Thrash Hits

January 18th, 2015

Sunday Slaylist: Shining – Blackjazz

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It’s cold. We don’t want to go outside to the shop to buy milk. Our old, old bodies hurt with the mere stress of getting out of bed in the morning. Perhaps that’s why we’re feeling all nostalgic for a time long ago when that wasn’t the case. Well, not that long ago – 2010, in fact. For this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist, we’re throwing a spotlight back on a record that came out five years ago today exactly – Blackjazz by Shining.

Although Blackjazz was the fifth studio album by the Norwegian five piece (not to be confused with the identically-named Swedish trio), it was most definitely the first that garnered them attention outside the nice little niche in avant-garde metal that Jørgen Munkeby and co. had been carving out for themselves. While their earlier records had captured the various elements of Shining’s musical intent, it was only really with Blackjazz that the band were able to finally melt them together into a sleek and sophisticated hybrid.

REMEMBER – if you subscribe to our Weekly Slaylist in Spotify you’ll automatically get the new Slaylist every time we update it. You don’t have to do anything and BOSH new Slaylists for you. We’ve also got every single past Slaylist safely archived, if one of our previous ones really tickled your fancy – check them all out here.

Spotify is available to most of Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and a load of other countries for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out £10 a month for Spotify’s Premium package, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify…go buy a copy of Blackjazz as it’s an ace record.