Deftones
White Pony


5.0
classic

Review

by Tunaboy45 USER (13 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2013 | 144 replies | 2,586 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deftones stray from their roots and upon doing so create a masterpiece.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Deftones started off as just another nu metal band. With releases like "Adrenaline" and "Around The Fur" under their belts, they already had a strong following in the community. Then in 2000, white pony was released and music would never be the same again.

It kicks off with the hectic "Feiticeira" a dramatic and nightmarish song which really sets the mood for the rest of the album. The bass is thick and heavy, complimenting the screeching guitars. But the band's heavy side is mostly left off this album in favor of more complex and layered tracks. The only other song that is reminiscent of their earlier days is "Street Carp" which serves as a break between act one and act two of the album. It's short and frantic with a repeating guitar which makes for an excellent ending to the song, with Chino's vocals fading out and eventually, the guitar.

But it's the more complex songs that really shine on this album, one of my personal favorites being "Passenger" featuring the fantastic Maynard James Keenan of Tool. Chino and Maynard have drastically different vocal styles but it all comes together on the song, making for one of the most enjoyable experiences on the album. "Elite" is another highlight, with Chino screaming "When you're ripe, you'll bleed out of control". The lyrics really strike a chord, and the drums and guitar add an industrial feel to the song. This is emphasized further when Chino's robotic vocals come into play about half way through.

But out of every track on the album, the standout, and to this day the band's most well known track is "Change (In The House Of Flies)". The song starts with a guitar riff and creepy background noises thanks to Frank Delgado. And then the vocals come in with Chino softly singing "I watched you changed, into a fly" and then before you can say 'Masterpiece', the rest of the band kicks in for a fantastic and beautiful chorus. The song fades out and just when you thought it was over "Pink Maggit" begins. It starts out bleak and interesting, and then it explodes for one final assault from the band.

So overall, this album will be remembered as Deftones' magnum opus, and one of the greatest albums of all time. At first listen it may seem overwhelming, but upon further listens, it all comes together. The lyrics are at times cryptic and the bass is mesmerizing, thanks to the late and great Chi Cheng. This is an essential album and the best starting point for the uninitiated.



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tempest--
November 2nd 2013



12601 Comments


"Chino and Maynard have drastically different vocal styles"

I don't think this is true at all, I think they're actually quite similar in delivery. Not heaps, but enough for me to have made that comparison before even hearing this album, or knowing Maynard was on it.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review isn't bad but:

"Deftones STARED off as just another nu metal band."

Edit that man haha and it's a little hyperbolic but no bad.




NightProwler
November 2nd 2013



6324 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pretty solid review. I'd like to hear more about the unique atmosphere within the record as a whole, as I think it is what makes the record what it is (besides the incredible songs, ofc). Also, Knife Prty or Digital Bath should be mentioned. But I'll still pos, good job!

Furthermore, I wouldn't call Deftones just another Nu-Metal band. To me, they helped create it

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Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013



1788 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can't believe I did that. I proof read it a dozen times. How do you edit reviews again?

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TheBarber
November 2nd 2013



1680 Comments


got to your profile and on the left side there should be an "edit your reviews" option

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It really helps to write them on microsoft word man I recommend that

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013



1788 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Done. I'll do it on word next time.

BigPleb
November 2nd 2013



34053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WHEN YOU'RE RIIIIIPE

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Rowan5215
November 2nd 2013



24415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YOU'LLBLEEDOUTTACONTROL
YOU'LLBLEEDOUTTACONTROL

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ROLL THE WINDOWS DOWN THE COOL NIGHT AIR IS CURIOUS

NightProwler
November 2nd 2013



6324 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

YOU LIKE ATTENTION, IT MAKES YOU FEEL YOU'RE ALIIIIIVE

BigPleb
November 2nd 2013



34053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best faux metal song ever.

NightProwler
November 2nd 2013



6324 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Damn, I was too late. Mongi got a comment in before me...


Edit: Holy shit, it's not going well for me!

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

LET THE WHOLE WORLD LOOK IN, WHO CARES WHO SEES ANYTHING. I'M YOUR PASSENGER!

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013



1788 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You all beat me to it haha

BigPleb
November 2nd 2013



34053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Passenger is so timeless.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And man I totally disagree on having completely different voices. Not identical but they have amazing interplay

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013



1788 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Most of the songs are timeless

BigPleb
November 2nd 2013



34053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Back to School sucks though.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes. Yes it does.



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