Ukrainian metal core band, Jinjer formed in 2009 and currently consists of Tatiana Shmailyuk on vocals, Roman Ibramkhalilov on guitar, Eugene Abdiukhanov on bass and Vladislav Ulasevich on drums.

They have released three full-length albums and three extended plays, and recently released their EP Micro in January this year.
Jinjer is currently working on their fourth studio album.

The band gained prominence by winning the Best Ukrainian Metal Act Award held by Kiev’s InshaMuzyka label in 2013, and then again in 2016 along with winning the award for best music video for the song ‘I Speak Astronomy’.

Their playing style incorporates elements of progressive metalcore, djent, hardcore, death and groove metal, with feisty growls and soul-shattering clean vocals, fronted byTatiana Shmailyuk.

The band will be touring South Africa in May.

Women in Metal and Rock seem to be at the forefront of the scene lately, which is incredible.
What are the challenges that you have faced as a woman in this industry, how have you overcome this and what else needs to be done to change this stigma against women in metal and rock?
“Well, it is definitely good that there are more women in metal, which for decades was considered to be a completely male-dominated genre. However, at this moment I can hardly think of any challenges to be faced by a woman in metal, other than those created by the women themselves; namely a bad reputation. Too many girls break through to the stage by means of their sexuality and appearance, and have created a reputation of mediocre female fronted bands – the reputation which even prevents people from checking out new names, and you know, I understand those and partially agree with them.”

Tell me about the different perspective in the song writing as a female headed metal band?

How do you maintain your vocals with all that growling and singing?
“Hmmm, honestly I do not know. There are no warm ups, no exercises, simply nothing I do. Maybe the only secret I have is that I constantly sing, sometimes every single minute during the whole day.”

You are working on your 4th studio album, tell me about the concept behind it and how will it differ from your other albums?
“Too early to speak about this. At the moment the guys are only working on the musical side of it and so far it is getting a shape of a perfect successor to MICRO.”

As a band you have had some many incredible experiences – is there one moment that stands out for you; for whatever reason, and why?
“You know all those big achievements of the past with time, tend to lose its importance. However we will never forget coming to an absolutely new place and facing a sold-out show with the whole crowd singing our lyrics from A to Z!!! Which has happened in many places, like almost every single show in Latin America, London, the States and Canada and many more.”

What are you looking forward to most about your visit to South Africa?
“The people! We are so much eager to be playing for the new audience, damn, this is going to be terrific!”

JINJER South Africa 2019 Tour dates:
Fri, 3 May – Mercury Live, Cape Town. With support from Sumer, Zombies Ate My Girlfriend and OhGod.
Sat, 4 May – Platteland, Centurion. With support from Sumer, Bleeding Spawn and Deity’s Muse.