In less than 10 years, the four-piece Progressive Groove metal wrecking machine known as JINJER have carved their very own place in the Heavy Metal landscape and are poised to go even further in 2019 and beyond. Hailing from Donetsk, this Ukrainian musical oddity formed in 2009 but consider the official start of the band with the addition of the incredible vocalist and Femme Fatale Tatiana Shmayluk in 2010. The band labored intensively and honed their sound in practice rooms and local stages relentlessly, culminating in their now cult-embraced first album release, Inhale, Don’t Breathe, in 2012. The following year, JINJER were nominated and won Best Ukrainian Metal Band. They would be awarded this prize again a few years later.
While most bands from a country not exactly known for its Heavy Metal exports would be content to enjoy the little recognition received in those first few years, it was clear that JINJER craved more and were willing to go the extra mile to make this happen. It was this attitude and clear vision that pushed the band to quickly write and release their second album, Cloud Factory (2014), and venture into the international touring market for the first time, booking their own shows and building their reputation face to face, fan to fan – and more importantly – under their own terms.
It was this intensity that caught the attention of Napalm Records, who quickly signed JINJER, leading to the release of their critically acclaimed third album, King Of Everything (2016), as well as the game changing breakout single and video for “Pisces”, which gained the band new fans, millions of views/streams and countless reaction videos on YouTube. King Of Everything showcased the musical prowess and growth of the entire band while opening the floodgates to a bigger international touring circuit, which JINJER gladly took advantage of. By the end of nearly two years of non-stop touring in Europe, JINJER added new territories such as Israel, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and most of Latin America, while sharing festival stages and touring with the likes of Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth and DevilDriver, to mention a few.
Somewhere between touring vans, roadside pit stops, backstage rooms, sound checks, hotel rooms, visa applications, and flights to new tour destinations, JINJER buried themselves in the rehearsal room once again to compose five brand new tracks for what would become the Micro
EP, written not only for the fans but for themselves, as they needed something new to keep their sanity on the road. Released on January 11, 2019 and coinciding with the start of their European Tour with Soilwork and Amorphis, the Micro EP was received with open arms from fans and critics alike and spawned instant favorites “Ape” and “Perennial”, climbed to the top of many industry charts and radio station lists worldwide, and once again showcased the musical depth and songwriting talent of the band, as well as Tatiana’s amazing vocal range.
Not a band to be topped, later that same year, JINJER turned right around with their next full-length album, Macro, which dropped on October 25th 2019 and saw the band breakout bigger than ever before, further kickstarting their position as the most massive burgeoning name in the international heavy metal scene. With stellar accompanying music videos, the album yielded now-colossal singles “Judgement (& Punishment)”, “On The Top”, “Pit Of Consciousness”, and more, and saw the band not only reach massive benchmarks in international charting, streaming and media recognition (scoring many worldwide cover stories and key appearances), but also radio success – reaching #1 at NACC and #1 on SiriusXM’s Devil’s Dozen in the United States. The cycle also saw the band nearly sell out entire headline tours all over the world, including Europe and North America.
Just shortly after the band announced even more international headlining tour dates in support of Macro, including a North American headline run featuring support from Suicide Silence and Toothgrinder, the entire world came to a screeching halt with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Forced to cancel their touring plans, the band wasted no time getting back to work on a new project and impressive videos. Not only did the band conjure music videos for every song on Macro, they announced the fall 2020 release of their very first live album, Alive In Melbourne, showcasing one of the last live metal performances that likely took place on Earth in Melbourne, Australia on March 5th – just days before the pandemic hit.
Driven by their unmatched work ethic, as soon as they were able, JINJER took to the road in Europe to perform safely and adhering to strict local regulations, providing diehard fans with a much needed oasis during lockdown.
In early 2021, as society reached for a light at the end of the tunnel, JINJER moved forward, announcing plans for international fall 2021 headline tour dates that, within weeks of announcement, already began to sell out. The band also announced that they had entered the studio to record their next highly anticipated, yet untitled full-length album, sharing video snippets of recording to keep fans satiated. JINJER used lockdown not to rest, but to recharge, and are more ready than ever to cement their status in this new year.
Tatiana Shmayluk – vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov – guitars
Eugene Abdukhanov – bass
Vlad Ulasevich – drums