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3 stars Submit to Selfdestruction is an 7" EP release by Swedish progressive black metal act Shining. The EP was originally limited to 300 hand-numbered copies but has since been released as part of the Through Years of Oppression (2004) compilation album which is easier to find. Needless to say that the original version is a rare collectors item.

The music on the 13:33 minute long two track EP is atmospheric and heavy, slow- to mid paced black metal. Endless Solitude is a slow and epic track with some haunting/ melancholic ( "I´m in severe emotional pain") raspy vocals while Submit to Self Destruction is a mid-tempo heavy track. Quite powerful that one. The atmosphere/ mood in both songs are very melancholic/ depressive and at first I actually found the vocals a bit pathetic but they´ve grown on me. The production is raw and a bit primitive but still very enjoyable and powerful. The musicianship isn´t the most sharp thing on this EP, but the focus is on atmosphere and emotion, so I can live with less tight musicianship.

Submit to Selfdestruction is a surprisingly good first release by Shining but still mostly for the fans and a 2.5 - 3 star rating is deserved.

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Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Submit To Self-Destruction' - Shining (5/10)

Recorded and released while Niklas Kvarforth was still making his way through the angsty teenage years, 'Submit To Self-Destruction' opens the journey of Shining on an exceptionally lo-fi note. As a self-produced, adolescent demo, this is a far cry from the professional, progressive act that the band would evolve into less than a decade later. As a thirteen minute sample of Shining's music, there is not much to write about here. 'Endless Solitude' takes a more emotional approach when compared to the more riff-oriented title track. The musicianship is fairly amateurish, but not sloppy. The production of 'Submit To Self- Destruction' is incredibly muffled as one would expect from a black metal band at this stage, and in order to listen to it properly, I found it necessary to turn the volume knob far past what I'm used to. It is a quiet, unclear wave of sound, but the songwriting on Shining's demo makes this a small slice of the band's work that deserves to be checked out by the band's fans. Kvarforth's vocal delivery is tortured and impressive, especially considering he was in his teens when this was released. It won't inspire a great deal of admiration outside of Shining's fanbase, but as early demos go, I've been pleasantly surprised by Shining.

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