Ukrainian modern metallers JINJER will release a new studio album, "Wallflowers", on August 27 via Napalm Records.
Through their relentless hard work, non-stop international touring and critically acclaimed chart-topping releases gaining them over 250 million cross-platform streams/views, JINJER is one of modern metal's hottest and most exciting bands today. The band has become synonymous with doing things its own way and breaking every rule in the heavy metal handbook, which is loudly evident on its highly anticipated fourth studio album and the follow-up to "Macro".
Bassist Eugene Abdukhanov comments: "Growing creatively has always been a major goal for us. The day JINJER stops reaching for new musical horizons will be our last day as a band.
"We could have churned out what our peers expected us to do or produce 'Pisces' clones without end, but we've never done that and we never will. Instead, we wrote an album whose level of emotions range from the fiercest aggression we've ever had to the most intricate melodies and melancholic vibes you could ever get from our music. We decided to rip apart all possible stylistic boundaries without regard to financial success or competing with our previous albums.
"'Wallflowers' is a different kind of album musically and visually. It's about our identity as a band, as individuals and a clear statement that we are different from most artists… and that it is okay to do your own thing."
The first taste of the new album, a single called "Vortex", features Tatiana Shmayluk's vocal power entwining with the eclectic, propulsive spiral aura of the track, not only showcasing the four-piece's tonal diversity, but also proving their individuality once again. The accompanying music video holds up a black mirror to current world events: qualitatively in the absolute top league and featuring an interplay of potent band shots and virtual features, the four-minute track devours the viewer with destructive energy, and on the other hand represents the gloomy, absorbing mood and oppression of an entire period of time.
JINJER states: "'Vortex' is the first. The first song we recorded and the first single we played live (at 'Hellfest From Home' 2021). This is a perfectly balanced song in our opinion. A story told through the music and it deserved a video to perfectly match it... The video is a journey, giving the single another layer, another message, as Tatiana sings about the burden of heavy thoughts and how devastating it can be, the video mirrors what the world has sadly become for many of us…"
"Wallflowers" not only presents a methodical and premeditated next step in the band's already imposing career, but moreover, it mirrors the personal adversities they've faced due to the worldwide events over the last year. "Wallflowers" is an upgrade to the progressive groove metal sound that all JINJER fans crave as well as a sonic pressure cooker of technical musicianship, emotional fury and an intense soundtrack befitting the harrowing state of the world today.
Hailing from the conflict-ridden Ukrainian region of Donetsk but now calling Kiev their home base, JINJER truly do not mince words — or riffs — on "Wallflowers". Their exceptional precision of modern metal paired with tough as nails attitude has earned them a fiercely loyal, rabid fanbase and massive critical acclaim, making JINJER one of the most talked-about bands today and garnering them many sold out performances across the globe. With nearly all of JINJER's releases composed between vans, backstage rooms and constant touring, "Wallflowers" continues where "Macro" left off, only this time with less distraction and more time to focus on songwriting.
"Wallflowers" track listing:
01. Call Me a Symbol
06. Pearls and Swine
07. Sleep of the Righteous
09. Dead Hands Feel No Pain
10. As I Boil Ice
Catch JINJER headlining in North America this fall with support from special guests SUICIDE SILENCE and ALL HAIL THE YETI.
Tatiana Shmayluk - Vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov - Guitars
Eugene Abdukhanov - Bass
Vlad Ulasevich - Drums
Photo credit: Alina Chernohor