Hard rock band Jinjer is scheduled to launch a new tour this fall. The tour is in support of the band’s forthcoming album, Wallflowers, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. The 11-songrecord is a powerful new presentation. That is evidenced through its musical and lyrical content alike. ‘Mediator,’ the album’s latest single and closing number, is just one of the songs that serves to support that statement. It will be discussed shortly. ‘Pearls and Swine,’ which comes earlier in the album’s run, is another example of the impact of the album’s musical and lyrical content. It will be discussed a little later. ‘Disclosure,’ which comes even earlier in the album’s sequencing, is yet another example of the importance of the album’s collective content. It will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. When these songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album a presentation that is sure to appeal to the band’s established audiences and those who might be less familiar with the band and its catalog.
Jinjer’s forthcoming album Wallflowers is a presentation that the band’s audiences old and new alike will find interesting. That is proven through its combined musical and lyrical content. The album’s latest single, ‘Mediator’ proves that in its own way. The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, intense melodic death metal style composition on the one hand, and on the other, vulnerable, as is evidenced through the use of the clean vocals. The balance of that heaviness and gentility is handled expertly throughout the song and it makes the song’s musical content alone powerful. The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out, though. Its lyrical theme adds its own touch to the whole.
The band discussed the approach that it took to the song’s musical arrangement as well as the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“With years getting older, we often realize that the world around us is far from what we expected it to be,” the statement reads. “Through the eyes of a kid everything seemed way more colorful, better and optimistic, didn’t it? When did it all turn wrong? When did it all turn so gray? Is this really the world’s fault? Or it is only about us chasing the wrong goals… the wrong careers, ambitions and achievements, rather than embracing one important truth… Rephrasing John Lennon, if one chases something else other than happiness, then they didn’t understand life at all …”
Keeping these comments in mind along with the intensity in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes clear why this song is such a strong example of how much the album has to offer. It is just one of the album’s most notable entries. ‘Pearls and Swine’ is another good example of how the album’s musical and lyrical content makes the record engaging.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Pearls and Swine’ is completely unlike that of ‘Mediator’ and pretty much everything else on this record. The pairing of the clean vocals and the much heavier screams and crunching instrumentation creates such an intense presentation in itself. It is like taking the most notable elements of Otep and crossing that with the best elements of Whitechapel for this unique presentation. The depth of the arrangement in that unique approach and sound is more than reason enough to make the song stand out. When it is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, the whole makes even clearer why the song stands out.
The lyrical theme featured in this song comes across as a commentary about the frustration of trying to talk to people who just don’t want to hear what others have to say. That is, after all, what the phrase ‘Pearls Before Swine’ means. As the song’s chorus states, “Casting pearls before swine/Is such a thankless job/Swine are not used to jewel bedraggled dress with pearls.” In other words, it is just useless. This could easily be a commentary relating to everything going on in the world today. No one wants to hear what anyone says if someone has a viewpoint different from one’s self. The additional comment in the lead verse that “Wine are unable to apprehend burstings of a human heart” adds even more to that seeming commentary. Those people who cannot and do not appreciate what others have to say cannot see past themselves. The direction to “throw a piece of soap at them/To make this age-long dirt come off” as they “try to force their fresh clean snoot/Through a crowd to a crib” shows even more, that frustration. Keeping all of this in mind along with the rest of the song’s discussion, that seeming frustration of humanity’s close-minded nature becomes even more seeming the case. That being the case, it makes this song even more relatable to audiences, especially when that commentary is paired with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement. Overall, it is just one more example of how much the album has to offer audiences. ‘Disclosure!,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is yet another example of the album’s strength.
‘Disclosur!e’ is just as unlike ‘Pearls and Swine’ and ‘Mediator’ as they are from one another and from the rest of the album’s songs in terms of the song’s musical arrangement. This song’s musical arrangement is about as close as the band comes to mainstream accessibility in this record. That is due to the balance of the Slipknot/Otep-esque heavier moments with the more melodic moments. The two sides are so distinct from one another, but paired here they work surprisingly well. That is a tribute to the work of the band and those behind the boards to make sure it all worked. The intense impact of the song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes this song stand out. Its own seeming lyrical commentary makes for its own interest.
The seeming commentary featured in ‘Disclosure!’ comes across as a statement about social media. More specifically, it seems to comment about people who use social media just to keep tabs on others and try to cause trouble for them. This is inferred as vocalist Tatiana Shmailyuk screams, “You say you follow me/But indeed/You put a tail on me/Like a snoop gets the wind of my feet/And everywhere I’ve been/What I do/Where I go/What I say/What I don’t/Get a life of your own!” If in fact this is what these lines are addressing, then plenty of people will relate to this matter. It seems to address those people who try to connect with others on social media just to see what they do in hopes that they will fail. There is even mention later in the song of playing “this mind game/If you really feel no g****** shame.” That together with the admonition that “If knowledge is power/Then ignorance devoured you/Your mind is as shallow/As a puddle on a hot summer day” really seems to further the seeming indictment of those who refuse to just live their lives instead of following and trolling so many others, regardless of their status in life. This is all just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only one. Hopefully it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark. Regardless, the manner in which Shmailyuk delivers her message (again whatever it may be) makes for so much reason to remain engaged even in this case. When it and the song’s musical arrangement are considered together, they make the song just one more example of what makes Jinjer’s new album so engaging. When it and the other songs examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album overall a work that will appeal easily to Jinjer’s established audiences as well as those who are less familiar with the band and its catalog.
Jinjer’s forthcoming album, Wallflowers is a strong new offering from the hard rock outfit. The album’s appeal comes through its musical and lyrical content alike. That is evidenced through the songs examined here. The musical arrangements will appeal equally to the band’s established audiences and metal fans in general. The record’s lyrical content is presented in its own unique fashion while its messages are sure to interest audiences, too. From beginning to end, this applies with every one of the album’s works. All things considered, they make Wallflowers a unique addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.
Wallflowers is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.
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