Ukraine-based, female-fronted "groove metal" band JINJER has released the song "Pisces" off its latest album, "King Of Everything", as a special live session video.
Commented the group: "I believe we had this idea to record a new version of 'Pisces' when we first rehearsed the song with Vlad Ulasevich as a new drummer. His drumming makes the song sound really different. So we finally had some free time last winter, we went to Istok studio in Kiev, did a live recording and shooting, then added over some extra lines, like a few backing vocals and guitars, then Max from Morton Studio made this new magnificent version of mixing and here we are — 'Pisces' video. I hope you will enjoy it!"
"Pisces" is taken from JINJER's third album, "King Of Everything", which was released last July via Napalm Records.
JINJER bassist Eugene Kostyuk told Metal Horizons in an interview that his band doesn't like being compared to other female-fronted groups. He explained: "Firstly, we don't actually see the point in differentiating a band by a gender of a front person. It's music and it doesn't have a dick, tits or whatsoever. It is higher than this. However, our music has balls, if you know what I mean. Secondly, I personally hate what that 'female-fronted' devision turned into now — a bunch of naked and voiceless chicks doing a peep show on stage. I am not saying all of them, but quite a lot... so we prefer to stand aside."
Kostyuk also talked about JINJER's musical influences. He said: "Oh, there are lot of them. I think it is reasonable to start from out early years inspirations. Back [in] those days, ten [or] fifteen years ago it was GUANO APES for Tatiana [Shmailyuk, vocals] definitely, [and] SLAYER, DEATH, PANTERA for all of us. I used to be a big fan of doom metal. Actually, Tatiana loves ANATHEMA too. She and I are big fans of OPETH, my favorite band of all times. Roman [Ibramkhalilov, guitar] loves LAMB OF GOD. We all listen a lot to GOJIRA, KARNIVOOL, TWELVE FOOT NINJA and TEXTURES. Tati also listens a lot to non-metal music; she loves soul, rhythm and blues, funk and jazz. We are fond of tons of different music... It often happens that we listen to CYPRESS HILL and HOUSE OF PAIN in our tour van."
Regarding the JINJER name, Eugene said: "There was no real meaning at first, as far as I know. The thing is that none of us was in the band when it was called JINJER, but from I was told, it was just name. You know, when parents name a child John, they don't usually put anything in it, just a good name. Though later on, fans found a sort of a meaning, namely associating it with a distorted guitar sound: 'jin-jer-jin-jer.'"