MARK BOALS On Partnership with LABYRINTH’s OLAF THORSEN on SHINING BLACK Project: “I Had No Idea We Would Click So Well”

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Released on March 18, 2022, “Postcards from the End of the World” is the sophomore effort of Shining Black. The band was formed as a collaboration between vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt) and guitarist Ölaf Thorson (Labyrinth, Vision Divine). Completing the lineup are Oleg Smirnoff on keyboards & piano, Nik Mazzucconi on bass, and Matt Peruzzi on drums. Picking up where their self-titled debut left off, “Postcards from the End of the World” explores a wide range of styles: from the power metal undertones of “A Hundred Thousand Shades of Black”, through the prog ballad “Like Leaves of November” or the death metal vibe of “We Are Death Angels”, the listener is taken on an incredibly rewarding journey.

The combination of Boals’ lung-busting vocals and Thorson’s blistering guitar skills was meant to come into fruition in 2014, when Boals was invited to join Thorson’s band, Labyrinth. Conflicts of schedule prevented that from happening, and so the pair took their time to initiate their collaboration. After the debut album of Shining Black was released, it was clear that the partnership could go way further. With two albums under their belts now, the time seems fitting for them to start discussing live shows.

Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf had the chance to sit down with Mark Boals to discuss all things Shining Black, his time working with Yngwie Malmsteen, opening for AC/DC and much more. Listen or watch to their chat below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and  subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.


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