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    Posted: September 06 2008 at 23:02
As an avid listener to progressive rock since it's very early inception, I must say that I am very impressed with Shining from Norway, not the other Shining(Swedish black metal band).

If you took the first four King Crimson albums and blasted them into the 21st schizoid century, man you would have something that sounds a lot like Shining. I'm too old to dig new metal bands anymore, but Shining's thrash metal influences fit perfectly with their vision of a relevant and modern progressive rock sound.

Can anyone please recommend any bands that are similar, bands whose sound has ties to the past, but they still sound modern and totally kick-ass!!! I especially like Shining's use of woodwind instruments.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote febus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2008 at 23:58
Yes, you have the 21st Century Schizoid bandLOL, from IAN MCDONALD,,,,,,but no metal influences, only good old KCsoundLOLWink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AstralliS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 23 2010 at 11:21
I’m not really sure what a “blackjazzer” is, but it seemed like a cool thing to call a member of Shining, who just released their album Blackjazz, which blends death metal, jazz, and prog. Anyway, we talked to Torstein Lofthus, the band’s drummer, about his work with the band, his other projects (such as Elephant9) as well as his influences and some other stuff. Read the interview with Torstein HERE.
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I quite enjoyed Blackjazz as well, but I think they should go instrumental. The instrumental tracks (or the ones where the vocals were blended in rather than guiding the song) were by far the most impressive.
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I wonder what Whitejazz would sound like.
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^ 80% percent of ECM releases of the last three decades? LOL
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Originally posted by Easy Money

As an avid listener to progressive rock since it's very early inception, I must say that I am very impressed with Shining from Norway, not the other Shining(Swedish black metal band).

If you took the first four King Crimson albums and blasted them into the 21st schizoid century, man you would have something that sounds a lot like Shining. I'm too old to dig new metal bands anymore, but Shining's thrash metal influences fit perfectly with their vision of a relevant and modern progressive rock sound.

Can anyone please recommend any bands that are similar, bands whose sound has ties to the past, but they still sound modern and totally kick-ass!!! I especially like Shining's use of woodwind instruments.


John, still looking for such recommendations? Big smile
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Cinematic Zebra: You'll have to wait- next album is Chartreusejazz.
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Originally posted by Easy Money

As an avid listener to progressive rock since it's very early inception, I must say that I am very impressed with Shining from Norway, not the other Shining(Swedish black metal band).

If you took the first four King Crimson albums and blasted them into the 21st schizoid century, man you would have something that sounds a lot like Shining. I'm too old to dig new metal bands anymore, but Shining's thrash metal influences fit perfectly with their vision of a relevant and modern progressive rock sound.

Can anyone please recommend any bands that are similar, bands whose sound has ties to the past, but they still sound modern and totally kick-ass!!! I especially like Shining's use of woodwind instruments.
John, still looking for such recommendations? Big smile


Yes, I like Grindstone, but not Blackjazz so much. I liked them better as an instrumental group.
By the way, did anyone notice this thread went dead back in Sept 2008, I had forgotten all about it.
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Do you like /know ZU, John?
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Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Do you like /know ZU, John?

ZU who?   ... ha ha ... sorry ..ahem .. no I don't know them.
Actually there's lots of bands I don't know. Probably easiest to assume I don't know some band than do.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 23 2010 at 17:13
ZU's last album is comparable to what Shining were doing before they got extreme. They're Italian and were added to Avant, too. Most of the album is on YouTube.
















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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Hemulen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 24 2010 at 04:34
You can chalk me up as another fan of Shining who didn't much care for Blackjazz. Those vocals are a total barrier for me.

Shining is unequivocably splendid, though, just brimming over with ideas and energy.
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Originally posted by AstralliS

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Highly reccomended. Much more of a fan of them than Shining, and a perfect suggestion for the topicstarter (but three years late, so I guess he already knows them). 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 25 2010 at 01:00
Idk...I kinda like Blackjazz. I like the upage in heaviness and the more crazed sound. Its totally different to be sure, but I hope they continue to develop this style. My two complaints: Like most others the use of vocals. Its not that I find the vocals to be unlistenable or too harsh...its just they are essentially useless IMO. Don't really add anything. They make a good instrumental band. Second irk...the addition of the KC cover. 8+ minutes wasted on old music done averagely. Definitely would have preferred new music...regardless.
 
Zu are a pretty sweet band. Though Carboniferous reminds me more of Blackjazz than ITK... or Grindstone. Perhaps Igneo would be better? (Though I like Carboniferous alot more)  
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