Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Lucky Man (https://www.luckymanonline.com/ )
Venue: Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ (https://www.marqueetheatreaz.com/ )
Date: Sunday December 12th, 2021
Tour: Coming To America 2021
Sorry for the late review, but with the holidays and then my entire family getting this damn cold and stomach flu that is going around (not Covid) we have all been having a wonderful time. I hope everyone had a good holiday and that Santa gave you everything you wanted (if not, buy it yourself).
It was a shame that All Hail The Yeti was unable to make it to the venue. I was really hoping to see them since I have never seen them perform live before. Seems they had a vehicle breakdown in New Mexico on the way to the Arizona. They attempted to get alternative transportation, but were not able to make it to Tempe in time for the show. Hopefully they were able to get their vehicle fixed and were able to continue on the tour with Jinjer and Suicide Silence.
It was great to see a full house finally at the Marquee. At the same time, it was a little scary due to the start of the Omicron phase of this damn pandemic. Luckily the Marquee and other venues here in Phoenix area require either a fully vaccinated card or a negative test result. They do provide onsite fast testing.
Tonight’s headliner was Jinjer, a metal band from the Ukraine. They have been labeled as Progressive Groove metal, heavy metal and Metalcore. From my perspective they are more of a metalcore style band. As a number of other metal bands from Europe, they are fronted by a dynamic front lady.
Tatiana Shmailyuk is the front person and lead singer for Jinjer. She has a commanding voice that enthralls the audience. As she belted out the songs, she was constantly moving around on the stage and jumping up on the riser in the middle of the stage. Lead guitarist Roman Ibramkhalilov provided the powerful riffs and melonic melodies. Bass player Eugene Abdukhanov provided the bassline and power grooves while drummer Vladislav Ulasevish supplies the thundering and pulsating rhythm for the songs.
They started the show with the powerful “Call Me a Symbol” from their newest album Wallflowers. Tatiana showed her exceptional vocal range on this song going from a guttural roar to melonic harmony. And yes, all of the vocals are done by Tatiana. A large part to tonight’s performance was from the Wallflowers album. They also mixed in songs from their Macro album and Micro EP.
This was my first time to see Jinjer and they were extremely impressive. I loved the energy of Tatiana and her badass voice. She definitely captivated the audience. Roman, Eugene and Vladislav were also awesome as they pounded out the songs. At times they had the entire crowd jumping and pounding their fists into the air along with the songs. There was also an impressive mosh pit that was spurred on by both Roman and Eugene. Would I go see Jinjer again, YES in a heartbeat. They are an amazing live act.
At the end of the show, they all came out on stage along with the road crew as they celebrated Vladislav‘s birthday. We all sang Happy Birthday to him and they even brought out a cake for him.
My one complaint is that very little front lighting was provided during the performance. Jinjer had an amazing stage lighting setup that worked extremely well with their performance. But without front lighting, the band was constantly back or side lit. This was especially noticeable when Tatiana was on the raised platform and all you could see were the fluorescence highlights around her eyes. I understand that the band wants the audience to see their impressive light show, but you can still provide some front lighting. Look at KISS or some of the other mega bands. They have a fantastic light and pyrotechnic show and still use frontal lighting.
Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved
Jinjer Setlist: (Album)
Call Me a Symbol (Wallflowers)
On the Top (Macro)
Pit of Consciousness (Macro)
I Speak Astronomy (King of Everything)
Judgement (& Punishment) (Macro)
Sleep of the Righteous (Wallflowers)
Teacher, Teacher (Micro)
As I Boil Ice (Wallflowers)
The concert started about 45 minutes late with Suicide Silence starting the show. This was the second time I have seen Suicide Silence and they are even better this time. Their set consisted of songs from all of their albums. I was surprised that they only did one song from their latest album Become The Hunter. However, it was a set of their best songs from each album.
Suicide Silence is a Deathcore metal band and from the very first song the crowd went crazy. A huge mosh pit opened up just off to the side in the middle of the floor. Their must have been over 50 people in the pit at any given time. The band fed this by pounding out the pulsating rhythms. By the time the set was completed a number of people were sweating profusely and some even looked exhausted to a point of almost collapsing. For a death metal concert, this is a sign of a great show. This is also what the headlining band wants. They want the crowd revved up and wanting more.
Suicide Silence is fronted by lead singer Hernan “Eddie” Hermida. Founding member Chris Garza provides the rhythm guitar and Mark Heylmun supplies lead guitar. Drummer Alex Lopez and bass player Dan Kenny round out the band.
If you get a chance to see Suicide Silence or just love death metal music, then I would highly recommend this show. They are definitely better live then on their albums. Also, at a live show you get the rush of their performance and the energy of the crowd.
Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved
Suicide Silence Setlist: (Album)
Unanswered (The Cleansing)
You Only Live Once (The Black Crown)
Disengage (No Time to Bleed)
Slaves to Substance (The Black Crown)
Fuck Everything (The Black Crown)
Love Me to Death (Become the Hunter)
Hold Me Up, Hold Me Down (Suicide Silence)
No Pity for a Coward (The Cleansing)