Review Summary: The best Deftones album yet.
Today we tackle one of the most hyped up albums of 2020. Does it stand up to the extremely high praises the neckbeards have given it? Find out next on, Jeffery Bigglestein reviews!
A specific genre of music that satisfies the following qualities:
• Unconventional song structure
• Well liked on Sputnikmusic, considered a "classic"
• Average at best lead singer
• A track where the lead vocalist screams “JEEEZUSSSSS CHRIIIIIST”
• Long and drawn out filler
• Specific points that makes you think "why the fuck does anyone like this garbage"
• Made for white people
This deaftones album is fucking mid. Sorry sowing but I gave kid a a fucking 5 and you never texted me back so im not pulling my punches this time. Its sad because there are some elements I really like about it, elements that could make the album a 4 or even a 5 if expanded more. “Genesis” is a fantastic lead for this record, a contrast of ambience and chaos. The synths and guitars are both really well done on this track. Simple, yet clever tricks like how “Pompeji” transitions into “This Link Is Dead” make this album really stand out. “Radiant City” is super catchy and features a fantastic hybrid of guitars and synths. Yes fantano the synths are good on this album kiss my ass. Also theres nothing wrong with the centrist/balance theme either and im an anarchist, fantanos always been a clown when it comes to politics but Im getting off topic. The switch between subtle atmosphere and unpredictable intensity is utilized well several times on Ohms. This album has a few high points and standout moments that make me at least understand why people hyped this up so much. Sadly though that’s really where my compliments end.
I mention how the last 30 seconds of “Pompeji” build to an excellent transition to “This Link is Dead” and this is true. What I omitted, though, was that the first 5 minutes of “Pompeji” is flaming dogshit. If I had a dime for every album this month ive listened to where an off-pitch, mediocre vocalist screams “JEEEEEZZZZUUUSSSS CHRIIIISTTTTTT” id have 2 dimes, which is not a lot of money but its just weird its happened twice. This record did it better than Neutral Milk Hotel because unlike Jeff Magnum, Chino’s vocals don’t give me a migrane, but still please get this out of my music. Insert Chino budhist joke here. Chino’s vocals are meh, not trash but don’t do the instrumentals any favors and at times just come off as angsty and whiny. The production at times is jumbled and confusing. The drums suck ass this is confirmed. Overall this album has a fair amount of high points but is weighed down by awkward and unimpressive composition. Deaftones are okay a bit overhyped and it seems like most people just give them a pass on their mistakes. If I wanted to listen to a neutered bring me the horizon I wouldn’t because that idea in general just seems lame as fuck. Deftones confirmed mid 2.5/5.