On a lively Monday evening in Harrisburg, PA, the renowned Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC) buzzed with excitement as fans eagerly awaited the performances of two metal heavyweights: Jinjer and Monuments. HMAC, known for its intimate atmosphere and eclectic style, provided the perfect setting for a concert that was destined to be unforgettable.
Kicking off the night, Monuments, a British progressive metal band, captivated the audience with their unique fusion of progressive and djent influences. From the very first chord, they captured the crowd’s attention. Their complex guitar riffs, particularly in songs like “Cardinal Red” and “I, The Creator,” highlighted John Browne’s mastery. Mike Malyan’s drumming was a spectacle, combining technical prowess with the raw energy that resonated throughout the audience.
What truly set Monuments apart was the undeniable chemistry among the band members. Vocalist Andy Cizek showcased an impressive vocal range, effortlessly transitioning between deep, guttural growls and melodic harmonies. Their performance was not just about individual notes, but a collective journey that the audience felt a part of.
As Monuments concluded their set, the anticipation for Jinjer’s performance reached a fever pitch. When the lights dimmed again, signaling the entrance of the Ukrainian metalcore band, the crowd’s roar reached a crescendo. Led by vocalist Tatiana Shmailyuk, Jinjer delivered their distinctive blend of progressive metalcore with reggae undertones. Their live rendition of “Teacher, Teacher!” demonstrated that this was a band that commanded the stage.
Shmailyuk, in particular, left the audience in awe. Her ability to switch between serene, melodic vocals and powerful growls, especially in tracks like “Pisces” and “Perennial,” showcased her extraordinary talent. The magic of Jinjer, however, extended beyond their charismatic frontwoman. Roman Ibramkhalilov’s guitar work, Eugene Abdukhanov’s gripping bass lines, and Vladislav Ulasevich’s drumming expertise came together to create a rich and unforgettable sonic experience.
Beyond their music, both bands forged genuine connections with their fans. It was a celebration of music and community. As Jinjer finished their set, the calls for an encore echoed throughout HMAC. In true rockstar fashion, they obliged, leaving everyone in attendance elated. As the echoes of the final song began to fade and the crowd slowly dispersed, it was undeniable that HMAC had hosted more than a concert that evening. Jinjer and Monuments had crafted a timeless memory, a testament to the boundless power of music and the communities it creates.