Dark melancholy gothic rock/metal band Outshine (Gothenburg Sweden) has had one of the rockiest histories you could imagine. Outshine has released 4 albums starting 2007, done 7th US tours between 2005-2018 and numerous European tours. The band started out in 1995 (though the embryo of the band started already 1992 under the name Dead By Dawn) when founder, guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Boman but more as a studio project until 2002.
Moving forward they released "Prelude to Descent" fall 2013 with great reviews, did a Scandinavian tour with Gothic Metal icons Paradise Lost but got robbed when arriving back home from the tour that created a turmoil of issues, deceptions and fights that didn´t end until 2016.
During 2015 a new album “1313” started to take form but numerous re-recordings and band members changes pushed the release date nearly 4 years.
The new album entitled “1313” was finally released in February 2018 (GAIN/SONY) after years of lawsuits with Swedish tax authorities (won in court spring 2017), band member deceptions, murder threats and trials concerning lost property. A mayhem of anxiety was finally over? No quite...
The release of “1313” was followed by a new tour, this time in the Ireland & UK in February 2018 again with Paradise Lost. But after the tour turmoil struck the band and the departure of the singer Tony Jelencovich went ugly and there was no other way out then to cancel the "1313" release and start over.
- 2020 -
Finally, at peace, the band is now releasing new singles and videos for the songs "Love Is Dead" and "Nightcall" and founder and guitarist Jimmy Boman (Ex-Norberg) has taken on the vocals. "Love Is Dead" & "Nightcall" is marking a direction back to the dark, gothic metal roots Outshine once came from and the re-build has now started.
The band, Jimmy Boman (ex-Norberg) (guitars, vocals) and Niklas Ingvarsson (bass), joined by Andreas Larsson (session-drums) and Pär Arvidsson (session-guitars), is now working on a new album and a re-work on some of the songs on "1313". The sound will be different, more of a Sisters Of Mercy/Type O Negative feel to it and with a darker, melancholy feel to it. The new not yet titled album will be produced by Kenny Boufadene at Studio Meltdown and recorded at Grand Recordings in Gothenburg. The band is currently also looking for a label.
- Statement about the new approach on Outshine and taking over the vocals -
Jimmy Boman (Ex-Norberg) (founder, vocalist and guitarist) statement about the upcoming new singles "Love Is Dead" & "Nightcall", the cancelled album "1313" and the direction in which Outshine is heading:
“Well, this is perhaps a bit harsh, but I really don´t like how the world is developing as of now and I got a firsthand look with the latest recruitment in Outshine that ended in total disaster. My feeling is that mankind is more and more similar to a plague, just trying to take advantage of everything that comes our way, very similar to any locust that is draining all resources then moves on.
Finger-pointing and blaming is spreading like a wild-fire, everybody gets offended by everything and everybody claim their rights rather than thinking about their responsibilities. All the lies, fake news, jolly and fast excitements that "please" people in TV, social media are corrupting critical thinking. Politics is taking advantage of this situation and trying to put people against each other to avoid criticism and to be able to control people. Divide and conquer has never been more accurate.
Obscene consumption is leading to depression, obesity, poverty, making people stupid and it creates bigger gaps between wealthy and poor. All this insanity is in my mind also generating the right-wing motion and facist lefty movement we see all over the world.
We need to start questioning the system, the "reality" which is just polluting us as strong individuals and making us weak and easy to manipulate. Together the common man can make a difference, as it is now we are all just being used as puppets in a freak show.”
- Line-up 2020 -
Vocals, guitars, keys
Bass, backing vocals
Andreas "Adde" Larsson