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Down in June vs Death in Rome

Death in June are a band who have been dogged by controversy, but the influence of their music and aesthetic on the underground is undeniable. Today we want to share with you two amazing Death in June cover projects – Sweden’s Down in June and Germany’s Death in Rome. They both take a different approach to Death in June’s iconic style and sound. Down in June covers DiJ songs in a captivating way. It’s rediscovering songs you have heard countless times with new ears. In the words of DiJ themselves, Down in June “deconstruct and lavishly, as well as lovingly, reinvent” their songs. On the other side of the spectrum lies Death in Rome, who take pop songs that have embedded theirselves into our consciousness whether we like it or not, and play them back to us in a Death in June style. They make songs like Haddaway’s “What is Love” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic” sound like dark neofolk classics. Their reinterpretation of songs that make my skin crawl is brilliant – they’ve revealed the inner darkness at the heart of pop and it is beautiful. Check out some tracks from both below.



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Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.



  1. Simon Mowles

    May 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

    When In Rome are also good.

  2. Matt Birkin

    May 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Down in June !

  3. Zach Ayvruhm

    May 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    i like em both. hit parade is still in regular rotation here

  4. Eduardo Núñez

    May 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Both <3

  5. Radek Trembecki

    May 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

    both crap, just like the original.

  6. J.T. Harechmak

    May 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

    “Make Racists Afraid Again!” vs “Death in June is very influential tho”

  7. Matt Kelley

    May 5, 2017 at 8:03 am


  8. Jose Jimenez

    May 5, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Down in june are pretty fantastic

  9. Rebekah Dunbar

    May 5, 2017 at 7:09 am


  10. Bill Farrar

    May 5, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Just listen to Crisis before they became Nazi shitheads.

  11. Simon Mowles

    May 5, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Death In June are a fantastic band. I was lucky enough to see them in London with Non a few years ago.

  12. Fernand Oer

    May 5, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Jennifer June

  13. Sophia Weißberg

    May 5, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Death in rome ❤

  14. Slavko Bladik

    May 5, 2017 at 1:42 am


  15. Brnd Hnjs

    May 5, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Down in Rome

  16. Ralf Sandner

    May 5, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Oh. Nazi cover bands.

    • Justin Terference

      May 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      I love Nazi cover you know where I can find more? You seem like an expert

  17. Chris Owen

    May 5, 2017 at 1:17 am

    A lot of the time I’ll tale Down in June over Death in June.

  18. Steve Härländ

    May 5, 2017 at 1:13 am

    The original by far

  19. Johan Det Ström

    May 5, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Death in june

  20. Bryan Szymecki

    May 5, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Death In Rome!

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