« It's Shining’s mainstream edition, which brings me to the true question posed with this album : what if this were the least-expected direction from the band ? What if, all things considered, they have actually succeeded in being unpredictable through simplicity ? » -Metalstorm.net
Who the f**k is Jørgen Munkeby? You might find him blowing fire through his sax with ex-Megadeth guitar icon Marty Friedman, or spot him playing keyboards with legendary Norwegian black metal band Emperor. From his early days with Norse electro-jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist to his breakthrough as metal’s chief saxophone-wielding renegade, Jørgen Munkeby is a unique figure in modern music, and he’s about to make his most audacious move yet.
“This time around, I really wanted to do something new and excitin’. This new record is more Muse than Meshuggah, more Ghost than Gojira, and more Biffy Clyro than Burzum ! ” explains Munkeby. Animal is both a massive surprise for Shining fans and an album that promises to send Munkeby’s crew rocketing up the rock’n’roll ladder. It touches upon their leader’s own personal struggles – not least his father’s recent near-death brush with ill-health – while also offering a hopeful and positive view of the future and its limitless possibilities. “The first songs I wrote were about death and grief, or the consequences for people left behind. Then when I thought I’d processed that sufficiently, I needed to write some party songs !”
Restless. Fearless. Unpredictable. Revolutionary.