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Deftones – “Sextape”

Despite a gradual decline over the past ten years, Deftones began the decade with a bang.  Diamond Eyes is a gorgeous, flourishing heavy rock album – featuring a phenomenal blend of screaming and atmospheric nu-metal.  There are plenty of heavier songs that would also be deserving in this spot, but there’s simply no denying the lush, erotic undertones that course throughout “Sextape.”  The song flows gradually, tensing and building until it reaches its cathartic release. The lyrics, while simple, manage to be poetic and transparent at the same time: “Watch you wave your powers, tempt with hours of pleasure / Take me one more time, take me one more wave, take me for one last ride…I’m out of my head tonight / The sound of the waves collide…”

It could be Deftones’ greatest ballad, and that’s thanks in part to Chino’s unreal vocal performance.  He sounds like he’s gliding in and out of existence, coming in strong on the verses and then fading into those gorgeous refrains.  In fact it’s hard to think of another Deftones song that does so little instrumentally yet is so striking, mesmerizing, and addictive.  Sometimes a song just has an incredible core/melodic backbone, and doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles.  This song embodies that essential quality.

I’d argue with anyone that Diamond Eyes is at least as good as White Pony, and songs like “Sextape” only help me prove my point.  It’s sprawling and dream-like, yet very tangible and impactful.  For a nu-metal/heavy rock band to compose a track as ethereal and tantalizing as this takes an extra gear, and Deftones have proven themselves for years to be a band capable of sounding brilliant regardless of the particular dynamic they want to chase.  Here, they’re chasing perfection.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
04.29.19
It was between this, "Diamond Eyes", or "Leathers" for me. This song is the one that always keeps me coming back to Deftones though. Downright blissful track.

MusicinaBox
04.29.19
Yeah this is a tough one to pick but I concur. Sextape is amazing.

Ashtiel
04.29.19
remains one of my favorite deftones songs from the moment i heard it. music video is an absolute beauty too

SowingSeason
04.29.19
Thanks, yeah I forgot about the music video. That rules too.

Chambered79
04.29.19
Favorite song on the album!

SowingSeason
04.29.19
Mine too. I know KNY doesn't get as much love around here but Leathers is a hell of a track and I was tempted to go with that. I'm not personally a fan of Gore but if I were to go with a track from that album, it'd have to be Acid Hologram.

Slex
04.29.19
Heavenly but I prefer Entombed

Odal
04.29.19
This is my favorite Deftones song probably for exactly the reason you describe. It's just beautiful. And the accompanying music video is a perfect match. Great writeup

SowingSeason
04.30.19
Ah yeah Entombed is another good choice. Great bands yield lots of options!

And thank you Odal, I appreciate that :-)

luci
04.30.19
love this song, also my decade pick for deftones

JWT155
04.30.19
My favorite song off this record, excellent pic sowing. Chino's side project crosses has a lot of similar vibes tot his if you haven't checked it out.

JWT155
04.30.19
Options chorus from Crosses is the song that I find very similar to this.

SowingSeason
04.30.19
I might have heard Crosses at one time but I forget anything about it. I'm sure it's great and I should probably get back on it when I have time.

Cheers Luci & JWT!

luci
04.30.19
this sounds like it could have inspired copeland's blushing

SowingSeason
04.30.19
Hmm... never really thought of that. I guess they're both slow, atmospheric, romantic, etc...

TheSupernatural
04.30.19
Easily one of my favorite Deftones song, it's chilling.

Rowan5215
04.30.19
great song on a mediocre album. 976-EVIL is also a tune

SowingSeason
04.30.19
damn, that subtle jab

Gyromania
04.30.19
great song but probably not even top 3 on the album for me

ProjectFreak
04.30.19
I know this band means a lot of things to a lot of people but this song just did nothing for me. I liked Leathers and Gauze off KNY but I just can't get into the band as a whole

BigHans
04.30.19
Rosemary is the greatest Deftones song, not an easy achievement either.

Dylan620
04.30.19
"976-EVIL" is my favorite on the album and my Deftones SOTDecade, but this song is amazing too

SowingSeason
04.30.19
I don't remember ever losing my shit over 976-EVIL, but based on the hype in this thread I'm gonna have to go back and revisit.

Tb1114
04.30.19
I like this

Gyromania
04.30.19
yeah 976 tops this. same with royal, diamond eyes, risk, and beauty school.

SowingSeason
04.30.19
All amazing songs! I've always had a soft spot for this.

Chambered79
04.30.19
976 is the only one on par with sextape

Lucman
04.30.19
Yep, this is one of my fav 'Tones songs as well. Whole album will make the decade list too.

SowingSeason
05.01.19
Same for me, Luc. :-)

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