Jinjer may be on the brink of legit metal stardom, but if life in Ukraine has taught the group's singer Tatiana Shmayluk anything, it's that nothing comes without a fight. "What makes Jinjer grind is that we came from the land where kindness equals weakness," she tells us. The band members — Shmayluk and her bandmates guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov, bassist Eugene Abdukhanov and drummer Vlad Ulasevich — grew up in a former Soviet territory that is currently embroiled in armed conflict between Ukrainian military, anti-government protestors and pro-Russian rebels. Fleeing the warzone in 2014, Shmayluk and her bandmates moved 800 miles from their hometown in the Donetsk province of Ukraine to the city of Lviv, near the Polish border. But poor living conditions there — problems with water, heating and electricity — sent the singer to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where she lives today. These hardships have informed Jinjer's unyielding mentality.
In celebration of that mentality — which has culminated in the progressive metal group's soaring, knotty new album, Macro, and first-ever North American headlining tour — Jinjer appear on one of the covers of Revolver's new Oct/Nov 2019 issue. The Jinjer cover issue hits newsstands October 22nd, but you can grab it right now in our shop.
"We work hard," Shmayluk tells us. "Eventually it has to pay off. I think we have to come step by step. It's not like you wake up being famous. We have to grab it — by the balls."
This issue also includes features on Slayer, Korn, Babymetal, Lacuna Coil, Tool in the early Nineties, Vic Mensa's 93PUNX, Life of Agony, Batushka, Blackwater Holylight, Cloak and Sanction.