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White Pony (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Explicit]

I’m not normally one who appreciates remixes. Usually they just feel like bad covers designed to take advantage of club goers and helpless mainstream addicts who want the same three beat variations for the rest of their lives. However, I’ve been proven wrong a lot lately when it comes to music, and I think that’s something that’s important to admit when you’ve been analyzing and critiquing music for well over a decade. Sam Amidon’s self-titled album of mostly early-1900s folk/Americana covers was released last month and completely altered my view on what a “covers album” is capable of, and now Deftones might be on the cusp of changing my mind about remixes. These two similar but separate avenues of re-imagining art have always been throwaways, but the tide is changing.

The myth of Black Stallion has been a topic of discussion for years in diehard Deftones circles, and now we’re finally getting it on December 11th via the White Pony 20th Anniversary Edition. I have to say, the two remixes released so far (‘Knife Prty’ and ‘Passenger’) have done more than merely avoid disappointment – they’ve caused real excitement from a fan of the band who just spent the last 2 months relentlessly jamming Ohms and who should be tired of the band’s sound by now. Purity Ring’s ‘Knife Prty’ remix is something to behold – a gorgeous, dazzling blend of keyboards, synths, and drums that has a smooth glazed finish and a downright haunting air. It feels like the original song’s inverse, which is pretty much the point of Black Stallion versus White Pony. Mike Shinoda’s remix of ‘Passenger’ is somehow even more propulsive and adrenaline-inducing than its White Pony counterpart, driving anticipation for the chorus through the roof before it finally erupts – darkly, resplendently. I’m not saying either of these tracks are better than their corresponding originals (they’re not), but when you consider how entrenched in metal lore every song from White Pony is, anything resembling revitalization and intrigue is a towering achievement. Both of these songs do that, making the White Pony/Black Stallion 20th Anniversary Edition an album well worth adding to your December checklist.





SowingSeason
11.13.20
Haven't seen much discussion about what should be a highly anticipated release here, so hopefully this will bring the album to the attention of a few folks.

Valkoor952
11.13.20
I dig both of the tracks so far quite a lot ngl.

SowingSeason
11.13.20
Yeah they're both excellent as far as remixes go. I'm pretty hyped to hear all of the songs re-imagined together, should be quite the experience for a lifelong fan.

Valkoor952
11.13.20
Yeah, very hyped for the dj shadow and clams casino remixes specifically.

SowingSeason
11.13.20
I know very little about who the common producers are for remixes and what their personal styles are, so my mindset is centered around the songs themselves. Like, how do you remix 'Elite'? Should be interesting.

insomniac15
11.13.20
It's a cool project, but I think it's being released too close to Ohms.

SowingSeason
11.13.20
Yeah I agree, they might have benefited from spacing things out a bit.

insomniac15
11.13.20
It kind of draws the attention from Ohms for than the other way around since it's White Pony related.

SowingSeason
11.13.20
I could see that. Ohms was very well received but nothing matches the nostalgia and overall lore of White Pony. I'm just glad we're getting it. But from a managerial perspective timing could be better.

insomniac15
11.14.20
Since you mentioned Elite, I think it should be remixed into a dark, industrial tinged trip hop jam. That would be interesting. Something like Angel from Massive Attack or Machine Gun from Portishead.

SowingSeason
11.14.20
I could see that. Seems like the song might lend itself that direction.

Relinquished
11.14.20
not with Blanck Mass remixing it

SowingSeason
11.14.20
Never heard their stuff, what direction are you thinking based on their sound/style?

Valkoor952
11.14.20
It's kinda hard to imagine a trip-hop track with Chino screaming "when you are ripe, you'll bleed out of control" over it. I wouldn't bet on it.

insomniac15
11.14.20
They could put the screams very low in the mix or play with them (glitches, lots of reverb or echo on them, stuff like that). Anyway, it would be fun.

SitarHero
11.14.20
Deftones are aight, but I thought this was about the movie "Black Stallion" and am sorely disappointed.

Relinquished
11.14.20
@sowing

I’m expecting a more violent version of elite with the Blanck Mass remix. I could be wrong but that dude made some violent electronic tracks too.

Flashmobba
11.14.20
cmon man, the passenger remix is pretty awful

the knife prty one is at least interesting

Valkoor952
11.14.20
"cmon man, the passenger remix is pretty awful"

It's pretty good agreed

deathschool
11.14.20
Waiting for the full release to listen, but if it is not better than the original I will be fucking pissed, oh my god

TheMrAlexK
11.16.20
knife party remix is better than anything on ohms tbh

Valkoor952
11.16.20
lol c'mon now

Valkoor952
11.16.20
Btw I also dig the cover of the album a lot

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