Interview: Eugene Abdiukhanov of Jinjer

“Going from small things to bigger ones is the natural order of things, and we've paved a path from “MICRO” to “MACRO”, carrying the weight of feelings, emotions and experience. This is a monumental point in the story of JINJER, the quintessence of what makes us what we are now as the people and as a band. We are proud of every single note sung and played on “MACRO” and can't wait for you to give it a listen!”
band photo by Tementiy Pronov

Jinjer is a Ukranian metal band that formed in 2009. Made up of Vocalise Tatiana Shmailyuk, Guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov, Bassist Eugene Abdiukhanov and Drummer Vladislav Ulasevich, Jinjer have released 3 EP’s and 2 full length albums to date with their 3rd album Macro slated for release on October 25th via Napalm records. We caught up with bassist Eugene Abdiukhanov to be brought up to date with all things in the world of Jinjer

H2Z: Hi Eugene, thanks for your time today. For someone who has never heard of Jinjer how would you describe the band?

EA: Jinjer is just who we are but if someone wanted to come and see us live I would describe us live as a cross between Lamb Of God and Opeth.

H2Z: You hail from the Ukraine, what is the metal scene in the Ukraine like?

EA: To be honest with you there is two sides. 1 side is some of the bands are really really cool and musically awesome, but on the other side the whole scene is very amateur. Not enough good promoters and venues, also not enough fans for things like festivals. Its mainly pop, cheap pop and poor quality music.

H2Z: Your new album Macro is released soon, how have you found reactions to the music from people that have heard it?

EA: We have heard great things, but we are not really keeping a close eye on it. Our current tour in the USA is our focus and the shows are selling really well and the crowds have been great. Almost all of the shows have been sold out or very close to sold out, which is a dream come true for us.

H2Z: There has not been a big break between the release of Micro and Macro was that always the plan of the band?

EA: It was not designed to be so close together, and was not a special move. We planned to actually use most of 2018 to stay home and write. We then got offered the DevilDriver tour and realised we needed to have something to promote while out and needed new songs, so Micro was just an intermediate thing just for that tour. When we were finished with the tour, we had more of a creative shift and also felt more creative so we came home and kept writing for Macro.

H2Z: Do you have a favourite track on Macro?

EA: I would say “Introspection”. It is very close to Tatiana and myself. For me its because I do not see my parents enough and get home to see them enough as I would like, as I am always out on the road. It has been almost 4 years since we have seen each other. There is nothing like going home to the parents nest. Also for me that song has my best musical arrangement and bass line, its next level to me and innovative. My best bass line in Jinjer so far.

H2Z: You have toured with bands like Cradle Of Filth and DevilDriver, how were those experiences?

EA: The tour with Cradle Of Filth was our first in America. We saw so much and learnt so much. It was people’s first introduction to use so it will always be special to us and one we will also remember. DevilDriver was a lot different, we always had to be on point as we had a lot more to prove.

H2Z: This is your first time touring Australia, how does that feel? What are you hoping to see while you are here and what can the fans expect?

EA: Honestly, we could not be more happy. We are so delighted to be coming to Australia for the first time. We have heard so much about your country and the awesome crowds. We could not be more happier. I am really hoping to see nature while we are there, as well as your beautiful, extraordinary country. It is the last continent for us to tour so it is also very special for that. The setlist will be a lot from Macro, some from Micro but not all and a few other from the past. We will show all stages of Jinjer.

H2Z: Do you have any final words for the fans in Australia.

EA: Peace, Love and Harmony. We cannot wait to see you all.

Macro Tracklisting

1. On the Top
2. Pit of Consciousness
3. Judgement (& Punishment)
4. Retrospection
5. Pausing Death
6. Noah
7. Home Back
8. The Prophecy
9. lainnereP

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