Jinjer's Roman Ibramkhalilov: "I almost feel sorry for anyone who comes out to our shows, because we are going to smash them"

(Image credit: Oleg Rooz)

Ukranian prog-metalcore foursome Jinjer named their new album Wallflowers, but be warned – the music gathered on it is hardly of the shrinking-violet sort. Rather, explains guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov of the title, “A wallflower hangs on the wall and is most times overlooked, but it sees everything – the good and the bad in people, and in real life.”

True to that all-encompassing view, the music on Wallflowers, the band’s fifth full-length overall, is some of their most varied – and devastatingly heavy – to date, from the detuned, nu-metal-esque mudslide riffing of opener Call Me a Symbol, to the mellow and moody clean tones of Vortex, the rag-ing, blastbeat-powered rhythms and jazzy excursions of Mediator to the atmospheric tones and textures of the title track.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.