"Cloud Factory" (The Leaders Records; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Jinjer are progressive metalcore and groove metal. They are fronted by Tatiana Shmailyuk and they hail from the Ukraine. Think Pantera with a fresh lead vocal via Tatiana. She can sign with power and growl with determination. I stumbled across this band and now I'm hooked. When you hear them they will mow you down with their intricate guitar work and bomb-blasting bass and drum combo. Tatiana has a tough sound and I would think that anything coming out of the Ukraine is tough so their brand of metal is fit for readers of Rough Edge.

Each track has enough grit and kick to get you digging their sound, I'm a big fan of the guitar so I listened more intently to that part of the music. Heavy riffs, solos, sweet acoustic; the guy can play on so many levels. The rest of the band will pound you into dust. The clean vocals will lure in and then you'll get what's coming to you! 99% of the songs are in English but one is in Ukrainian. I have no idea what is being said but it's still bad ass! The progressive metalcore combined with the groove metal gives Jinjer a unique sound. I think you'll be quite surprised when you hear them. If you visit their official page you can stream their albums in their full metal entirety.

Jinjer: Tatiana Shmailyuk - vocals; Roman Ibramkhalilov - guitars; Eugene Kostyuk - bass; Dmitriy Kim - drums.

To follow the band, check them out here on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JinjerOfficial/timeline. Or on their official site: http://jinjer-metalband.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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