Dianthus guitarist Jackie Parry on balancing soloing with songwriting and how classical piano informs her guitar approach

Jackie Parry
(Image credit: Jack Lue)

Few, if any, of today’s crop of metal bands feature twin sisters, and that’s certainly one of the things that help Dianthus stand out from their contemporaries. That, and a heavy sound that incorporates elements of classical, prog, and goth, which is on display throughout recently released sophomore effort, Realms. 

Comprising Jackie and Jessica Parry (on vocals/guitar/bass and drums/backing vocals, respectively), Dianthus hails from Riverside, California, and in 2020 they issued their debut album, Worth Living For. 

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.