100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Shining: Blackjazz (Indie Recordings / Distribution, 2/2/10)

Shining: “Fisheye”
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Beginning as an experimental acoustic jazz ensemble, Norway’s Shining — the brainchild of saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby — transformed to a progressive jazz-fusion outfit before delving into its darker side for a collaboration with black-metallists Enslaved.

Blackjazz pushes deeper into the band’s dark recesses, forging a progressive industrial sound for the young century.  Big, complex rock riffs, twisted through gnarly distortion, form the foundation and support a mass of frantic, whirring synth lines and gut-wrenching black-metal screams.  In all, Blackjazz is a new epic — and perhaps the best metal album of 2010.

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