REVIEW: “Micro” (EP) By JINJER (Djent)
Djent,Groove Metal/Napalm Records/Released Jan 11, 2019
The buzz behind Jinjer has been steadily growing for a while now. Their mix of djent, groove, and nu metal styles along with the powerful voice of Tatiana Shailyuk has earned them a strong following and tours with Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth and DevilDriver. Their new EP release Micro is acting as a holdover until the band completes their fourth full length LP.
Compared to their earlier work, Micro sees the band leaning harder on mid-tempo rhythms and a greater exploration of melody than before. There’s still some blistering blast beats and plenty of aggression but it’s more balanced with the band’s softer side this time around. Opener “Ape” is the best of the record with it fitting lots of moods and dynamics into a fairly short run time of a little over three minutes.
“Teacher Teacher!” sees Shmailyuk employing a more rhythmic singing style over a bouncing groove while still employing her trademark growls. And “Perennial” is likely the second favorite of the record with a blistering first half before going into a softer, melodic latter half. The title track closer makes for a nice ending for the record with its simple acoustic guitar and cajon drum instrumental.
Overall Micro is toned down from the band’s previous work. Not matching the speed and aggression they usually show. Nor does it have hooky choruses and riffs on par with what reeled fans in previously. It does still have the technical showmanship and makes for a solid listen. But it’s not one that’ll keep fans playing repeat for too long. Hopefully once the next full length comes around there’ll be more “I Speak Astronomy”’s and “Outlander”’s on it. And the band can continue the tech/hook balance they've previously shown.