The following statement was issued today by SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth:"A lot of things have been happening recently with SHINING, and the rapid growth of the band over the last year, and the commitment that SHINING now requires of me, has meant that it has become impractical for me to continue working as vocalist with other bands. This includes my work with BETHLEHEM, who themselves realized that the band could not continue with myself on vocals. BETHLEHEM is still my all-time favorite band and I wish them all the best for the future. I will also be quitting as front man for DEN SAAKALDTE. "From now on, therefore, I will only be making occasional guest vocal appearances on albums by other bands, and my priority will be SHINING. My work with Maniac's band SKITLIV will not be affected, however, as the vocals and the bulk of the creative work is in his hands. "As always, myself and the band very much appreciate all the support the fans are giving SHINING and their patience in waiting for the release of [the new SHINING album] 'VII', and there will be some very good news regarding this very shortly." SHINING's seventh album, "VII / Född Förlorare" (English translation: "Born Loser"), will be released later in the year via Indie Recordings. "Shining VII - Född Förlorare" (English translation: "Born Loser") track listing: 01. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
02. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
03. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
04. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
05. I Nattens Timma
06. FFF Making guest appearances on the album are Erik Danielsson (WATAIN), Peter Bjargo (ARCANA) and NORDMAN. Fan-filmed video footage of SHINING's March 8, 2011 concert in Glasgow can be viewed below.