Deftones
Diamond Eyes


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
May 17th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Although unfairly lumped within the nu metal movement, Deftones have always been somewhat of an anomaly amongst their peers. Although their first album, Adrenaline, was standard Korn influenced nu metal fare, full of chunky, syncopated guiar riffs, heavy bass lines and Chino Moreno’s hauntingly eerie style of vocalization, proceeding albums such as 2000’s White Pony (which is often hailed as the bands best work) separated the band from the pack, adding touches of new wave and shoegaze to the band’s developng alternative metal sound. In 2007, during the recording sessions of the band’s sixth album titled Eros original member and bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in him falling into a coma, an event that unsurprisingly put the completion of Eros to a resounding halt. Despite this major setback, the band decided to temporaily scrap the Eros project, hire former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega and record what would eventually become 2010’s Diamond Eyes.

With Diamond Eyes the Deftones transcend beyond their alternative metal roots, blossoming into a musical entity that surpasses any type of descripion through conventional terms. Simultaneously containing a crushing heaviness, yet a strange sense of serenity, Diamond Eyes throughout its length, proves to be an extremely dynamic record. Songs like “Royal” and “CMND/CTRL” not only feature the innovative, downtuned guitar work of Stephen Carpenter coupled with the complex polyrhythmic drumming of Abe Cunningham, but also contain key moments of thick ambience bridgng the gap between the heaviness of the Deftones roots and the more experimental path that more recent albums have taken. Performing much like he always has, Chino Moreno wears his heart on his sleeve during much of this album, putting everything he has into his vocal delivery, whether it be pristine clean singing on opener and title track “Diamond Eyes” or the frantic, high pitched screeches that be seen on songs like “Rocket Skates” or “Prince”.

It will never really be known what came to fuel the band during the recording process of Diamond Eyes; whether it a strange inspiration set by the sudden coma of Chi Cheng or a random explosion of creative genius, Deftones have crafted what could very well be the best record of their long career. Chi Cheng may be out of the picture for the moment, but it will warm of the hearts of many to know that the Deftones are honoring him in the only way they know how; rocking their hearts out.


By Brandon Nurick
Originally posted for ReviewRinseRepeat.com



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TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17930 Comments


Short and to the point. Really surprised at how much I like this, considering I was never a HUGE fan of the band in the past. So Yeah.




Edit: What the fuck formatting

ShadowRemains
May 18th 2010


21068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahahhaha black diamond attack!!!

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

KritikalMotion
May 18th 2010


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

¬¬

ShadowRemains
May 18th 2010


21068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what in the fuck shit??

Bitchfork
May 18th 2010


7584 Comments


fuck this i don't care i'm posting rrr stuff on sputnik too.

Satellite
May 18th 2010


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is boring as shit, sorry Sputnik.

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17930 Comments


@Austin: I won't do it with every album, but I do want constructive criticism on the reviews i do there, and more often than not, that doesn't happen

Dryden
May 18th 2010


12943 Comments


dont see this being a 4.5 but its still pretty awesome

shortz
May 18th 2010


201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like you stated, short and to the point, good review.

I'm a new fan to the Deftones sound and after only hearing White Pony, I really enjoy this.

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17930 Comments


Thanks. Also being someone who isn't huge on the band, i can tell you that you' probably really enjoy this

ShadowRemains
May 18th 2010


21068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lurtz, you must join me in battle, and recruit more followers/lords

Knott-
Emeritus
May 18th 2010


10198 Comments


still need to hear this

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17930 Comments


Haha, tomorrow when i'm not half asleep Shadows

@Knott- It's good man, check it outt

Bitchfork
May 18th 2010


7584 Comments


Yeah, Brandon, that's what I was planning on doing (because we both know that we get flamed by users and adored by staff...)

And yeah.. fix this... there's no colon and there's a space needed.

By:Brandon Nurick


Then I'll pos'

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17930 Comments


haha fine i'll fix

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17930 Comments


fixed

DoctorNurse
May 18th 2010


475 Comments


I've never really been able to get into deftones, just dont do anything for me, this album is no exception

Asiatic667
May 18th 2010


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album Is flawless. It's just the perfect length, which seems to be the only trouble I've had with a deftones album in the past (minus SNW).
My favourites have to be CMND/CTRL, Beauty School and Sextape.

Piglet
May 18th 2010


4659 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never really been able to get into deftones, just dont do anything for me, this album is no exception

Same deal. They just cut me off as boring rather then all this "aggresive" and "dark" and "engaging" stuff.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 18th 2010


5804 Comments


awesome read Brandon



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