Deftones
Diamond Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hari676 USER (3 Reviews)
June 21st, 2013 | 28 replies | 1,322 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time will see us realign.....

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones are a quintuplet from Sacramento, California. They were initially part of the Nu Metal scene and were associated with acts like Korn. But starting with White Pony, their breakthrough album, they started expanding their sound, incorporating elements from a variety of contrasting genres like electronica(the soaring synths in "Change In The House Of Flies")and metal(the guitar chugs in the outro of "Beware"). Yes, Deftones far outclassed their Nu Metal contemporaries they were associated with in the beginning. Their sixth album, Diamond Eyes, came after the hospitalization of their bassist Chi Cheng. Scrapping the previously recorded "Eros" with Chi, they started all over again, with a new bassist Sergio Vega, and the end result is an impressive addition to an already impressive discography.

The album kicks off with the title track's verse, which has Chino Moreno's shoegazing vocals over Stephen Carpenter's brutal guitar chugs, before exploding into a beautiful chorus, layered with Frank Delgado's synths. The lyrics are typical Deftones, dreamy and filled with metaphors (mostly sexual). "You've Seen The Butcher" sees Chino talking about being attracted to a woman and his vocals send shivers down the spine when he hits those high notes "I wanna watch the way...” This album is undoubtedly Chino's best vocal performance. In fact all the members of the band up their ante in this record. Sergio Vega lays down a chilling bassline in the intro of "Prince" before Stephen's Meshuggah inspired riffs and Abe Cunningham's strong drumming turns this song into a mosh pit affair.

The soft and heavy dynamics, for which the Deftones are well known, is executed with a little more emphasis on heaviness. But that makes the softer songs like "Beauty School" and "Sextape" stand out better. "Beauty School" has a soothing guitar whine while "Sextape" has a resounding melodic sound with the acoustic guitar. The band goes all out with "Rocket Skates". It has a killer opening riff and trashy drumming which blends naturally with Chino's off key vocals. "976 Evil" sees Chino hitting falsetto notes in the chorus with ease and grace and Frank Delgado's bubbling synths in "Risk" stays in your head a long time after the song is over.

Unlike their previous album, Saturday Night Wrist, which at times lacked proper direction, Diamond Eyes has songs that are razor sharp and to the point. To quote a cliché its "All killer and no filler" in this album. This record is a welcome return to form for a band that delivered slightly disappointing albums after White Pony. So how does this album fare against White Pony?? That's a really hard question to answer, but suffice to say, this is an album that should NOT be missed.
Tracks to check out
Diamond Eyes
CMND/CTRL
You've Seen The Butcher
Rocket Skates


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Epictemptation
June 21st 2013



88 Comments


nice review, I have got to check this out


Hari676
June 21st 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude!

FourthReich
June 21st 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet another diamond eyes review pos'd

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TheSupernatural
June 21st 2013



1036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're Seen the Butcher is one of the more boring songs on the album in my opinion. The title track isn't terribly interesting either. But as a whole, great album for sure.

Although did this album really need another review?

DrMaximus
June 21st 2013



8902 Comments


Maybe he just wanted to review an album he likes.

MeatSalad
June 21st 2013



14190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Heyeheyebeyebehey

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BillTheButcher
June 21st 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

blasted this beast of an album this morning on the way to work. good review!

sixdegrees
June 21st 2013



16777 Comments


eww

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DrMaximus
June 21st 2013



8902 Comments


m/

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2013



9069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should expand a little more in your next reviews. Go a little more in depth on the pros and cons. Beauty School is an amazing song.

SCREAMorphine
June 21st 2013



1751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album.

oltnabrick
June 21st 2013



30112 Comments


sputnik has gone downhill so drastically over the past 12 ish months, it's insane

literally zero interesting conversation about this album go on here. Downer's post is great but I'm sure we won't be discussing its intellectual points any time soon.


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Hari676
June 21st 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ thesupernatural: well everybody is entitled to have their opinion...personally i don't think the band would have released "you've seen the butcher" as a single if they didn't think it would be a hit

Hari676
June 21st 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@all: thanks for your comments people

Kman418
June 21st 2013



9824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is a cool band

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Shuyin
June 21st 2013



11164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea

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DrMaximus
June 21st 2013



8902 Comments


Band rules.

Hari676
June 21st 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

out of curiosity im asking this dr maximus, you say that the band rules and yet youve given only a rating of 2.5 for the album????

sixdegrees
June 21st 2013



16777 Comments


its a joke rating, this is one of his favorite bands

Hari676
June 21st 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@oltnabrick: well you cant really have an interesting conversation about an album that was released three years ago...i guess everything that needs to be discussed has already been done....which makes me think now whether i should have posted a review of their latest album koi no yokan!



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