"Shining" is a Swedish black metal band formed in 1996, that incorporate many doom metal elements in their music. Due to the depressive undertones of their music and the mostly suicide-themed lyrics, Shining are often referred to as "suicidal black metal".
The band split-up in August 2004 and the fourth album, ''IV / Eerie Cold'', was supposed to be the last, but the band reformed later the same year with a new line-up capable of live shows. The fifth album, which was at first going to be called ''V / Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni'' but was later changed to ''V / Halmstad'', is scheduled to be released in June or August 2006.
Shining openly promotes suicide and self-harm in all its forms (e.g. drugs) in their lyrics. The founder and the sole constant member of the band, "Niklas Kvarforth", has claimed with content that there have been some cases of people committing suicide at least partially under influence of Shining's music.
The band's name does not refer to the book ''The Shining'' or the film based on it, but according to Kvarforth it means "the path to enlightenment".
*Niklas Kvarforth - Vocals, Keyboard (previously also Guitar and Bass)