Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Jørgen Munkeby Of Shining

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.

The topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry written by Jørgen Munkeby from Norway’s Shining.

Instead of digging for underground bands in one genre that deserves a wider audience, I have chosen to find not-so-underground bands in a wide variety of genres, to match my own taste for different music.

Meshuggah
This Swedish band has made a unique genre of their own, although there are a whole generation of metal musicians trying to copy them. If you haven’t heard these guys before, you should check them out. Their albums are all pretty much alike, so it doesn’t really matter what album you check out.

Brad Paisley
This guy is probably one of the biggest country stars currently alive, if not the biggest, but if you still haven’t heard of him (there’s still a good chance you have not), I think you should give it a listen. I started with the album This Is Country Music, and so can you.

If you’re a sucker for great and melodic guitar playing with a good balance between tight rhythmic phrases and looser singing lines, Brad’s your guy. If your a sucker for great singing, Brad’s your guy. If you’re a sucker for just great songs, Brad’s your guy.

Shining
If you haven’t heard of this kick-ass cool band from Norway, you should really dig up one of their latest albums and give it a spin! In 2010 they started calling their music Blackjazz. If that name doesn’t ignite your interest, give them listen anyhow! It’s a mix between jazz and metal, with a heavy industrial twist.

And, for the sake of transparency: I play in the band myself, write all the songs, and do most of the interviews (as you see).

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