Mitchel here again with another tasty EP release! This time for my favorite band on earth- JINJER! Following their most recent release, King of Everything in 2016 is their latest and most anticipated EP release-Micro. Although EP’s are not typically my favored type of releases, I could NOT pass this up! Not to mention that what Jinjer brings to the table with their killer performance, this album was as full as the day is long! (That’s a thing right?) So, without further adieu- let’s rock Micro!
Kicking that door right down with “Ape”! That signature bass pop brings everything into high gear! The relentless vocal pattern and rhythmic foundation during the verse is a force to be reckoned with! I’m feeling a stronger connection to this EP right away between the music and the musicians. The transition from the slower and “prettier” tones added extra power to the outro. This track references the consistency between old world man and modern man and was very intriguing. “Dreadful Moments” is more progressively technical but never loses its swing! The drummer really understands how to give the guitar just enough space to pop when they need to. DAMN! The energy of this track just keeps flowing! The ambient lead licks add a great touch as well and I also really dug the blues-like tones the vocals pull out of this song. It adds quite they dynamic, as well as, again, allowing the heavy riffs to crush the ending with a chilling spoken word-PERFECT!
Track 3-“Teacher, Teacher” reflects Tatiana’s obvious hip-hop influences. There is a sinister character that gives it a traumatic identity. Possibly a story of personal experience or trauma? The lyrical content stands straight up using excellent word choice. The chorus has an amazing and natural flow also; going from innocent to furious at the drop of a hat. This song has a pure passion behind it that until now I honestly only hear it from bands like Gojira and Sylosis. Jinjer are officially THE masters of groove metal-I’m calling it now!
“Perennial” has a very alluring intro that leads you in with hair-raising chords and bone-chilling phrases; followed by an eye-opening pulse that will make you kick a hole through the floor. The full progression through the slightly mainstream refrain, and back into the heaviest riff I’ve heard in years-it’s pure F*CKIN’ GOLD! I enjoy how they save the climax for last; most bands will fall back into another chorus or verse. They say what they need to and let it be. This track is definitely my favorite on Micro! It really hits the mark for me in my current phase as a musician, and to me, that speaks volumes.
The final track “Micro” I did NOT expect this at all. Just a Cajun box, the bass, and a few bells to add some texture. I can’t get enough! This is a bold move that I think more bands should follow the lead on. This was a leap way outside the box that shows you a bit more about the foundations of Jinjer and where the heart is at. I also find it very compelling that they titled this release after this track (or perhaps it was vice-versa) but either way, it was an inspiring ending to and inspirational album. A great way to leave the listener wanting more, while also providing closure to this chapter.
Well, Holy Shit! Me being a previous fan besides, I honestly feel like this is the most diverse and unique album I have heard in years! I didnt want to miss a second of this and I can’t wait for what they come up with next! It was my honro to review this album. Thanks for reading and as always- THRASH FAST!
Track List for Micro
2. Dreadful Moments
3. Teacher, Teacher!
Label- Napalm Records
Line Up for Jinjer
Tatiana Shmailyuk – vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov – guitars
Eugene Kostyuk – bass
Vladislav Ulasevish – drums
To keep up on JINJER check out the link below!
Edited by Samantha Crocker