Top 10 Ukrainian Rock and Metal Bands by Eugene Abdukhanov of JINJER

Today, Metalhead Community Team is putting a spotlight on the Ukrainian rock and metal music scene. We asked Eugene Abdukhanov, the invincible bass player of JINJER, to share with us his top 10 list and we put them together for our readers to give these incredible bands more recognition. Top 10 Ukrainian Rock and Metal bands by Eugene Abdukhanov of JINJER.

I’d like to start the article with JINJER, for those who haven’t heard of them. JINJER is internationally the most accomplished Ukrainian Djent/Metalcore/Deathcore/Progressive Metal band in the history of their nation, who is currently signed by Napalm Records and has been successfully touring the world for a long time, shared the same stage numerous times with the bands who are at the top league of the industry. Jinjer is originally from Donetsk, formed back in 2009.

Current line up:
Tatiana Shmayluk (Vocals)
Roman Ibramkhalilov (Guitars)
Eugene Abdukhanov (Bass)
Vladislav Ulasevich (Drums)

Check out the video below to see one of their latest work, PERENNIAL, which is my personal favorite.

10 – ANNA / АННА (Nu-Metal / Metalcore)

ANNA is a nu-metal/metalcore band originally from Lviv, making music in their native language, Ukrainian. The band was formed in 2002, toured Ukraine numerous times, played at big festivals, and earned acceptance from the metal community of their nation with their determination, innovative approach, and understanding of music. They have started their careers with a demo album which actually wasn’t officially released due to sound quality issues, “Proba / Проба”, in 2003. Anna’s first official release is “Spriymay Mene / Сприймай Мене” released in 2006, which isn’t on Spotify for some unknown reason as well. The band continued their careers with these releases since that time, “Karmatresh / Карматреш” (2008), “Sribna Zmiya / Срібна змія” (2010), ” Gimn Zamurovanikh / Гімн замурованих” (2012), “Nenasitni / Ненаситні” (2015), “Virodok / Виродок” (2015), “Ne Zgasay / Не Згасай” (2018), “Privet! Kak Dela!? / Привет! как дела!?” (2018), “Elektroshock / Электрошок” (2018), and “Peretinay Za Grannuyu Gran / Перетинай За Гранню Грань” (2018).

The band hasn’t been active online and on social media networks for some time. As far as I can gather, the band has had many ups and downs in their careers, yet recently got back together and working on a new album project.

Current Lineup:
Viktor Novosolov – Vocals / Віктор Новосьолов — вокал
Sergey Nesterenko – Guitars, Vocals / Сергій Нестеренко — гітара, вокал
Ilya Orlov – Bass, Vocals / Ілля Орлов — бас-гітара, вокал
Viktor Jirkov – Keyboard, Samples / Віктор Жирков — клавіші-семпли
Aleksander Gladishuk – Drums / Олександр Гладищук — ударні

09 – POKRUCH / ПОКРУЧ (Progressive / Art-Rock)

Pokruch is a promising progressive/art-rock/metal band originally from Kyiv. The band has rich instrumentation, a unique blend of ethnic with western influences, powerful musical character, and making music in their native language, Ukrainian. They truly show potential with their approach, already started to gain international recognition. Pokruch started their careers with a single, “Sad / Сад” in 2015, and continued with for more releases, “Neba / Небо” (2015), “Tsi / Ци” (2016), “Klasika i Kosmetika / Класика и косметика” (2017) and “Tango / Танго” (2020).

Current Lineup:
Yevgeniy Petrusenko – Vocals, guitars
Sergey KNOB Lyubinskiy – guitar, sound engineering

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08 – VELIKHAN (Djent / Progressive / Nu-Metal)

Velikhan is undoubtedly one of the most promising Ukrainian bands who has made a big impact with their latest music video; HERO. The band is originally from Kyiv and making music in both English and Ukrainian. They are making the actual difference with their powerful musical character and the theme of their band. Velikhan started their careers with an EP, Oh Lord! in 2017, continued with Yassa (2017), Hero (2018), Slumper (Remix by L.s.) (2018), Cultrash (2019), an Monger (2020). The band was formed by well-known names from the Ukrainian metal scene. Guitarist Oleksiy Sherkhan Sidorenko, who is also the founder of the band MegamasS. Bass guitarist – Sergei KNOB Lyubinsky, founder of the legendary TOL and the recording studio Revet Sound. Drummer – Andrey Litvinenko from Psionic Arc. Vocalist – Nikita Obushenko who participated in the “Voice of the Country / Голос країни” Tv show and made an impact with his performance.

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07 – AGREGAT / АГРЕГАТ (Nu-Metal)

аГРегАт / Agregat is a hardcore / nu-metal band from Donetsk. The trio is Sergey Ustavshikov / Сергей Уставщиков on vocals, Konstantin Tuyev / Константин Туев on bass guitars and Aleksey Pereligin / Алексей Перелыгин on guitars. Unfortunately, the band doesn’t have much information online. Their song, Ubey Kapitalizm / Убей Капитализм was released not long ago on February 1, 2020.

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06 – 1914 (Blackened Sludge / Death Metal)

1914 is a black / blackened sludge / death metal band, who is surely one of the most promising Ukrainian metal bands of all time, originally from Lviv. The band is formed in 2014, at the 100th anniversary of the first world war, and earned international recognition, actively touring for many years and taking part in almost every extreme metal festival all around the world. They are currently signed by Napalm Records and making the actual difference with their I. World War theme.

1914 has started their careers with a long-play album called, Eschatology of War in 2016. Since then the band released three more long-play albums, Ich hatt einen Kameraden (2016), Für Kaiser, Volk und Vaterland! / Stoßtrupp 1917 (2018), The Blind Leading the Blind (2019), and two singles, Arrival. The Meuse-Argonne (2019) and C’est Mon Dernier Pigeon (2019).

Current Lineup:
Vocals | 2.Division, Infanterie-Regiment Nr.147, Oberleutnant – Dmytro Kumar
Guitar | 37.Division, Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr.73, Wachtmiester – Liam Fessen
Guitar | 5.Division, Ulanen-Regiment Nr.3, Sergeanten – Vitalis Winkelhock
Bass | 9.Division, Grenadier-Regiment Nr.7, Unteroffiziere – Armin von Heinessen
Drums | 33.Division, 7.Thueringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr.96, Gefreite – Rusty Potoplacht

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05 – SINOPTIK (Progressive Rock)

Sinoptik is one of the promising and also well-known bands in the Ukrainian music scene, originally from Kyiv. The progressive rock trio gained recognition in their native country after winning the title “The world best rock band” in Berlin and performed in front of 80.000 people in the Olympics Stadium in Kyiv. Sinoptik officially started their careers with a long-play album, 16/58 in 2014. Since then, the band released two more long-play albums, Interplanet Overdrive (2016), Fields on Fire (2018), thee singles, Standalone Syndrome (2016), Black Soul Man (2020), Apple Tree (2021), and one EP, From Nothing to Forever (2019).

Current Lineup:
Dmitriy Afanasiev – Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Ruslan Babayev – Drums
Aleksander Savin – Bass

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04 – ZLAM / ЗЛАМ (Djent / Progressive Metal)

Zlam / ЗЛАМ is another super progressive/djent metal band originally from Kyiv, with an innovative but also a modern approach to metal music. Their musical character has similarities with JINJER and TOL, not that much into death but more into hardcore/screamo, whereas JINJER’s drummer Vladyslav Ulasevych is Zlam’s original drummer at the same time. After checking out a few of their songs, I totally agree that Zlam deserves recognition.

Zlam has started their careers with a long play album called, “Pid Tiskom Nabutikh Obraziv / Під тиском набутих образів” in 2012. Since then, the band released one more long-play album, “Bachiv, Yak Vdikhayut Gore / Бачив, як вдихають горе” (2014) and an EP, ” Vidchuttya, Yak Tisyachi Do Tsogo / Відчуття, Як Тисячі До Цього” (2016).

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03 – SPACE OF VARIATIONS (Metalcore / Post Hardcore)

Space of Variations is Ukrainian chaotic metalcore/ post hardcore band, one of the most well-known metal bands among the metalheads in Ukraine. The band has started their careers with a single called; Gunsight in 2015, then continued with two EPs, Blackmail (2016) and XXXXX (2020), one single, Tibet (2017), and one long-play album, Mind Darknet (2018).

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02 – TOL / ТОЛ (Djent / Progressive Metal / Metalcore)

TOL / ТОЛ is one of the most well-known and respected Ukrainian metal bands, originally from Kyiv, who pioneered a total new genre in their native countries, and are also one of my personal favorites. Their music has a modern approach, blending elements from different styles such as hardcore, djent, metalcore and deathcore. They have started their careers with an EP, “Kley.Mo / Клей.Мо in 2013. Since then, the band released two long-play albums, “Sindrom Bajannya / Синдром Бажання” (2013) and “Utopiya / Утопия” (2013). (the information about their discography based on their profile on Spotify. I don’t think these are all their releases as well as the release dates)

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01 – MEGAMASS (Sport Rock / Hardcore)

Megamass is another promising djent/metalcore band, who are sitting at the top of Eugene’s Top 10 Ukrainian Rock and Metal Bands list. These gents  originally from Kyiv, and has the largest respected discography compared to all other bands in the list. They define their own music genre more specifically as “Sport Rock / Hardcore”.

Megamass has started their careers with a single called “Kolya / Коля” in 2013, and continued with four EPs, “Odin 2” (2015), “Odin 3” (2016), “Odin” (2017) and “Megamass” (2020), two singles, “Ti Doljna Bit Moyey / Ты Должна быть моей” (2016) and “Na Grani Pustoti / На грани пустоты” (2017), and two long-play albums, “Sverkhrelyef / Сверхрельефъ” (2017) and “Yevo velichestva udar / Его величество удар” (2017).

https://youtu.be/sQtLE0vJY5c

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