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Saturday Night Wrist

Deftones

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The Deftones' atmospheric metal has always reveled in a pitch-dark realm, one boiling over with murder ballads, the sadomasochism of a Saw sequel, and strange characters that wield knives for fun and change into flies as if they were knee deep in a Kafka novel. And so the story goes on the band's fifth album in more than a decade, a melodic but massive affair obsessed with redemption, religion and figurative battles that gaze inward and out. (Or are they literal? Chino Moreno's lyrics are still as obtuse as they are ominous.) All in all it's paranoid music for paranoid times, propelled by a poisonous backdrop that's less concerned with maintaining a heavy metal profile than one that's simply heavy. As in guitars that tremble and triumph, drums that sputter and spark, and subtle samples that color every blank slate in sepia tones. There are even a few vintage Deftones moments of Moreno shrieking and spitting like he's still on the second stage of Ozzfest ("Rapture," "Rats! Rats! Rats!"). Apparently, Sacramento's finest metallurgists haven't grayed as much as their hairs would suggest.

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Ethereal and majestic

Chino and the boys return (finally) with a more challenging album than their previous release. This album recalls the texturing of white pony...and i couldn't be happier about it. Carpenter's bombastic vs subtle riffage blends seamlessly with Chino's soaring melodies and wails. Frank is also more in the forefront this time around adding layers of noise, background effects, and even keys if my ears don't deceive me. The secret weapon of course is the drummer abe who sets the pace as good as ever. This guy is an underrated player. Together with bassist, Chi, they anchor the album from front to back. The album could stand to be a bit more cohensive like say white pony. However, it doesn't matter. There are plenty of good tunes that i'll be listening to while skiing alta or mammoth this season. Hopefully we won't have to wait three years for the next one.

Deftones have done it again>

This record makes me feel the way White pony did. Go buy it, find the hottest girl you can find, put it on repeat and head for the Bedroom..

Best Rock Album of the Year (so far)

The latest album from Deftones caught me by surprise. I had loved Around the Fur and White Pony but was a little disappointed in their self-titled follow up to those two albums. Saturday Night Wrist sounds as if they are just taking off from White Pony and expanding their sound to new heights. This album is definitely a showcase of their sound- a mix of hard crunching guitars, mellow melodic lines moving towards more intense vocals, and a sense of cohesiveness throughout the album. The major disappointment I have is due to iTunes, in that if you want the bonus track and the art booklet, you need to by the clean version. I'm not sure if anything other than "Pink Cellphone" was cleaned up on the Clean version. The harder songs on the album are "Rapture", "Rats! Rats! Rats!" and to an extent "Combat." What I have come to love Deftones for is how versatile they are in just any song, shifting dynamics and tempo throughout the song. Prime examples of these are "Beware", "Kimdracula", "Xerces" and "Cherry Waves." My favorite tracks on here would be "Hole in the Earth", "Beware", "Cherry Waves", "Mein (which features Serj from System of a Down)", "Xerces", "Combat" and "Kimdracula", with the standouts I would say "Kimdracula", "Xerces" and "Beware." "U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,A,B,Select,Start" is an awesome instrumental track that reminds me a little bit of earlier music from Godspeed! You Black Emperor. I could go without "Pink Cellphone." It doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the tracks, and while it is a bit interesting at first, the curse-laden rant at the end is pretty dumb, and will just leave you with a "wtf" look on your face. All in all, this is a wonderful album, and in my opinion the best rock album so far this year. In a genre that continues to be weak and plastic, Saturday Night Wrist is a welcome piece of work, bringing a spark to the Rock world that has been missing most of the year.

Biography

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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