Experimentation Pays Off
I can't decide if this is my favorite Deftones album or White Pony. This album is far more toned back than any of the others, but also features the most technical time signature wizardry and whatnot. This album was apparently the one most oddly put together. At this time, Deftones kinda hated what they did, but begrudgingly produced a fifth album.
Hole In The Earth - 9/10 This song is definitely Chino putting out his honest feelings about his life and the band. Great melody. The guitar lines are solid.
Rapture - 9/10 This track is sooo underrated. I would wager it's the heaviest/angriest track on the record, a kind of savagery that reminds me of When Girls Telephone Boys from their last album.
Beware - 8/10 This song really takes its time. It may seem a little slow, but I enjoy it. It's also the first track to feature an 8 string guitar as it appears on the outro. It doesn't show up anywhere else on the album.
Cherry Waves - 7/10 Also a slower track, but makes a great soundscape in the verses. The chorus is very impressive in regards to Chino's vocals.
Mein - 8/10 Faster-paced, but not quite heavy. The chord progressions are unusual, but it flows nicely. Serj Tankian from System of A Down is featured in the bridge and ending.
UUDDLRLRABSelectStart - 7/10 Best instrumental interlude from Deftones! It's very mellow and features more clean guitar than distorted.
Xerxes - 6/10 I used to get turned off by this song because of the intro, but the chorus is definitely worth the listen.
Rats! Rats! Rats! - 10/10 Best track on the record. Very technical, and the bridge is the heaviest part. It reminds of djent a little bit, but not quite there. (Not really a djent fan, if you were wondering)
Pink Cellphone - 4/10 This track is bizarre. It's like trip hop with some intoxicated college-age woman rambling on about someone's delusions. Not my favorite.
Combat - 8/10 Really heavy song! The melody flows nicely too.
Kimdracula - 8/10 Also good track. I love the main guitar lick especially.
Riviere - 3/10 This song is very toned back. It doesn't pick up until halfway through when we get past the twangy, detuned guitar in the beginning. I don't care for it.