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Deftones
Diamond Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (135 Reviews)
September 16th, 2014 | 176 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Chapter VI: Realignment with a Price to Pay

With the release of one of their most acclaimed records, it marked the return of their unity as a band and as friends. However, despite this glimmer of hope that the band displayed here, this newfound unity came with a hefty price to pay and that proved to be the crippling car accident that Chi suffered. No one could have predicted how this unfortunate turn of events would make the band sit down and put everything into perspective. This marked the beginning of their more mature recording style that involved everyone finally being in the same room with each other and just playing to see what they would come up with. Sure enough, within a month or two, Diamond Eyes was ready to be revealed to the world with the help of their replacement bassist Sergio Vega. Unlike their previous effort, Saturday Night Wrist, Deftones’ sixth studio album boasted a more focused approach driven by repetition and a skillful combination of post metal and traditional alternative metal. Though the album’s repetition certainly isn’t for everyone, their musicianship really shines through with this album, further solidifying their stance as the titans of their genre.

While the album places more of an emphasis on repetition, even more of a focus proves to be placed on Chino’s ever so cryptic lyrics and Abe’s masterful drumming. Aided by an engrossing atmosphere filled with repeating riffs and their newfound shoegaze/post metal vibe, Chino exclaims how the stars realigned with his emotionally stirring vocals in the title track and the glorious balance between musicianship and atmosphere is in top form. Despite “CMND/CTRL” being the lone dud throughout with Chino's notably irritating delivery and the complete lack of anything musically interesting , the album only manages to get better as the listener delves deeper. “Royal” proves to be even heavier than the title track with Chino’s gut wrenching vocals, Abe’s tight drumming and Stephen’s engaging guitar work. In fact, most of the record gives the listener what the band arguably does best and that is delivering a hard hitting atmosphere bursting at the seams with substance and character. “Prince,” one of the album’s definite highlights, exists as one of the band’s best songs yet with Chino’s amazing lyrics, chilling screams, and Abe’s fantastic drum rolls. Sergio also manages to shine through here with a simple yet engaging bass riff that aids the song’s brooding atmosphere. “Rocket Skates” also possesses the same qualities with guitar work that will stay in the listener’s heads for days.

In addition to the album’s exemplary heaviness, Diamond Eyes also excels at slowing things down a bit to take everything all in with some of the band’s best slower songs to date. No one should be fooled by how “Sextape” is wrongfully titled. Despite its ironic title, this track exists as the band’s most soothing work with stirring bass and guitar work providing a tranquil terrain for Chino’s passionate vocals. Whether the song be about sex or just the idea of being with the person you love in general, the song is nonetheless beautiful and certainly manages to move the listener. “976-Evil” also provides more of that beautiful atmosphere showcased in “Sextape” with a bit of a heavier approach. The band’s passionate performance here is simple yet extremely effective and “This Place is Death” proves to be no exception. From these song’s engaging vocals to their exceptional delivery of fantastic musicianship, they prove to be awesome ways to end one of their most critically acclaimed albums.

While the record certainly isn’t flawless with Sergio’s occasionally inaudible bass and the blemish known as “CMND/CTRL,”Diamond Eyes features some of the band’s most accomplished work to date and unlike their even more masterful predecessor, the album happens to be more focused and unified. The loss of Chi was what it took to make the band see how they were beginning to lose themselves in the process of recording their music. Eros was appropriately set aside for an indefinite period of time to craft something more uplifting than usual and the result is spectacular. Deftones’ adapted a new recording style of simply just jamming out to see what happens and at the same time, enjoying what they were born to do. The refreshing part of about this is that even though their newfound unity and happiness came with a price, their brilliance still carries over into their next album which even further solidifies their name.



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FadedSun
September 16th 2014


2885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

CMND/CTRL is one of my favorites on the record. Why do you call it a blemish?

Mongi123
September 16th 2014


21228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's just really uninteresting to me as opposed to everything else. I suppose I could expand a bit

tempest--
September 16th 2014


20634 Comments


One thing I really dislike about this record is the "hey check out how heavy my guitar sounds" attitude that seems to dominate every track, but still an album that I dig a lot.

Toondude10
September 16th 2014


14758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Now THIS is the best Deftones



blow me

PostMesmeric
September 16th 2014


779 Comments


I believe "You've Seen the Butcher" is one of the most complete songs in the Deftones library. A lot of the time, you can tell whether a song is a "Chino song" or "Stephen song." Chino songs are usually more dreamy and subdued, while Stephen songs are heavier and more abrasive.

I can't tell whether "You've Seen the Butcher" is a Chino or Stephen song. It's indistinguishable, but that synergy is why I love it. Overall, this is one of their best albums.

Artuma
September 16th 2014


32464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow this still has a 4.2 avg?



anyway good rev mongi

Toondude10
September 16th 2014


14758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That t/t is so perfect.

Insurrection
September 16th 2014


24799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like cmnd/cntrl :/ its intense as fuh. sweet review though mongi, mentalpos





also is it me or did the album ratings get a lot bigger

Snake.
September 16th 2014


23784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'll blow you toondude if it means you're still wrong

Mongi123
September 16th 2014


21228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys! It grew from 4.1 like quite a while ago.

ExplosiveOranges
September 16th 2014


4408 Comments


Great rev as always, Mongi. And yes, Ins, album ratings are now big and bold for some reason.

tempest--
September 16th 2014


20634 Comments


they've always been like that, it's the actual comment text size that got smaller

Snake.
September 16th 2014


23784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the font changed to all verdana

Mongi123
September 16th 2014


21228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh you're talking about the actual size. Yea why did the font change?

tempest--
September 16th 2014


20634 Comments


so we can be more like facebook yay

Ryus
September 16th 2014


26776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wtf is with that

Digging: Bladee - Royal Mix

MyNameIsPencil
September 16th 2014


6269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Risk is one of Deftones most depressing songs now, but still one of the album high-lights if you ask me

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Snake.
September 16th 2014


23784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how can you consider anything by this band depressing

MyNameIsPencil
September 16th 2014


6269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Mostly cause it's essentially Chino saying how he'd do anything for Chi to get better, and Chi ended up dying. idk because of that it just sounds like optimism and hope that was all for nothing you know?

Mongi123
September 16th 2014


21228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"how can you consider anything by this band depressing"



Lol the tones aren't exactly the best place to go for uplifting music.



"Mostly cause it's essentially Chino saying how he'd do anything for Chi to get better, and Chi ended up dying."



Yea in context it's not uplifting anymore, but in general it's a pretty hopeful song.



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