Best Songs from Shining's Blackjazz

Shining is a Norwegian avant-garde music band from Oslo. Thirteen musicians have been a part of the band's line-up in its history, with singer, guitarist, saxophonist and songwriter Jørgen Munkeby as its leading force and only constant member. Blackjazz is their 5th album. This band is a geuinely creepy, unsettling one in almost every song from this album.

The Top Ten

1 Fisheye

I love the drums on this track. The main riff is absolutely amazing and is heightened by the presence of the saxophone. This is also by far the most focused track on the album and the phrase 1 3 7 5 will not leave your head easily. - kempokid

2 Healter Skelter

The saxophone is extremely good on a technical level, and sounds amazing as the leading instrument of the song, despite how discordant it is. It sounds like a group of clowns being beaten to death, yet somehow sounds amazing. - kempokid

3 Exit Sun

The riffs here are offbeat, yet still quite good. The distorted vocals are a quite hard on the ears, but the way the song becomes higher pitched, including the riff makes it interesting as well as almost scary at points, with the riff making you feel as if someone is creeping up behind you. - kempokid

4 21st Century Schizoid Man

Well, one of my favourite songs of all time being covered by such a strange band was a nice thing to discover, and I find this version to be extremely good. I feel like this is the equivalent to what people in 1969 felt the song sounded like. The middle section becomes cacophonous, which is fitting considering how chaotic the original song already was, a worthy cover in my opinion. - kempokid

5 The Madness and the Damage Done

This is just an absolutely uncompromising, chaotic piece of music with some excellent digital noises and extremely distorted guitar. - kempokid

6 Omen

This sounds straight out of a horror movie at parts, with the high pitched, droning notes creating an extremely dark tone. It also has the second best saxophone work on the album. - kempokid

7 Blackjazz Deathtrance

The background noise was something that went through the entire song, constantly getting into your head when everything quietens down. The song is an all round display of both technicality and songwriting, with some amazing riffs and solos thrown in. This one keeps switching between insane and eerie, with the ending channeling pure fury into every word said. - kempokid

8 The Madness and the Damage Done, Pt. 1

The inclusion of violin was unexpected, and the way it built up while maintaining the exact same riff was cool. I liked it connected to The Madness and the Damage Done was cool as well. - kempokid

9 Exit Sun, Pt. 1

Just a 50 second interlude, it's nothing that special, although it does make a great ending to Exit Sun - kempokid

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