Jinjer return with their highly anticipated fourth studio album and follow up to the groundbreaking Macro album, Wallflowers.
It’s hard to disagree that Jinjer are one of modern metal’s hottest acts right now, their relentless hard work, non-stop touring and critically acclaimed/chart-topping releases have gained them an incredibly strong following. Don’t just take my word for it though, go and check out their most recent performance from Alcatraz Festival and you see exactly what I mean.
Once again produced together with longtime friend and mastermind Max Morton, Wallflowers is fueled by the pressure and frustrations of real life and embodies a core theme, which Jinjer approach from multiple perspectives. Opening track “Call Me A Symbol” is relentless in its delivery but is also tinged with melody which spills into “Colossus”.
The pace then swerves into the hypnotic with “Vortex”, the perfect track to recommend for a first-time listener as it balances and blends everything the band pulls together musically into a perfectly crafted song. As if to further my point the follow-up track “Disclosure!” should leave no doubt that Jinjer are worthy of all the praise that has been heaped on them recently.
Both “Copycat” and “Swine” would easily convert the most hardcore of fans or daresay even pull in people who have been dismissive of the band in the past.
“Sleep of the Righteous” weaves perfectly into my highlight, and title track, of the album “Wallflowers”. It’s dark and gloomy in all the right places and if I had to compare to something I would suggest that it sounds like Christina Scabbia did guest vocals on an Opeth track. The stillness is quickly broken by the unbridled heaviness of “Dead Hands Feel No Pain”.
Penultimate offering “As I Boil Ice” leaves no stone unturned with its complex technical musicianship, while the final track “Mediator” reaffirms that the band are still very much fueled by the pressure and frustration of real life.
There is nothing reserved about this particular wallflower.
Wallflowers is out now