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Editors’ Notes

Before bass player Chi Cheng’s 2008 car accident left him comatose, Deftones were working on an album titled Eros. But the band didn’t feel right forging ahead without Cheng, so they shelved Eros and waited patiently before finally deciding to work on a different project with Sergio Vega, former bassist of the post-hardcore band Quicksand. Diamond Eyes was recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Stone Sour) who helped give Deftones’ sixth album a much more atmospheric sound than 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist. “Royal” leans on dark Sabbathy sludge and a pummeling rhythm section, but singer Chino Moreno contrasts his blistering screams with breathy crooning. Moreno’s lyrical matter detours from negative themes and cathartic complaints on Diamond Eyes — he even stated in an interview that Cheng’s accident brought the band closer together, giving the album a “positive zest for life.” Standout track “Rocket Skates” best exemplifies this with imagery similar to “Knife Party” from 2000’s White Pony.

Customer Reviews

Pure gold!

This is Deftones at their finest! For the long-time fans or newcomers alike, this is a MUST BUY! support ur fave bands :)

Don't Listen to binks_28

Either this person is joking with such a bashing overboard review or they are not a Deftones fan. And no, I am not saying this because "oh my goodness, I love this album and another fan doesn't so they can't be a true fan" but because of how anti Diamond Eyes they are like they have a clue what they're talking about. Acting like they're no longer a fan because of it. Sell outs? Give me a break. The only thing that's a stretch on this album because of how poppy it sounds for Deftones is just the CHORUS of ONE song, that being the title track Diamond Eyes. Other than that, everything fits Deftones very well. Of course there's going to be changes from previous albums, there always is. If there wasn't, Deftones would never be the great band that they are today. That doesn't mean it's compromising their art or selling out or any other baloney some people will make up. So binks_28, either you're joking or you're not a Deftones fan. There's no way a Deftones fan could be SO AGAINST this album. If you've heard White Pony or Saturday Night Wrist, this album shouldn't come as too big of a surprise. Sorry for the rant, just had to put some nonsense to rest.

This is definitely one of their best albums. Full of passion and heart I've never heard from them before and everything anyone could expect from this band.

From someone that was there at the beginning.

I was there when adrenaline came out, and this album continues Deftones' tradition of blending the brutal with the beautiful, with excellent results. Fans with immediately hear that instantly identifiable Deftones sound, but will also notice the tradition of new sonic spaces, and song arrangements that have allowed the band to continue to enjoy a strong career, long after many of their contemporaries have disappeared. In short, this albums sits all the newer, younger metal and screamo bands down, and says "THIS is how you do it."

This is an amazing album, one that I will gladly purchase both at iTunes AND on cd.


Formed: 1988 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushed singing — spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The group first formed in Sacramento, California during 1988, when then high-school students Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Chino Moreno (vocals) first began to jam together. They chose the name Deftones and began playing...
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Diamond Eyes (Deluxe Version), Deftones
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative
  • Released: Apr 23, 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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