A Big Welcome for Ukraine metalcore Jinjer at Bourbon Theatre

Jinjer performing in the front of a near-sold out crowd at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, November 5, 2021. (Photo credit: Robert A Chadwick)


On Friday, November 5, if you were a metalhead in Nebraska, the place to be was at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, as Jinjer, Suicide Silence, and All Hail the Yeti were in town. The nearly sold-out crowd was raging hard for all three bands. This was my first club metal show since before the pandemic, so I was glad to see that energy back.

All Hail the Yeti from Los Angeles, CA kicked off the night’s festivities. With an elaborate stage design, they were pleased to the eye. This straight-up heavy metal band blended modern metal with some Alice in Chains-inspired harmonies. Enjoyed their energy. They have a new album coming out later this week called, Within the Hollow Earth. Great start for the night.

Direct support came from Riverside, CA deathcore act, Suicide Silence. I’ve been wanting to see guys ever since I checked them out back in 2011. Now, ten years later, they are still crushing it. Shout out to drummer Ernie Iniguez for crushing it on the kit, who was filling in for Alex Lopez as he was taking care of a family emergency. This band is one of the heaviest bands still crushing it in the deathcore scene for decades. Lead vocalist Eddie Hermida seemed very humble on stage, with the crowd giving the band a warm Nebraska welcome. And I’m always impressed by Mark Heylmun’s guitar playing (and his amazing beard), shredding up and down the neck of his guitar. I’m glad to have finally seen Suicide Silence, who are still crushing it to this day.

Prog metallers Jinjer from the Ukraine is a band I was not so familiar with prior to being recommended to cover their show. And then I saw them live and was amazed by how they performed. This quartet is a power house, led by one Tatiana Shmailyuk, lead vocalist. She balanced singing and screaming so perfectly, just having a great time on stage. It was heavy and melodic in the best way. I totally get why they have such a loyal fanbase. I hope they continue to tour the US, especially Nebraska, as they are one of the most interesting metal bands playing.


Suicide Silence

All Hail the Yeti

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