“Nothing can justify violence”

Jinjer, an internationally successful Ukrainian metal band, condemned Vladimir Putin’s decision to have Russian troops invade their “sovereign and independent” country.

Following the release of their fourth album, Wallflowersin August last year, Jinjer is set to open the first leg of Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” US tour starting next month, as well as headline a number of dates out of the exit (tickets here). While it’s unclear how the current unrest in Ukraine will affect their touring plans, the band are currently focusing on the bigger picture.

in a new Facebook post, Jinjer indicated that they are currently safe while pleading for the war to end soon. Their message reads as follows:

“Dear all, as we write this text, at this time, every member of JINJER and our families are safe and sound. We really appreciate all our fans around the world for their attention, their contact and for all the sympathy and support for our group and, more importantly, for our country.

As you all know, early this morning of February 24, Putin launched war against sovereign and independent #ukraine! Know that in this time we really depend on you, our fans in all countries – to support Ukraine and peace in our country as you can – especially our fans in Russia, you and your opinion matter the most right now.

NOTHING can justify violence and the killing of innocent people, and that is exactly what is happening in our country right now.

Stop the war in Ukraine now!

When Serious consequence spoke with Jinjer singer Tatiana Shmayluk a few years ago for our “Beyond the Boys’ Club” column, she told us how she was first influenced by Russian rock bands and then introduced to bands Americans.

“My brother brought a lot of music to our house, and I started from rock, really Russian rock,” Shmayluk recalls. “I started listening to metal, rock, grunge and later punk rock. … When I heard Nirvana, I was blown away, and I’m still a huge fan of that band. Then I heard Alice in Chains and The Offspring, and they really inspired me a lot.When I was 12 or 13, I was a big fan of The Offspring.

Hopefully the continued safety of Jinjer members and their respective families.

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