John Darnielle

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  • 12 years ago | Music News

    What if the Smiths had been our little secret -- not a worldwide phenomenon whose appeal crossed cultural barriers with breathless ease, but a closely guarded icon whose worshipers shared in the unique communion of the secret cause? We would feel ...

  • 12 years ago | Music News

    One can't say for sure whether Montreal's The End went into the recording of Within Dividia intending to make a sort of metal-core answer to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but that's pretty much what it turns out to be, impressively enough. Don't ...

  • 12 years ago | Music News

    How one feels about Diamanda Galás depends largely on how one feels about the term "serious art." We Americans don't have much use for the stuff usually; nor does anyone else, really, though college students who spend a semester in continen...

  • 12 years ago | Music News

    Death metal is a victim of its own PR. Nearly every band touts itself as the most brutal, the most devastating, the most over-the-top thing to come down the pike since the Spanish Inquisition. A certain amount of preaching to an already extant cho...

  • 12 years ago | Music News

    Numerous long shadows fall across Choronzon: Metallica circa Master of Puppets, Opeth's Blackwater Park, the Current 93 school of drawing-room satanism. This could bode well -- or poorly. It all depends on who's working with the source material. A...

  • 12 years ago | Music News

    Heavy metal's historical moment continues to stretch itself magnificently, having increasingly more fun in the process. Take Dimension Zero, a band from Sweden with credential-heavy pedigree (In Flames, Marduk) and a John Wayne-like commitment to ...