DEFTONES -- SATURDAY NIGHT WRIST

Over the course of nearly 18 years, Deftones have managed to produce a brutally heavy body of work while incorporating uncharacteristically subtle and artful elements into their sound. This longst

 
DEFTONES — SATURDAY NIGHT WRIST



Over the course of nearly 18 years, Deftones have managed to produce a brutally heavy body of work while incorporating uncharacteristically subtle and artful elements into their sound. This longstanding sense of adventure and adherence to experimentation has elevated Deftones well above the Nü Metal genre in which they are often inappropriately included. Vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno has long been a master at weaving his more esoteric influences (The Smiths, The Cure, Weezer) into the pummeling Metal/Trip Hop soundscape created by his cohorts, earning Deftones critical accolades and a broad fan base as a result. Deftones' latest release, Saturday Night Wrist, finds the band channeling even more of their inner melodicism into their metallic presentation. Even as the band continues to satisfy the visceral needs of their Metal audience, they have seamlessly incorporated gentler, poppier elements into their sound, from the psychedelic interludes of "Beware" to the Coldplay-on-steroids sway of "Cherry Waves" and "Tilde," while the album's first single, "Hole in the Earth," manages to successfully walk the wire between Pop subtlety and Metal bombast. Although Saturday Night Wrist's quieter approach might be slightly off-putting to hardcore metallers, true Deftones fans will celebrate the diversity that drew them in the first place. (Brian Baker) Grade: B+

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