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Shining: Live Blackjazz

Read "Live Blackjazz" reviewed by John Kelman

With Blackjazz (Indie Recordings, 2009), the transformation of Norway's Shining from metal-tinged jazz fusion into something, well, other was complete. An ear-shattering combination of death metal/grindcore growls, crunching guitars, John Bonham-style drums reinvented for the new millennium, outrageous virtuosity and progressive rock complexities, this brainchild of guitarist/saxophonist/vocalist Jørgen Munkeby--here, as with everyone in the group, referred ...

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Shining: Blackjazz

Read "Blackjazz" reviewed by John Kelman

Few groups have been as inherently frightening from the get-go as art rock progenitor King Crimson, in particular tracks like “Cirkus," from Lizard (DGM Live, 1970), “The Devil's Triangle," from In the Wake of Poseidon (DGM Live, 1970) and, perhaps most iconically, “21st Century Schizoid Man," the opening track to the group's opening salvo, In the ...

Trinacria: Now Travel Journey Infinitely

Read "Now Travel Journey Infinitely" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

What happens if you cross a macho, brutal metal outfit with a duo of fearless female improvisers? Someone in Rikskonsertene, the Norwegian National Concert Institute, probably had a vague idea, otherwise Trinacria, named after the ancient symbol of an eye enclosed by a pyramid (as shown on the American dollar), would not have been born.