JESSICA PARRY (DIANTHUS): “On Songwriting Usually The Drums Come First, I’ll Come Up With A Groove And Then My Sister Jackie Will Come Up With A Riff”



Interview date: October 20, 2020

If you haven’t already heard of the Heavy Metal Prog duo Dianthus, then you should take note of their newest release “Creeping In” from the forthcoming album titled Realms on Deko Entertainment. Dianthus are currently in the midst of recording their brand-new album “Realms” with producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Butcher Babies, etc.), and they will be releasing a series of singles monthly leading up to the full release tentatively due in early 2021.

Deko Entertainment president, Bruce Pucciarello commented “Deko is really excited to bring new Dianthus’ music to a quickly expanding fanbase. Jackie and Jessica create songs that are undeniably catchy. “Creeping In” is another great example… (spoiler alert) the video is killer too”.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had the opportunity to talk with drummer extraordinaire Jessica Parry of Dianthus about her influences, working with producer Steve Evetts and what it’s like playing in a Heavy Metal Prog duo with your twin sister. Check out the conversation on YouTube.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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