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The band JINJER was originally formed in 2009 by Maksym FATULLAIEV (vocals), Dmitriy OKSEN (rhythm guitar) and Vyacheslav OKHRIMENKO. However, the band considers 2010 as their founding year when Tatiana SHMAILYUK took over vocal duties and Roman IBRAMKHALILOV was brought in as lead guitarist. The band continued to work on their sound and style and in 2011, recruited bassist Eugene ABDUKHANOV. Drummer OKHRIMENKO was replaced by Oleksandr KOZIYCHUK in 2011. A year later, they released their debut EP "Inhale, Do Not Breathe" and they continued to tour heavily paying for everything with their own money. They were picked up by The Leaders Records who re-issued their debut EP in 2013, the same year they also won the Best Ukranian Metal Act award in 2013 and then again in 2016. They self-released their next album "Cloud Factory" in 2014, and, after self-promoting and touring, they eventually signed on with Napalm Records. After several drummer changes, the band finally found Vladislav ULASEVICH in 2016 who is their current drummer and finally cementing their current quartet.

The band is well known for their unique styles of progressive metalcore which also combines other genres such as R&B, soul, funk, jazz, reggae, groove metal and djent. Tatiana's ability to quickly change her singing style from clean to harsh vocals have resulted in viral videos and, with Eugene's 5-string bass which creates some interesting effects, JINJER's style has an unmistakable sound that has earned them fans all over the world. They cite several influences to their sound including SLAYER, DEATH, PANTERA, ANATHEMA, GUANO APES, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA, TWELVE FOOT NINJA, OPETH, KARNIVOOL, TEXTURES, CYPRESS HILL and HOUSE OF PAIN.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Cloud Factory
4.00 | 4 ratings
King of Everything
3.67 | 3 ratings
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Alive in Melbourne

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Crowd Factory

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Then They Appear
2.05 | 2 ratings
Inhale, Do Not Breathe
3.00 | 2 ratings

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 King of Everything by JINJER album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 4 ratings

King of Everything
Jinjer Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by rogerthat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Jinjer shot to fame within the metal world with a video of a live session performance of the song Pisces (which is one of the tracks on this album King of Everything) recorded at Istok Studio in Kiev, Ukraine. The vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk's incredible, unbelievable transitions from smooth clean vocals rendered in the vein of Gathering's Anneke Van Giersbergen to blood curling death growls. Additionally, her growls are deeper (like a male singer's growl) where typically female singers have a more high pitched, raspier growl. While the song was already there on the album, just watching the vocalist transition on video made the metal world go into raptures. And ever since, Jinjer has become like a well kept secret among metal musicians/singers. You suggest Jinjer to them (as I did) and they will share raving reviews about them (so they already know). The above mentioned video of Pisces as well as the video of Judgment and Punishment from Jinjer's 2018 release Macro are also popular among online vocal coaches who post reaction videos.

The song itself is brilliant not just for Tatiana's undeniably marvelous vocals but also for the versatility of the musicians and the beautifully conceived musical transitions. It is not just Tatiana who renders clean vocals in the vein of Anneke. The accompanying music too is in the vein of The Gathering with lovely guitar textures and very restrained, soft work on the drums. And then, they shift nimbly and literally at the flick of a switch to a brutal metal passage as Tatiana gets into growls. The vocal melody for the 'clean' portion is quite beautiful too.

In short, if every song on this album was as good as Pisces, this would be an unmatchable masterpiece of progressive metal with few peers. Yeah, not kidding.

Unfortunately, much of the rest, while extremely competently conceived and rendered, is much more generic. I have trouble distinguishing the other songs even after listening to the album several times. This is because where Pisces achieves a brilliant light and shade effect by contrasting the clean, atmospheric mellow sections with the 'growled' ones, the other songs offer a much more straight up, unrelenting brutal metal attack.

If anything, I find it quite strange that a band that could write a song as masterful as Pisces would not have waited a bit for more inspiration to kick in and write songs of a similar caliber. By that, I don't mind more Gathering-meets-Morbid Angel songs. I just mean songs that similarly open up incredible possibilities for metal.

This is not an unreasonable expectation for Judgment and Punishment is similarly stunning without evoking Gathering in the slightest. That is, Pisces is hardly a fluke. The band is certainly capable of more such brilliant, pathbreaking music. Well, I suppose the other, more straight up songs draw the metal fans into their shows so they serve their purpose alright.

But for this perhaps unreasonable and demanding reviewer, more of Pisces would have taken the album into a whole other tier of greatness. As it stands, I am going to reward the experimentation of Pisces with a four while noting that I would only give a three for the rest of the album.

 Inhale, Do Not Breathe by JINJER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
2.05 | 2 ratings

Inhale, Do Not Breathe
Jinjer Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

2 stars JINJER (pronounced like "ginger") started out as a melodic metalcore band having formed in Gorlovka near Donetsk, Ukraine in 2009 but has evolved into a more progressive metalcore band in the vein of bands like Between The Buried And Me. After releasing the debut EP "Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear," the band struggled to find its own distinct sound until the addition of bassist Eugene Abdukhanov, lead guitarist Roman Ibramkhaliov and new lead singer Tatiana Shmailyuk.

The fist release to come out with this lineup was the EP titled INHALE, DON'T BREATHE which originally featured seven tracks but subsequent versions also included three extra live bonus tracks. For whatever reason the EP only shows five tracks on JINJER's Bandcamp page. At this stage JINJER featured no progressive features in its compositions and squarely fit into the world of melodic metalcore with a groove metal flow including a few deviations into alternative rock during brief slower moments. The most distinct feature of the band is probably the fact that this style of extreme metal is fronted by a female singer.

This band has been quite popular in its native Ukraine as it became more varied over its three album run but at this point the band had pretty much only gotten its head around being a band and was content simply sailing in the groove fueled metalcore style that served as an underpinning of its later releases and the band wouldn't really take off until 2016's "KIng Of Everything." Not much to say about this one. The tracks are a bit too similar as the same groove and chord progressions pretty much haunt every track and the same tradeoff between clean and shouted extreme vocals never deviates from the plan.

I can't say this is my favorite style of metal first of all but i can appreciate some good metalcore that infuses heavy doses of creativity in unexpected ways however JINJER does none of that one this early offering and wouldn't really branch out for a few more years. For my ears this is a pretty average if not dull example of melodic metalcore that sounds very amateurish and uninspiring however there is nothing absolutely horrible either. It's just that there is no variation between tracks and the one-trick pony show gets old very quickly. Probably interesting for true fans of the band who need to explore the origins but honestly i don't like the band's name, don't like its sound and am confident i'll never be retreading this generic grounds again.

2.5 rounded down

Thanks to tcat for the artist addition.

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