Regarding Fugazi's influence:
What Fugazi harnessed better than any other was the power of restraint. Hardcore had been all about balls-out intensity, but Fugaziís twisty rhythms and patient calculation made the louder, more intense parts of songs that much more powerful.
Diary hovers in a difficult-to-find sweet spot, alternately contemplative and cathartic, an engrossing mix of melody, power, and atmosphere. For so many bands that came after Sunny Day Real Estateówho would essentially break up (for the first time) just months after the albumís releaseóDiary was the blueprint.
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