Ukrainian metal quartet Jinjer have been steadily gaining traction over the past decade, culminating with the highly anticipated ‘Micro’ EP, which saw the group scale the Billboard charts.
Creatively energised and inspired from the release, the group have continued upon the same path just a handful of months later with their fourth full-length offering, ‘Macro’.
Led by Tatiana Shmailyuk‘s guttural roar, ‘On The Top’ spews jagged riffs and djent influenced verses before unfurling an open chorus that defies the preceding cluster of distortion and thundering drum beats. Displaying multiple layers, brought in part by guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov, it sets the stage for an ambitious and sprawling record.
Diving into their progressive death metal influences, ‘Pit Of Consciousness’ delivers twisted melodies and churning heaviness with ease. Supported by Eugene Abdiukhanov‘s wandering bass lines and Vladislav Ulasevich‘s double-kick heavy patterns, the track highlights Jinjer‘s knack for composing nuanced and bestial metal.
Taking a sharp left turn, ‘Judgement (& Punishment)’ combines laid-back reggae and biting metal. Navigated by tight musicianship and Shmailyuk‘s sharp delivery, the song not only blends the styles together seamlessly, but also does it naturally.
Not content with pushing the stylistic envelope, ‘Retrospection’ flies through time signatures and dual dialects with a confident swagger. The experimentation continues with ‘Pausing Death’, a track that showcases a back and forth between Shmailyuk‘s vocals and Ulasevich‘s intricate drum patterns.
As with any group intent on expanding their boundaries, naturally there are moments where the record falls short. As we reach ‘Noah’ and ‘Home Back’, both tracks rely on the vocals too heavily, but, that point aside, the unclean vocals found in the latter’s breakdown are delightfully heavy.
Returning at full force with ‘The Prophecy’, the quartet craft a final rush of biting vocals, aggressive riffs, and technically impressive drum patterns. Rarely letting up, the track curates multiple facets of extreme metal to create a roaring display of power.
Concluding with an electronic re-interpretation of the ‘Micro’ EP’s closer ‘Perennial’, ‘LainnereP’ creates an atmospheric and experimental avenue for the group to explore. Ending on a bleak and restrained note, the track closes the scathing record expectedly.
Ambitious and uncompromising, ‘Macro’ delivers on its anticipation and expands past any expectations that you may have on Jinjer. Proving that they’re much more than a viral sensation, the quartet have created a record that growls and grooves in equal measure.
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