One of black metal’s coldest bands will release one of 2018’s first albums. Shining’s 10th studio album, X - Varg Utan Flock, will be unleashed Jan. 5 via Season of Mist and the new track "Jag Är Din Fiende" is available to stream right now!

For over 20 years, Shining have been redefining darkness with a style fans have dubbed “suicidal black metal.” Vocalist Niklas Kvarforth has repeatedly stated that Shining’s music is written with the purpose of cerebrally harming the listener. Though some Shining songs are undeniably beautiful, some cuts have been deemed “unlistenable” for even the most dedicated fans due to feelings of intense depression and anxiety being conjured by the music.

The album’s title, Varg Utan Flock, translates to Wolf Without a Pack. ”The third track, 'Jag Är Din Fiende', from our upcoming tenth album embodies everything that Shining represents on a musical level,” says Kvarforth. “An uncompromising mix of high and low tainted with a sinister atmosphere of horrible unease. Lyrically, this track speaks of the need and means for retribution, making not only this, but the album overall, infused with a nightmarish maliciousness and a pitch-black hatred that hasn't been as prominent on our earlier albums. There is a war coming and this is our statement on what we have in store for you!”

Before X - Varg Utan Flock is released next year, Shining will deliver a two-song EP, Fiende, with the opening track, "Jag Är Din Fiende,” (“I Am Your Enemy”) streaming in the player above right now! Side B of the EP will showcase a cover of The Coffinshakers’ “No Rest for the Wicked.” Fiende will be unveiled Nov. 24.

The X - Varg Utan Flock album cover and track listing will be revealed soon. To grab a copy of the Fiende EP, click here.

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