Shining – Animal

The dilemma most bands face is whether to progress or not. AC/DC have made a very successful career out of sticking to the same formula; so too have Slayer. Conversely, bands like Rush, Voivod and Mastodon have followed the path of constant change and innovation, and done well as a result.

Shining have chosen, on ‘Animal’, a radically different path from the ‘black jazz’ of previous releases. Some ‘black jazz’ fans will not like this change, but for the fair-minded listeners, there is much to like here, not least the fact that is a very strong set of songs.

Shining will lose some fans, but gain more. They are in it for the long haul.

Spinefarm Records

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (

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