Jinjer are dubbed the “Ukraine’s best extreme-metal secret” (their press release description … not mine), and the title of their new album, King of Everything, pretty much describes the problem with the record. When you try to do everything, sometimes you just end up doing nothing.
Jinjer’s ace-in-the-hole (excuse the pun) is lead singer Tatiana Shmailyuk. She has evolved (or been corporately molded) from a chino-wearing, dreadlocked screamer with a voice like 100 miles of glass and gravel to an evening-dress-wearing, incredibly well-coiffed chanteuse who flips back and forth between vocal styles like a fat guy between desserts at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Don’t get me wrong, she’s great whenever she sings, not to mention she is “the hotness,” but the songs become lost and indistinguishable. She alternates between growling and clean vocals, and add to that the songs themselves all seem to have a generic, well-polished sheen to them that makes it Teflon music for your brain. Nothing sticks. Instead, it just slides off.
The biggest clinker on King of Everything is the title track. Whoever gave the greenlight to this turd in the punchbowl should not be allowed to have any dessert for a month.
King of Everything is out now on Napalm Records. Buy it here!
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