There can only be one Jinjer.
Jinjer has been around since 2009, and even though their last line-up change was back in 2016, there’s such a consistency to their recent output, such an understanding between their four-members, that their chemistry together is next level. That if anyone member were to leave, it may very well throw everything off. As every member just sends it so hard. And that’s also the case with their newest song, ‘On The Top,’ taken from forthcoming album ‘Macro,’ which drops on October 25th.
Even at nearly six-minutes, things don’t drag and never become boring with this latest groove-heavy prog-metal jam. And while ‘On The Top‘ didn’t grab me quite as hard, quite as quickly, as ‘Ape‘ did earlier in 2019, this is still another new modern hit for Jinjer that shows why people are paying so much attention to them. Like most Jinjer tunes, there’s a lot to love about this new belter and its multi-meaning themes of loneliness, riches, and selfishness. Showing why they’re quickly becoming one of the new masters of funky, down-tuned groove these days, Jinjer’s newest neck-breaker will make you punch a hole through your wall like a crying, loser Kyle.
The jagged, chunky guitar chugging balances immaculate tones and techy but meaningful riffs; the excellent transitions between the heavier and melodic shades of the bands sound are done so well; Tatiana Shmailyuk’s powerfully gritty screams, precise vibrato, and inspired mezzo-soprano singing range sound as huge as ever; and the tasteful, subtle playing that drummer Vladislav Ulasevish under-cuts each section with, alongside the killer, popping bass work from Eugene Abdukhanov, is never not impressive. (Those guys are one of the best rhythm section pairs in prog-metal today.) This band just has such a wicked, bouncy four-piece dynamic, with strong rhythmic backbones throughout – like that whispered-vocal syncopated with the tom hits in the first pre-chorus – that it’s hard to ignore this band.
Get on top of it all below, and then catch the Ukranian act in Australia for the first time next March.