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EUGENE ABDUKHANOV

Bassist with Ukrainian metalcore band Jinjer explains how Cynic showed him the way into musiciansh­ip.

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“I come from a completely provincial community, where you just don’t get heavy bands. So when I first heard Cynic at the age of 14, before I was even a musician, I was literally shocked. I was so stunned by how different it was to everything else. Then I started hearing the music itself, and not just how heavy it was.

“I suppose I was looking for something like that, and Cynic got me started with intricate music. The first two songs on their first album, Focus, were Veil Of Maya and Celestial Voyage. It took a while until I was able to play music like that, but I learned Celestial Voyage and it opened up that song in a completely new way for me as a musician. From the perspectiv­e of production – because people don’t have to listen to music in bad formats the way we did! – 2008’s Traced In Air is a masterpiec­e. It’s a masterpiec­e in terms of music too!

“Even though Sean Malone – rest in peace – used to play fretless bass, and there’s a big difference between how that sounds and how my picking sounds, I learned a lot in terms of composing my bass lines.

Using 16th notes to play a melody along with the guitar lines is actually a musical tool I use on our upcoming album [Jinjer’s fourth album Wallflower­s], on a song called

Dead Hands Feel No Pain.

“Cynic was also the very first well-establishe­d world band who I saw live. I was around 21, and it was a hero experience for me. I have a picture with Paul Masvidal where I have my right hand broken at the time. I was passing by, they were behind the stage in a space to meet fans, and

I got to shake their hands – although it was my left hand! And it was really interestin­g to listen to them for the first time as real people talking about music. Those memories will always stay with me. Maybe it’s the reason why we as a band treat our fans the way we do.

“I think that maybe Cynic were underestim­ated in their time, but there’s a whole generation of technical death metal and progressiv­e death metal bands who are taking their ideas forward.”

“There’s a whole generation of bands who are taking Cynic’s ideas forward.”

Jinjer’s fourth album, Wallflower­s, is released via Napalm Records on August 27. For more details visit www.jinjer-metal.com.

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