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Jinjer “Live in Los Angeles” Review by Jorge Pozo

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JINJER‘s “Live in Los Angeles” strikes a formidable balance between the raw energy of a live performance and the meticulous production that fans have come to expect from one of modern metal’s most dynamic acts. Recorded at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, this album encapsulates the band’s resilience and creativity, emerging from a tumultuous period for the music industry with a powerful statement of their live prowess.

The album begins with the electrifying “Sit, Stay, Rollover”, setting a tone of intense energy that continues to build throughout the set. Tracks like “Home Back” and “Perennial” exhibit not just JINJER‘s technical skill but also their ability to weave intricate melodies and rhythms that keep the listener engaged. However, the inclusion of “Vortex”, directly from their highly acclaimed Wallflowers album, showcases the band’s evolution, presenting a blend of aggression with lyrical depth that reflects on their journey.

Frontwoman Tatiana Shmayluk‘s performance is particularly noteworthy. Her capacity to oscillate between ferocious growls and enchanting clean vocals adds a rich, emotive layer to the live experience. This duality not only captivates but also highlights the band’s genre-blending ethos, navigating through metalcore, djent, and even touches of progressive metal with ease and conviction.

While “Live in Los Angeles” shines in its explosive moments, the album’s magic lies in its ability to capture the visceral connection between JINJER and their audience. This connection, palpable in the audibly enthusiastic crowd responses, elevates the album beyond a mere collection of performances. It becomes a shared experience, a testament to the live music’s communal and transformative power.

However, the album is not without its critiques. At times, the sheer intensity of the performances seems to overshadow the nuances that define JINJER‘s studio work. While this can be attributed to the nature of live recordings, it occasionally leaves a craving for the polished soundscapes for which the band is known. Additionally, the setlist, while robustly featuring a range of the band’s hits, might have benefited from the inclusion of more deep cuts, offering a fuller exploration of their discography for the hardcore fan.

In sum, “Live in Los Angeles” is a compelling documentation of JINJER at a pivotal point in their career. It captures a band not just surviving but thriving amid challenges, ready to cement their place in the metal pantheon. The album serves not just as a live record but as a bridge between the past and the future of JINJER, inviting listeners to experience the raw, unfiltered essence of their music. Rating it feels somewhat reductive given its emotional and contextual weight, but as a piece of art that skillfully navigates the complexities of live recording, it stands firmly at an 8.5 out of 10.

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Release Date: 17.05.2024

Photo Credit: Lina GlasirLive in Los Angeles Tracklisting:
1    Intro
2    Sit Stay Roll Over
3    Teacher, Teacher!
4    Copycat
5    Home Back
6    I Speak Astronomy
7    As I Boil Ice
8    Judgement (& Punishment)
9    Dead Hands Feel No Pain
10   Vortex
11   Who Is Gonna Be The One
12   Sleep Of The Righteous
13   Call Me A Symbol
14   Perennial
15   Pisces
16   On The Top

Live in Los Angeles will be available in the following formats:
1DVD/1BD/1CD Deluxe Digipak (DVD size) incl. Slipcase & 20 pages booklet
Ltd. 2LP PURPLE Vinyl (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 300 copies worldwide 
Ltd. 2LP YELLOW Vinyl (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 300 copies worldwide 
Ltd. Die Hard 2LP PURPLE/WHITE Marbled Vinyl incl. 20 page booklet & vinyl slipmat (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 700 copies worldwide 
Ltd. 1MC (YELLOW MC / PURPLE Print) (Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive) – strictly ltd to 200 copies worldwide 
Ltd. 2LP CLEAR Vinyl (Band Shop Exclusive)
Ltd. 2LP WHITE Vinyl (Band Shop Exclusive)
Digital Album

Experience JINJER Live:
Celebrating Life Through Death – European Farewell Tour 2024 
JINJER as special guest for Sepultura,
w/ Obituary (Main Support) & Jesus Piece (Opener)

30.10.2024 FR – Paris / Zenith Paris 
31.10.2024 DE – Offenbach am Main / Stadthalle 
01.11.2024 DE – Hamburg / Inselpark Arena 
02.11.2024 DE – Cologne / Palladium 
03.11.2024 NL – Den Bosch / Sepulfest 
05.11.2024 BE – Brussels / Ancienne Belgique – SOLD OUT!
06.11.2024 LU – Esch-Sur-Alzette / Rockhal 
08.11.2024 UK – Manchester / Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT!
09.11.2024 IE – Dublin / Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT!
10.11.2024 IE – Belfast / The Telegraph Building 
11.11.2024 UK – Glasgow / Barrowland Ballroom – LOW TICKETS!
12.11.2024 UK – London / Hammersmith Apollo 
14.11.2024 CH – Zurich / The Hall 
15.11.2024 DE – Ludwigsburg / MHP Arena 
16.11.2024 DE – Munich / Zenith 
17.11.2024 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra Red Stage 
19.11.2024 DE – Leipzig / Haus Auensee 
20.11.2024 AT – Vienna / Gasometer 
21.11.2024 PL – Katowice / Spodek 
22.11.2024 DE – Berlin / Columbiahalle 
23.11.2024 CZ – Prague / O2 Universum 

Latin America Tour 2024
+ special guests: Heaven Shall Burn
30.11.24 BR – Porto Alegre / Opiniao
01.12.24 BR – Curitiba / Tork and Roll
03.12.24 BR – Belo Horizonte / Mister Rock
05.12.24 BR – Brasilia / Toinha
07.12.24 BR – Rio de Janeiro / Circo Voador
08.12.24 BR – Sao Paulo / Terra SP
10.12.24 AR – Buenos Aires / Teatro Flores
12.12.24 CL – Santiago / Teatro Caupolican
14.12.24 CO – Bogota / Calle 13
15.12.24 CR – San Jose / Pepper’s Club
18.12.24 MX – Guadalajara / C4 *
19.12.24 MX – San Luis Potosí / Centro de las Artes *
20.12.24 MX – Mexico City / Circo Volador *
*no HSB

Festivals 2024
03.08.2024 RO – Rasnov / Rockstadt Extreme Fest 
08.08.2024 ES – Villena / Leyendas del Rock 
09.08.2024 CZ – Jaromer / Brutal Assault 
10.08.2024 FR – Cercoux / Festival 666 
11.08.2024 BE – Kortrijk / Alcatraz 
15.08.2024 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze 
17.08.2024 FR – Carhaix / Motocultor 
18.08.2024 CH – Vallamand / Rock The Lakes 
29.09.2024 US – Louiseville, KY / Louder Than Life 

USA 2024
23.04.2024 – Milwaukee, WI / The Rave
25.04.2024 – Tempe, AZ / Marquee Theatre
27.04.2024 – L as Vegas, NV / Sick New World
29.09.2024 – Louiseville, KY / Louder Than Life
13.10.2024 – Sacramento, CA / Aftershock Festival

… to be continued

Tatiana Shmayluk – Vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov – Guitars
Eugene Abdukhanov – Bass
Vlad Ulasevich – Drums

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