Deftones
White Pony


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by Kylander98 USER (5 Reviews)
March 18th, 2013 | 40 replies | 1,722 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most outstanding and outlandish Deftones LP recorded. Here's my perspective.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

It’s number one simply because it is absolutely madatory that it is, in fact, number one. The only reason I have to give that “White Pony” is in any way greater than that of the eclectic “Saturday Night Wrist” is because while “Wrist” could be a personal and particular preference amongst the more die-hard fans, 2000’s “White Pony” is universally magnificent. In other words, if you were to advise a Deftones virgin on what album they should listen to first to know what the band is all about, just say “mother***ing ‘White Pony’ right now”.

Pulling their Adidas kicks out of the muck of the still on-going nu metal movement, Deftones decided to stay true to their influences and their own desires to establish themselves as a group that would transcend the rap metal-white trash wigger bridge in popular culture. If you went out to purchase this musical behemoth when relatively when it initially came out, then I envy for being granted the chance to get your hands on the original version of this album at its utmost authenticity with its exclusion of “Back To School (Mini Maggit)” being the introductory track. But while “Feiticeira” is a greatly foreboding first track, I personally think it’s actually pretty enjoyable to hear the chorus of “Back To School” reoccur in the album’s final track, “Pink Maggit”. It’s almost like the melodies act as an adhesive coil for the beginning and end of this masterpiece.

I also think that Deftones created an album that encapsulated the aura of “Around the Fur“‘s sexual undertones with their adept ability to deal out raw and crisp riffs with plenty of clarity in the production value with tracks like “Digital Bath” and “Knife Prty”. It also could be considered the band’s first successful shot at emulating the space rock sound they caught off from HUM’s “You’d Prefer An Astronaut”. Even just by looking at the tracklist credits, the album is very enticing as well with noted collaborations with STP’s Scott Weiland on “Rx Queen” and prog metal icon Maynard James Keenan on the cathartic and spine-chilling “Passenger”, which is most likely one of the greatest songs that they've lived to record. But let’s face the facts. People back in 1997 who were never Deftones fans prior to buying “Around the Fur” only after being impressed about “My Own Summer” and “Be Quiet and Drive Away” were probably the same people who went to get the re-issue of “White Pony” in 2001 just to hear “Back To School” and “Change (In the House of Flies)”. In fact, it was around this time that Deftones became one of the modern metal soundtrack bands, having their signature song “Change” in the soundtracks for everything from “Queen of the Damned” and the Dragonball Z film “Cooler’s Revenge” all the way to TV shows like “Alias” and even more recently “Dexter”. The cultural impact of “White Pony” is still undeniable.

Lastly, the album concludes on a rather finalizing track that builds a great sense of closure and absolution to the LP. “Pink Maggit” is probably still one of my favorite outro tracks to an album. It is 7 minutes of pure progression and creates a great feeling of farewell to the fulfilled listener. I still have not heard a record that sounds much of anything like Deftones’ “White Pony” besides the next four releases that would come from them since that fateful year at the start of new millennium. Regardless of what I proposed about “Diamond Eyes”, I can only fantasize about the group coming out with a breath-taking sequel to this masterpiece. It would be a rather fulfilling experience for me as well the rest of their fans I’m sure.


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Storm In A Teacup
March 18th 2013



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"white trash rap metal"

Hmm

demigod!
March 18th 2013



44132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best tones

Digging: Failure - Magnified

DrGonzo1937
March 18th 2013



5440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure I like the way this review is written. Need more paragraphs :/

Still, good album. I don't get the love for SNW on this site though. I DON'T UNDERSTAND!

ViperAces
March 18th 2013



12390 Comments


whit phony
knife prty is prty cool

tempest--
March 18th 2013



13058 Comments


Review is a bit iffy, could be better, but I won't neg.

I'm still unsure about this album. It's clearly good, at least a 4, but I feel like it deserves more. I don't know, it's weird. I really love Koi No Yokan, but this album feels so different to that one. So much more atmospheric and emotional.

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

mursu
March 18th 2013



254 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is their best album, easily. SNW is good though. I just had to listen to it so many times before I could truly appreciate it.

thumbcrusher
March 18th 2013



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

3rd to around the fur and diamond eyes

i would say digital bath is their best song though

necroscope86
March 18th 2013



213 Comments


I definitely do not agree with giving this a 4.5. "White Pony" is a superb record but to me it feels too dated.

demigod!
March 18th 2013



44132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

digital bath is untouchable

ViperAces
March 18th 2013



12390 Comments


Dated ? Lol

demigod!
March 18th 2013



44132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i wouldnt say that

ViperAces
March 18th 2013



12390 Comments


so pink floyd isnt but this is

NightProwler
March 18th 2013



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It's all good, guys

Digging: Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown

demigod!
March 18th 2013



44132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love chino's vox on elite

NightProwler
March 18th 2013



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Fuck yeah m/

WHEN YOU'RE RIPED, YOU'LL BLEED OUTTA CONTROL!!!!

ChopSuey
March 18th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best tones[2]

self-titled is a bit underrated imo

DrGonzo1937
March 18th 2013



5440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Passenger is where it's at. Maynards great.

jmnewcomer18
March 18th 2013



3408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good Review man. I found Back to School to be one of the best in the record, sounds alittle like POD in a sense. Digital Bath is easily their best track next to Sextape off of Diamond Eyes

NightProwler
March 18th 2013



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"I found Back to School to be one of the best in the record"

That track isn't supposed to be on this, it's a single made from the closing track, Pink Maggit. On the original release of the record it wasn't on, and to Chino's frustration it was added later on

jmnewcomer18
March 18th 2013



3408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know its from the re release. I honestly it would have made an amazing opener on the original release



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