Riff-Mag.com conducted an interview with Swedish extreme metallers SHINING at this year’s edition of the Hellfest festival, which was held June 15-17 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.
SHINING recently announced the addition of two new touring members — Euge Valovirta on guitar and Rainer Tuomikanto on drums.
Some of you might have already spotted Euge on SHINING‘s previous gigs in Germany and Finland. Not only is he known to be one of the greatest guitarists in Finland, but, along with Peter Huss, he is also one of the most versatile players SHINING‘s live touring has ever witnessed.
Rainer is mostly known of his innovative approach to drumming; combining elements of bombastic groove, hard-hitting solid beats and lightning-fast execution to unbelievably energetic live performances.
Rainer made his live debut with SHINING on June 15 at the Metaltown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
SHINING last month released an EP of cover songs with a choice of material that came as a surprise to many of the band’s fans. The four-track EP, titled “Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt”, includes tracks from KATATONIA, KENT, IMPERIET and POETS OF THE FALL.
While KATATONIA is an internationally recognized name, KENT and Thåström‘s IMPERIET are relatively unknown outside of Sweden, where they are two of the country’s biggest names, and POETS OF THE FALL is a Finnish band with a substantial following in their own country. Cover art is by Pauline Greefhorst.
Commenting on the decision to release an EP of covers, as well as on the choice of material, SHINING‘s frontman and founder Niklas Kvarforth had this to say: “In no way should this EP be seen as a new direction for SHINING, and it is absolutely no indication of what you can expect from our upcoming eighth album. Like most musicians neither myself, nor the rest of the band, restrict ourselves to listening to only one genre of music. We all have eclectic tastes, and finding ourselves with some spare time in the studio, we recorded a total of six covers, and decided to release four of them. This EP simply represents some of the artists and music that we like. We know that those fans of SHINING who limit themselves to a narrow musical spectrum will hate the album, but that really is of no concern to us.”
SHINING‘s as-yet-untitled eighth full-length album will be released in the fall.