Ihsahn’s amazing record After is easily the album I’ve listened to most in 2010, but one that’s giving it a run for its money is Shining‘s Blackjazz. The Norwegian band has no relation to the Swedish black metal outfit of the same name, but interestingly they do have a relation to Ihsahn. Shining’s vocalist, guitarist and saxaphonist Munkeby lends his sax skills to Ihsahn’s After, one of the many subtle twists that makes that album such a great listen.

Shining just released a video for the track “The Madness And The Damage Done.” It’s one of the more straight forward tracks on Blackjazz but it’s still pretty fuckin’ out there, and even though the video is a pretty standard live performance clip I’m enjoying seeing for the first time how the band performs and looks. Blackjazz is out now on Indie Recordings in Europe and The End Records in the U.S.


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