Album Review

Jinjer – “Micro (EP)”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:24 PM (PST)
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Ukranian metallers Jinjer return with their follow up to 2016’s full-length King of Everything next month. The five-song EP Micro is due out January 11 via Napalm Records.

Check out my review of the Micro EP here.

The standout performance on this EP for me is Tatiana Shmailyuk’s vocals. For all of the debate back and forth on whether to let a band just be the band they are or whether to focus on the individuals members of the band, especially when one of those members is a woman and she’s doing death growls, Shmailyuk’s vocals, growls and clean, are fantastic (and, for what it’s worth, Jinjer identify themselves as a female-fronted band on their Facebook page).

It’s also cool to listen to a Ukrainian heavy metal band. Other than Jinjer, now, I can’t list a second heavy metal band from Ukraine, which says more about my knowledge of the scene then a presence or absence of a scene.

The formula for this album is the formula that metalcore was built on – a lyric of growls, a lyric of clean vocals, and back and forth till the song ends.

“Dreadful Moments” is a beautiful song about living through and surviving abuse. It’s a song of longing for aid, for comfort, for protection, for safety. Sometimes you don’t get these things, no matter how much you need them, no matter how much you want them, no matter how much you cry out for them. “Dreadful Moments” plays hopelessly into “Teacher, Teacher,” which, with its opening rap offers something a little bit different. The song’s “Another Brick In The Wall”-esque “Please, teacher, teacher leave us alone!” lyrics indicate that, much as pain and torment is inescapable at home, so too is it inescapable at school.

The EP closes with the title track, which comes in under two minutes. It’s a slow, contemplative instrumental track with a killer bass. It, more than any other part of the EP, makes me excited about Jinjer and what might come of their sound in future studio releases.

Micro is out January 11 via Napalm Records.

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