Album: White Pony
Chino Moreno - Vocals, Guitar
Abe Cunningham - Drums
Chi Cheng - Bass
Frank Delgado - Turntables
Stephen Carpenter - Strings
Released: Maverick Records
The Sacremento band 'Deftones' have consistently pushed the boundries of their genre. Highly respected as a 'credible' nu-metal band it isn't hard to see why. The five started jamming in the early 90's. One of the members was involved in a car accident, sued those responsible and made himself some healthy cash which turned into some good quality equipment for the band. The last two albums leading to White Pony sound nothing like this. 'Adreniline' The first was a hardcore metal album while 'Around The Fur' still had it's hard edge but pushed a unique melodic edge. Now to White Pony. (This is the 2nd release i'm reviewing)
Back to School - A high pitched guitar riff starts this song before Chino yells 'So run'. This is a unique Deftones song. It manages to be Nu-Metal but pull off a mature edge. Good song.
Felticeira - A freaky story of a man being kidnapped by a woman. You can actually imagine the story in your mind as you listen to the music. It has a freaky tinge to it and Chino pulls off the vocals well.
Digital Bath - One of the best songs on the album. Chino puts 110% into this song and it pays off. It's emotional and yet beautiful. A song which really moves you.
Elite - Here is the hardest song on the album. It's one that would fit on any previous Deftones album. It's certanely a good song.
Rx Queen - Here's another great song. It keeps a harder edge musically but Chino's vocals really make it great.
Street Carp - This is one of the most catchy songs on the album. The chorus will stick in your head. It's a song quite alot like Rx Queen hard musically but made great by Chino's vocals.
Teenager - Frank utilises his unique turntablism skills on this song and instead like other nu-metal djs he uses the turntables to create atmosphere instead of scratching. This is a pretty sounding song.
Knife Prty - One of my favourites. Simply a song about a knife but a mysterious and beautiful song. It really has an atmosphere to it this song and a suspense which only the Deftones can create.
Korea - This is one of the heavier songs on the album and still Chino pulls off a great preformance with another cathcy chorus. The lyrics are very open to interpretation here ('Right time cavity to come in downtown pony work your pitch' is a line from the chorus).
Passenger - The thing about White Pony is many of it's songs are stories and Chino can make you imagine if your in them. Passenger is the most powerful story song. Simply about riding in a car but it's a beautiful song and filled with the emotion which makes White Pony a great album.
Change (In the house of flies) - The first single off this album this was the song which made me have to buy this album. It's incredible. The emotion, chorus, music is all fantastic. It's a song where everything comes together to give you an experience.
Pink Maggit - Mysterious sounding, it's a very slow song with no drums and just vocals, guitar and turntables. It's a very mellow way to end the album and it's a suprisingly strong track.
Well if you like your metal hard this album wont be for you but it's a fantastic album. It's filled with emotion and fantastic lyrics. One of the best albums of 2001 for sure. Few bands can make such a powerful album plus the enhanced cd comes with a kick-ass packman style game and lots of other features.
Rating: 5/5 :thumb: