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Jenner - Prove Them Wrong

A captivating blend of thrash riff and classic heavy metal melodies - 92%

Agonymph, February 4th, 2024

Jenner’s debut album ‘To Live is to Suffer’ impressed me with its surprisingly mature approach to thrash metal songwriting. Guitarist and main songwriter Aleksandra Stamenković is one of the few young thrashers that realizes a good thrash song needs more than just a bunch of fast riffs and a handful of bits the audience can shout along to. Nearly seven years have passed since the release of their debut, but there is finally a follow-up in the shape of ‘Prove Them Wrong’. And it’s essentially anything a follow-up of a great album should be, as it does everything its predecessor did right even better.

Things have changed a bit, however. Only Stamenković remains from the debut album, and with the band being a trio now, she also took over lead vocals. A singer change often brings along a considerable shift in sound, but that fortunately is not the case here. For the cleanest vocals, Stamenković actually has a tone that is surprisingly similar to Anđelina Mitić, but Stamenković might actually be an improvement when it comes to the rougher-edged stuff. She has a mildly aggressive snarl that works really well with the music, and nimbly alternating between her various tones does wonders for the dynamics of the songs.

Stamenković’s debut as Jenner’s singer – the 2020 EP ‘The Test of Time’ – made me think Jenner would go more traditional heavy metal to facilitate her voice. In a way, that both is and isn’t true. The classic heavy metal melodies are more pronounced here, but Jenner can still thrash viciously when they want to. Sometimes even within the same song, as evidenced by the hypermelodic chorus in the midtempo thrash stomp of ‘Not Even You’. The fact that ‘Prove Them Wrong’ ranges from the borderline melodic hardrock with thrash break of ‘I Saw It All Clear’ to the no-nonsense thrash of ‘Never Say Die’ is its biggest strength.

An early favorite of mine was ‘Eye for an Eye’. The way the track toys with the time feel of the drums underneath a bunch of classic thrash riffs is just excellent, and those vocal harmonies in the chorus are awesome. Another highlight is the epic closer ‘Laws of the Weak’, which is probably the most dynamic track in how it switches between contrasting sections. Truly brilliant songwriting. Opening track ‘No Time for Prayer’ does exactly what it should do: introduce the listeners to the wonderful world that is Jenner’s music. It builds from a clean intro to a nice uptempo thrasher with a simple, but brutally effective chorus.

On ‘Prove Them Wrong’, Jenner found a way to refine their blend of thrash metal riffs and classic heavy metal melodies in a way that is just as captivating as on ‘To Live is to Suffer’, only improve upon the formula in every imaginable way. As a big fan of Heathen, I wish more bands would attempt this fusion of metal styles. Not that Jenner is a Heathen soundalike by any means, but they seem to operate from a similar songwriting philosophy. After all, the greatest thrash bands never sacrificed memorability for pure speed. Jenner doesn’t either and that has gotten them to release two incredible albums thus far.

Recommended tracks: ‘Laws of the Weak’, ‘No Time for Prayer’, ‘Eye for an Eye’

Originally written for my Kevy Metal weblog