Deftones
Diamond Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fosster3567 USER (6 Reviews)
May 5th, 2010 | 26 replies | 7,472 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Diamond Eyes? More like keylime pies!

3 of 3 thought this review was well written



Four years after the release of their last album – a period marked by heartbreak and an in-the-works record that was abandoned – Deftones have returned with Diamond Eyes, a stirring effort that perfectly captures this ace alt-metal band in all its guises. Combining bruising hard rock with intricate, gorgeous ballads, Diamond Eyes is the group’s first effort since longtime bassist Chi Cheng slipped into a coma in 2008, but Deftones’ sadness over their fallen comrade has resulted in one of the group’s most vital albums.

A Way to Channel Difficult Emotions
Deftones were in the midst of completing their follow-up to 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist, which was to be called Eros, when Cheng was involved in an automobile accident in the fall of 2008, winding up in a coma. The rest of the band elected to set aside the Eros material and start from scratch, bringing aboard former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega to fill in for Cheng. Prior to the release of Diamond Eyes, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno insisted that his lyrics wouldn’t explicitly address Cheng, and indeed one of the album’s strengths is that it doesn’t seem in any way to be exploiting Cheng’s uncertain situation. To be sure, Diamond Eyes boasts a fiery, seething vibrancy, but rather than directly confronting their feelings about Cheng, Deftones seem to have channeled those emotions into music that practically sizzles with tension and feeling.

Alt-Metal Done Right
As a genre, alt-metal encompasses a lot of different bands of widely varying quality. But as an example of how it’s done properly, Deftones are near the head of the pack. Diamond Eyes demonstrates not only the band’s musical dexterity but also their adventurousness. The crushing riffs of “Diamond Eyes” and “Royal” will delight mosh-pit fans, but what’s remarkable about the album is that even the ballads have a punishing, muscular quality to them, proof that an alt-metal band can access their softer side without resorting to power-ballad formula. Like their forefathers in Tool and Faith No More, Deftones are producing challenging rock music whose twists and turns may at first seem confusing but which ultimately result in hypnotic, galvanizing tunes. Even the least immediately accessible songs off Diamond Eyes slowly start to assert themselves, their hooks drilling into your subconscious until it’s hard to separate the album’s high and low points.

Moody, Memorable Songs

Always known for their moody, atmospheric metal, Deftones outdo themselves with Diamond Eyes, particularly on songs that are a lot more poignant than their titles might suggest. “Sextape” has nothing salacious going on – in fact, it’s a moving lament about spiritual isolation set against the backdrop of the ocean’s rolling waves. The track’s spare guitars and despondent vocals build beautifully until it feels like the listener is being enveloped by those same waves. Later, on “976-Evil,” Moreno addresses a friend or lover he can’t let go of. It’s easy to assume that the song’s vague mentions of death and separation are allusions to Cheng’s accident and coma, but the track’s exquisite agony is presented in such a way that its meanings are wide open to interpretation. Unlike other singers who deal in non-specifics, Moreno makes his sentiments palpable and urgent – we don’t always know what he’s talking about, but we never doubt the depth of feeling in his lyrics.

'Diamond Eyes' - Bottom Line

Diamond Eyes is an endlessly captivating record, one that rewards repeat spins with extra layers of sonic texture and meaning. But perhaps the person who can best sing its praises is the band’s frontman. A few months before its release, Moreno said this: “There are a few heavy songs … and there are also experimental tunes, but there’s not a minute on this record that feels like it doesn’t need to be there.” Then he added one other thing: “I’ll straight-up say it: it’s definitely one of our best albums.” Often, such pre-release talk is just empty hyperbole. But in the case of Diamond Eyes, he’s absolutely right.



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Fosster3567
May 5th 2010



76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Comments/suggestions are welcome! :D

Hardhat
May 5th 2010



53 Comments


The review is a bit spotty in places and could use eleboration.

Summary was spot on.

Pos'd.

fr33convict
May 5th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shouldn't "A Way to Channel Difficult Emotions" be in bold?

Inveigh
May 5th 2010



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, I gotta say, after reading that summary I was expecting this review to suck. It was pretty damn good, I like the structure -- mainly because it's something a little bit different than I'm used to seeing.

Well-written and constructed review, pos'd. But seriously dude, what's up with that summary??

fr33convict
May 5th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ingveigh lies? More like keylime pies!

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2010



15268 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

love this album much more than i did at first

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

SteelErectedb4you8er
May 5th 2010



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As a huge fan of Deftones since the release of Adrenaline, I must say that the Deftones really brought a great mixture of sounds on this release. I bought it yesterday and have been listening to it non stop. I love the Meshuggah like guitars on "Diamond Eyes," "You've Seen the Butcher," and "Risk." The very The Cure likeness of "Beauty School." The Helmet sounds of "Cmnd/Ctrl." I mean, there a lot of different things going on in this record than previous, but also combing both old school and new school Deftones. And utilizing Frank even more is awesome. At first, I was curious why they kept the verse for "Prince," which sounds like "RX Queen." Maybe it was intended, but that song has it's own flavor throughout the rest of it. Love it.

SteelErectedb4you8er
May 5th 2010



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh, I meant to say too that I dig your review style. Good job!

IAmInsect
May 5th 2010



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can someone link me to an actual stream? the only one i've found through sputnik is that one that has 30 second previews of all the songs.

bloozclooz
May 5th 2010



1770 Comments


streams? just DL it

IAmInsect
May 5th 2010



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't download, thanks though.

eternium
May 5th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just buy it. I did today.

Relinquished
May 5th 2010



24374 Comments


forgot this was released

oh well I'm not gonna buy it

IAmInsect
May 5th 2010



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm broke.

Dryden
May 5th 2010



12928 Comments


dont buy cds just download

eternium
May 5th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mow your neighbor's lawn for fifteen dollars. It's worth it.

Relinquished
May 5th 2010



24374 Comments


For this? Nah...

eternium
May 5th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't how you can like post-metal so much and not like Deftones. If you like post-metal, you pretty have to like Deftones and Tool.

eternium
May 5th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

*see how

Relinquished
May 5th 2010



24374 Comments


lol that doesn't have to do with anything

I like Deftones but not so much this album.



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