It isn't every day the Norwegian music scene, or the international music scene for that matter, is graced by the likes of Shining's Blackjazz; an uncompromising, unconventional foray into the (black) metal genre:
A sound built up of grinding guitars, ferociously distorted vocals, menacing synthesizers and a set of bombarding drums. All leaving little breathing room for the listener - who as a result is constantly assaulted with an ear-shattering and heart-stopping record.
As off-putting as that might sound there are more than enough hooks to reel the listener in, and just enough experimentation to warrant a solid lasting value.
Perhaps the key aspect of Blackjazz' success is the tightly wound production, which is every bit as cutting edge and polished as the cover suggests.
Blackjazz may just as well lay the seeds of yet another subgenre of metal; elements of jazz, industrial and black metal are seamlessly put together in an utterly satisfying combination that is one of the best metal albums released in a long time.
Together with the well-known Kvelertak, they both might just prove that the more Norwegian musicians embrace their black metal roots, the more they stand to benefit from it, at least internationally.