07 2019 NL Groninghen Vera +SRD
Sat, Jun 08 2019 NL Utrecht Helling +SRD
Sun, Jun 09 2019 BE Kuurne Thronefest 2019
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