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5.0 out of 5 stars Back from hell, April 26, 2010
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This review is from: Diamond Eyes (MP3 Music)
This album is just completely wonderful. The album seems so conceptual, so directly about Chi. Losing their brother and best friend.
Production is faultless. Possibly the best sounding Deftones album yet.

The guitars and drums dominate heavily on this release. Sometimes I was wondering if there was a bass guitar underneath all of it.

The lyrics seem to be very much about Chi's accident, and subsequent coma. I just feel a real sense of anger, and sadness to the music.
Chino has matured vocally on this release, although it doesn't particularly break any new ground musically for the band.

The whopping double punch of "976-EVIL", which leads into "This place is death" is probably the best ending to any Deftones album ever. Super intense.
"This place is death" is probably the highlight for me.
The whole album makes me feel sad when I listen to it. Even at it's heaviest moments there's a kind of helplessness there. If that's how they wanted me to feel when listening to it, then they have succeeded.

This album is their masterpiece.

**edit**
I've decided to add more, the more i listen to this album the more it blows my mind.
I think 976-EVIL" & "This place is death" should actually have been one track. They merge so perfectly, it feels like if it all combined to one song would have been ever more mindblowing.
Lyrically and melodically it just keeps getting at me, in a good way. The more and more i listen to the crazy chord changes and lyrics I just think how far these guys have progressed.
Chino is just phenomenal on this album. There's a real refined quality to what he's actually saying and the way he sings.
Previous Deftones albums have always felt (to me) like a bunch of songs which they really thought were good. This album feels like it was all written at the same time, with a real focus on a theme.
"This place is death" just keeps hooking me in. It's just like a river, it just keeps building, and flowing.
Such an impressive album. props to chi.
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Initial post: Apr 29, 2010 1:23:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2010 1:24:20 PM PDT
shadebane says:
awesome review, this album is gold. Ive been a deftones fan since i discovered them in junior high 1997... I remember listening to "Adrenaline" for the first time, f'ing amazing. I love the eairly albums, and even love the new stuff though its a new direction. To me this album is a merging of old and new, and i love it. Thank you Deftones for staying true in your creativity and your style. Amazing!

Album is available streaming, free and legally (got from deftones newsletter)
http://www.iheartradio.com/cc-common/ondemand/music.html?apid=6576

Posted on May 4, 2010 7:29:52 AM PDT
konekochan says:
i totally agree - i can feel the undercurrent of sadness too. and the uneasiness as well...Chino sings several times about being anxious and i can feel it in my gut. great review, great album, great band. one love for Chi!

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2010 8:37:03 AM PDT
K-Rock says:
yep agreed. The lyrics are different. Kind of like the previous Chino was a child, Now it feels like he is a man.
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