Ukrainian progressive metallers Jinjer are back with a brand new EP after their relatively successful third full-length record, 2016’s ‘King Of Everything’.
Flitting from ethereal vocals to gut-wrenchingly horrific screams from Tatiana Shmailyuk, the sound on ‘Micro’ builds on the layers that Jinjer have amassed since their inception ten years prior.
‘Ape’ houses some incredibly technical guitar work before integrating harrowed screeches and numerous pace changes. In a similar vein to System Of A Down, the next segment of the song showcases some odd time signature changes alongside exceptionally beautiful clean vocal tones and a driving riff that continues the different edge to the track.
Black metal blast beats are littered all over this release, especially during the aforementioned opening track and ‘Dreadful Moments’. The constant mixture of styles and sounds never confuses, and only serves to heighten the uniqueness. On the latter, the chorus has an almost soulful feel to the atmospherics before Shmailyuk breaks down the calmness with death metal ferocity.
While ‘Teacher, Teacher!’ is very much hip-hop and (whisper it) nu-metal-influenced with some catchy vocals on the chorus, it contains an overall doomy guitar tone which brings an air of foreboding disaster before the EP concludes in a gentle and anthemic manner with ‘Perennial’, showing that the band can craft exceedingly good structures within their music, alongside racking over a quarter of a million YouTube hits in just one day.
With excellent production throughout, ‘Micro’ might be the most accessible release that Jinjer have put their name to, encompassing a variety of styles which suit a wide range of alternative music fans. With a fourth full-length record hopefully just around the corner, the future is looking really exciting for Jinjer.
After getting into alternative music during the mid 90s with the rise of nu-metal and pop-punk, I’ve gradually spread my interests far and wide and have a real love for metalcore, prog metal and tech metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!