Saturday Night Wrist



by BlindWriting USER (7 Reviews)
July 4th, 2007 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A perfect album, recklessly diverse. One of the best of the year, it shows the strengths of the individual members and the band as a whole.

Saturday Night Wrist was a long time coming. During the four years following the release of their self-titled album, Deftones nearly left the music scene for good. The band was divided over the role of veteran producer Bob Ezrin. Singer Chino Moreno was addicted to speed, alcohol, and involved with another band. Stephen Carpenter, one of the top guitarists to emerge from the ‘90’s mainstream-metal scene, was taking time off from writing songs to play golf… on the internet. However, it shouldn’t be surprising that one of the year’s best albums resulted from so much chaos. After all, doesn’t most great art evolve out of periods of discord"

The album presents itself perfectly. The cover image and title are strangely erotic and disturbing, reminiscent of Moreno’s electroshock sex fantasy hit-single “Digital Bath”. Once the music actually, starts, however, it’s clear that the band members have finally stitched their varied musical influences together seamlessly. Opener and first single “Hole in the Earth” is a wise combination of alternative rock and dark metal riffing. The chorus soars in every way imaginable, from Chino’s the-sky-is-the-limit vocal performance to Carpenter’s searing lead to drummer Abe Cunningham’s creatively restrained slamming. From here, the album only gets better.

Carpenter’s love of math-metal is no secret here. “Rats! Rats! Rats!” doesn’t slow down once, despite the sheer beauty found in the chorus of this otherwise brutal cut. The bridge is exceptionally pulse-pounding and stakes new territory in the band’s heavy explorations. “Rapture” is ferociously heavy, changing time signatures often. Chino screams his way through this one until the song’s end, when a bizarre synth line turns the piece into new-wave. Again, the band’s influences combine equally. Carpenter destroys, Cunningham grooves, and DJ Frank Delgado, who plays keyboards instead of turntables on this album, adds complex sonic textures to the mix.

Delgado’s presence is more felt than ever and Saturday Night Wrist easily contains his best, most diverse work. Consider the sweeping keyboards that open “Xerces” or the cricket chirping that adds an ominous feel to the brooding epic “Beware”. He, and the rest of the musicians here, are on top form. Bassist Chi Cheng provides constant support for the group’s musical detours and locks in perfectly with the brilliant Cunningham. Every one of Cunningham’s notes, fills, flourishes, ghost rolls, or pulsating grooves fits the music perfectly. It all culminates with “Kimdracula”, a new Deftones classic, where all the band members play off each other perfectly, never out-doing one another and instead focus on crafting one of their strongest works. Chino’s expressive singing really carries this driving, ceaseless tune to its sudden end.

With all these different gears at work, the album should have been a mess. Instead, it works without a hitch, and never fails to surprise in its sheer beauty (“Cherry Waves”), dramatic sensibility (“Riviere”, a haunting trip down a foggy road), or flat-out vulgarity (the hilarious “Pink Cellphone”, featuring the deceptive Annie Hardy on guest vocals). But what the record is really all about is atmosphere. The atmosphere is flawlessly consistent throughout, even when the band is at their loudest or softest: dark, theatrical, melancholy, and, yes, undeniably sexy for a bunch of fat dudes from Sacramento. This is not to be missed.

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July 4th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Brilliant review, extremely professional. I agree wholehearedly there really isnt one track i skip over when i listen to this 1000 times a week. They really dont do much wrong do they!! To quote Kerrang! from a few years ago 'The best band in a genre of one'.

July 4th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Good review! When I first listened to this album, I thought it was made in a hurry. But all the little nuances come out with each listen, whether its a dj noise or a sweet guitar part in the background.

July 13th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Nice call on Kimdracula :thumb: it's a very underrated song.

July 13th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Kimdracula is the best song on the record, also a great live tune.This Message Edited On 07.13.07

July 14th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the comments.

And yeah I love Kimdracula, I'd love to hear it live.

July 23rd 2007


I'm a huge Deftones fan, I have been since Around the Fur, which is coincidentally my favorite Deftones album. How does this album rate compared to the others. I have all of them except for this one and the B-Sides, which I've heard most of already...

Great review by the way, you've definetly sold me, I'm just trying to get some other opinions...This Message Edited On 07.23.07

July 24th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

awesome review!!

[quote=jayblue]How does this album rate compared to the others. [/quote]

i've been a big deftones fan ever since Adrenaline and i have to admit, i was a bit hesitant about getting this one (i wasn't a huge fan of their self-titled), but it's a great album!! i was very impressed. they definitely have grown as a band and matured their sound as well as song-writing abilities. check it out

July 25th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

Compared to the others, I'd say this is their best album.

February 8th 2008


I love this album. Only drawbacks were Rapture and Rats!Rats!Rats! took a while to get used to. Oh yes,dare I mention Pink Cellphone. Otherwise, perfection.

February 8th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Rats!Rats!Rats! is a good track.

February 8th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

Rapture is definitely a grower IMO, didn't care for it a long time when I got the album but it kinda grew as I was discovering new layers. Very good song.

And then of course there's Kimdracula... Sooo good. Maybe not a lengthy track but Chino's vocals are so convincing and showing some new sides to his already unique approach. Also Stephen Carpenters low-tuned riffs in post-choruses compliment the song perfectly.

This Message Edited On 02.08.08

July 5th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, awesome review, I'd say Cherry Waves or Xerces are my favourite tracks.

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