In less than 10 years, the four-piece Progressive Groove metal wrecking machine known as JINJER have carved their very own place in the Heavy Metal landscape and are poised to go even further in 2019 and beyond. Hailing from Donetsk, this Ukrainian musical oddity formed in 2009 but consider the official start of the band with the addition of the incredible vocalist and Femme Fatale Tatiana Shmailyuk in 2010. The band labored intensively and honed their sound in practice rooms and local stages relentlessly, culminating in their now cult first album release INHALE, DON’T BREATHE in 2012. The following year JINJER were nominated and won Best Ukrainian Metal Band. They would be awarded this prize again a few years later.
While most bands from a country not exactly known for it’s Heavy Metal exports would be content to enjoy the little recognition received in those first few years, it was clear that JINJER craved more and were willing to go the extra mile to make this happen. It was this attitude and clear vision that pushed the band to quickly write and release their second album CLOUD FACTORY (2014), and venture into the international touring market for the first time, booking their own shows and building their reputation face to face, fan to fan and more importantly under their own terms.
It was this intensity that caught the attention of Napalm Records, who quickly signed JINJER leading to the release of their critically acclaimed third album KING OF EVERYTHING (2016), as well as the game-changing single and video for PISCES, which gained the band new fans, millions of views/streams and countless reaction videos on YouTube. KING OF EVERYTHING showcased the musical prowess and growth of the entire band while opening the floodgates to a bigger International touring circuit which JINJER gladly took advantage of. By the end of nearly two years of non-stop touring in Europe, JINJER added new territories such as Israel, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, America, Canada and most of Latin America, while sharing the festival stages and touring with the likes of Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth and DevilDriver to mention a few.
Somewhere between touring vans, roadside pit stops, backstage rooms, sound checks, hotel rooms, visa applications, and flights to new tour destinations, JINJER buried themselves in the rehearsal room once again to compose 5 brand new tracks for what would become the MICRO EP, written not only for the fans but for themselves, as they needed something new to keep their sanity on the road.
Since assuming consciousness in 2011 on their full-length debut Burn This World, The Browning have diligently and decidedly expanded the boundaries of heavy music through a seamless automation of industrial, electronic, rock, and metal styles, and video game score-style expanse. 2013’s Hypernovarepresented a high watermark for the Kansas City, MO quartet–Jonny McBee [vocals, electronics], Brian Moore [guitar], Collin Woroniak [bass], and Cody Stewart [drums]. Named “Album of the Week” by Revolver, it yielded the signature anthem “Bloodlust,” which clocked over 2.6 million YouTube views and nearly 2 million Spotify streams.
In 2016, they reached another level with Isolation, earning acclaim from outlets such as New Noise Magazine and generating millions of views between “Dragon” and “Disconnect.” Relentless touring saw them hit the road with the likes of Chelsea Grin, We Came As Romans, Alesana, Fear Factory, Static-X, and more. However, the group’s fourth full-length album, Geist [Spinefarm Records], fully represents the actualization of the sound McBee envisioned nearly a decade before.
Forget everything you know about music. Forget the conventional, forget inviable gender roles, free yourself from old expectations, spit in the face of everything mundane, and get on board a speeding train with four misfits on a fearless pursuit of DIY or death. Genre? Dancehall, fyyah! Punk, hey ho! Rock, hell yeah! Sumo Cyco are everything you’ve heard and nothing you’ve heard before at once: chaotic guitar, anthemic sing-along choruses, and vocals from sweet to Sever. Sumo Cyco are more than what you hear. Sumo Cyco is a feeling.