|Past members||Dmitriy Oksen|
Jinjer (// "ginger") is a Ukrainian heavy metal band from Donetsk, formed in 2009. None of the founding members remain with the band. The current lineup considers 2010 as its official year of formation, with the arrival of singer Tatiana Shmailyuk and guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov. The band has since added bassist Eugene Abdukhanov and drummer Vladislav Ulasevich. Their most recent album Wallflowers was released in August 2021.
Jinjer was formed in 2009 by singer Maksym Fatullaiev, guitarist Dmitriy Oksen, and drummer Vyacheslav Okhrimenko. This lineup released the four-song EP Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear. In 2010, Fatullaiev was replaced by Tatiana Shmailyuk and Roman Ibramkhalilov joined on second guitar. The band then expanded to a five-piece with the addition of bassist Eugene Abdukhanov in 2011, while Okhrimenko was replaced by Oleksandr Koziychuk.
This lineup self-released the EP Inhale, Do Not Breathe in 2012. Jinjer began relentlessly touring on their own funds. They were noticed by The Leaders Records in late 2012, and Inhale, Don't Breathe was officially re-released in 2013 in an extended format with three live tracks. The band won the "Best Ukrainian Metal Act" award held by Kyiv's InshaMuzyka label in 2013 (they would win that award again in 2016).
Jinjer self-released their first full-length album Cloud Factory in 2014; the album featured another new drummer, Yevhen Mantulin. The album would later be picked up and re-released by their current record label, Napalm Records. Jinjer began touring internationally and personally booked their own shows. The final remaining founding member, Dmitriy Olsen, departed in 2015 and was not replaced, leaving Ibramkhalilov as sole guitarist.
After several tours around the world, they released their second full-length album King of Everything in 2016, along with the single "Pisces". Dmitriy Kim served as drummer on this album. Videos for "Pisces" and "I Speak Astronomy" became popular on YouTube. In 2021 Metal Hammer included "Pisces" at No. 74 in their list of "The 100 Greatest Metal Songs of the 21st Century". Shortly after the release of King of Everything, drummer Vladislav Ulasevich joined and the band's lineup has remained stable since.
In 2017, the band committed to two tours across Europe in support of Arch Enemy, followed by their first tour of North America alongside Cradle of Filth in 2018. The band also reissued their 2014 album Cloud Factory on Napalm Records in February 2018. In September of that year Jinjer landed on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart. They released the five-track EP Micro in January 2019, followed by tours with Amorphis, Soilwork, and Nailed to Obscurity.
Their next full-length album Macro was released in October 2019, featuring experiments in reggae and progressive rock. Loudwire named it one of the 50 best metal albums of 2019. Jinjer was forced to cancel several tours, including their first in Latin America, due to the COVID-19 pandemic They released the live album Alive in Melbourne in November 2020. They returned to Kaska Record Studios in Kyiv in March 2021, and their fourth full-length album Wallflowers was released on 27 August 2021.
Musical style and influences
The band has mentioned many of the influences for their music, including Guano Apes, Slayer, Death, Pantera, Anathema, Lamb of God, Gojira, and Twelve Foot Ninja. While explaining their influences, the band have noted other metal acts like Opeth, Karnivool and Textures, in addition to groups across the spectrum of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop acts such as Cypress Hill and House of Pain.
They have been noted for progressive experiments with genres such as R&B, soul, funk, jazz, reggae, and groove metal. Bassist Eugene Abdukhanov has been noted for his use of a five-string bass to supplement the group's sound since Roman Ibramkhalilov became the sole guitarist. The band's more recent releases have featured lyrics addressing the War in Donbas and its effects on their home region of Donetsk.
- Cloud Factory (2014, re-released in 2018)
- King of Everything (2016)
- Macro (2019)
- Wallflowers (2021)
- Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear (2009)
- Inhale, Do Not Breathe (2012, re-released in 2013)
- Micro (2019)
- Alive in Melbourne (2020)
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- "Jinjer – Wallflowers (Album Review)". 27 August 2021.
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