2016 began with the announcement of signing with Napalm and incredibly hard work in the studio. The band locked up at the rehearsal room for more than a month and by the middle of February finished the preproduction record of the entire upcoming album. JINJER moved to Kiev and entered the Morton Studio on February 20th. Next several weeks were totally devoted to tracking and recording.
It must be noted that the album which later would be entitled KING OF EVERYTHING was composed and recorded in extremely short terms which of course caused severe tensions in the band, stress, arguments. In fact, the Winter of 2015-2016 was the most difficult period in the history of JINJER, never before the band was so close to break up. We were working under huge pressure, almost 24 hours 7 days a week. But on the other hand it was worth doing so. Somehow the band managed to accumulate all inner strength and creativity to make the most sincere songs we had ever written. Tatiana was going through a period of very deep depression and it also reflected in the lyrics and the whole concept for KING OF EVERYTHING.
Mixing and mastering was finished by 20th of April and next the band went on Roll Over Tour (Spring 2016). The tour was rather controversial. Exhaustion after the recording session was still above us. We performed new and unreleased songs which was a challenge itself. Moreover, Tatiana was only getting out of her depression and just a few days before the tour she seriously injured her knee, namely tore her meniscus. As a result, she had to perform with a bandage on her knee and her movements were quite limited. Nevertheless, most shows went very well, including several soldouts. That very moment we started realizing that JINJER managed to move to a different level – bigger crowds, better clubs, much more attention from the press and more offers from Summer festivals. The tour was finished in Tbilisi, Georgia on June 5th . JINJER were supposed to play at Tbilisi Jam Fest as a headliner along with Tiamat, but just before the band went on stage, a local religious community brought a huge crowd of furious religious fanatics to the festival area. The festival was sabotaged. The formal reason according to the priests was that “satanic music could be heard in the local monastery one mile away from the festival area”.
Finally the tour was over and following it we had a very serious discussion with Dimitriy Kim. The drummer had informed the band even before the tour that he was about to leave. We all agreed to take the final decision after the tour would be finished. Eventually all of us understood that JINJER and Kim just couldn’t move forward together any longer for several reasons. First of all, Dimitriy couldn’t keep up with concert schedule and took touring quite painfully, moreover there were several musical contradictions and tensions.
The first and the only candidate for a vacant drummer position was Vladislav Ulasevish, a member of ZLAM band from Kiev and our old friend. Actually, he had already substituted Kim at the drums for a single show in 2015. So when we came to him and made an offer, his only words were: I am with you, you may not ask anyone else. After a month of intense rehearsals Vlad performed his fist show with JINJER at FajtFest in Czech on July 23rd. The show was filmed and recorded as a raw concert mix and available now as a bootleg on youtube.
Just one week after this, on 29th of July JINJER’s next album – KING OF EVERYTHING was released by Napalm Records worldwide. In the next several months this album got incredibly positive feedback from music press all around the world including positive reviews and articles by Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Legacy, Revolver, and many more. Metalized (DK) claimed: “Jinjer is the modern day version of Pantera kickin it hard as stone on this new album!” King Of Everything was the first album by JINJER united under a solid concept devoted to people’s dependencies in the modern society. The album hit the American charts and definitely made the band worldwide famous. Several magazines included the album in their top-10 of 2016 and the main single – I Speak Astronomy ended up on 19th position in METAL TOP-120 by Spotify.
The rest of the Summer 2016 JINJER spent performing at Summer Festivals around the whole Europe. Definitely the most memorable ones were Q-Stock Festival in Finland, Metal on the Hill in Austria and Summer Dying Loud in Poland. In the end of September, the band set off on a tour to support KING OF EVERYTHING album. For the first time we reached the far-west of Europe and performed shows in Spain and Portugal. The concert in Madrid on October 12th was recorded and filmed and later on released as an official live by NAPALM RECORDS. Moreover, the band played at one of the most famous progressive metal festivals in Europe – EuroBlast in Cologne. Also at the beginning of November the band for the first time performed in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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