Shining have announced their brand new album, entitled Animal and set for release on October 19 through Spinefarm Records.
“I was tired of doing the same thing,” frontman Jørgen Munkeb explains. “I was done with ‘Blackjazz’ and wanted to create something new and exciting. I needed a change. I’m finally at the point where I have nothing to lose and everything to win. We had 360 degrees to play with so we could’ve gone in any direction. This new record is more Muse than Meshuggah, more Ghost than Gojira, and more Biffy Clyro than Burzum!”
Shining have shared two songs from the album (listen below), about the title track “Animal“, Jørgen comments: “When we wrote Animal, we knew that we would want to announce the album with that song! It’s just such a fun and rocking number, and I also can’t wait to open our live shows with it! Wolf howl, and GO!”
Second track, “Everything Dies“, was initially released last year, but this latest version has been mixed & mastered for the new album. Jørgen adds: “It was the first song we recorded for this album. It covers the mid-tempo heavy part of the record and is also a great lyrical centre-piece.”
Although the new album was once again produced by Shining and their long-time associate Sean Beavan (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, etc.), esteemed studio guru Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Papa Roach), son of the legendary Kevin, was brought in to complete the final mix.
Animal follows Shining’s International Black Jazz Society studio album  – also released on Spinefarm Records – on October 19 worldwide.