Time Will See Us Realign.
Monday, January 24, 2011 2 Comments
So it’s nearing the end of January, and I know everyone is fucking sick of all those “Top ten _____ of 2010” lists and all those immediate forms of reminiscing over just about everything that happened last year. That’s not what I’m going to do. I’ve got a few records in mind that I feel still deserve recognition for catching my attention last year. I’ll start with my undoubtedly favorite record of the last year:
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Now this record took me completely by surprise. When I heard the Deftones were putting out a new record, I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I was still thoroughly enjoying Saturday Night Wrist. I thought it was a tremendous, though a bit unbalanced addition to the Deftones family of superb records. I say unbalanced because there were a few tracks that come to mind that didn’t have nearly the same impact as some others (“Rats!Rats!Rats!” I’m looking at you!). But I digress; I’m not here to talk about SNW, I’m here to tell you how amazingDiamond Eyes is. My first glance at Diamond Eyes was its first single, “Rocket Skates.” Upon first listen, I didn’t get it, I had no idea why Chino and the gang would want to lead off with that song. After spending some more time with it, however, I finally grabbed ahold of the groove, the romantic lyrical approach to violence, and the ballistic heavy motion the song never quite lets you escape from.
It was at first listen of the album’s title track that I knew this record would deliver something special. It blended the down-tuned slow chugs we might remember from the bands self-titled record, and blended it seamlessly with the Chino’s ethereal hypnosis of songwriting and catchy melodies we’ve heard onSNW. Even though the song is essentially just a verse and a chorus, there’s something about it that just fucking rules. Every time I hear it, I’m spellbound by the hook of that haunting chorus. Those who have heard it know exactly what I mean.
What makes this album so special, however, is just how consistently this album beats you over the head with its grooves reminiscent of Around the Fur, blows out your subs with it’s deep 8-string guitars they first unveiled on their self-titled release, and tricks you into singing along just like SNW did just a few short years ago. This is definitely the perfect blend of all the different sounds of the Deftones we’ve seen since their debut in 1995.
So if you haven’t picked this album of yet because of whatever surgeries you’ve had on your sphincter this year, do yourself a favor and pick it up. Other notable songs include: “You’ve Seen the Butcher,” “Sextape,””Beauty School,” and my personal favorite on the album, “Risk.” “Risk” opens with a haunting chugging riff reminiscent of early Meshuggah, complimented by eerie noises courtesy of Frank Delgado, and an exceptionally powerful performance from Chino throughout the track. “I’ll find a way, I’m confused some, but I think I can try. I will save your life. I’ll try for you.” The delivery of these lyrics stands out as one of my favorite moments on the album.
After only a few listens, this record takes the place of my favorite Deftones album, which is saying a lot, having finally trumped White Pony.
Oh, and did I forget to mention? Chino’s back to looking like he did in Fur, totally slimmed down all of a sudden, which is puzzling considering how fluffy he was on the past few records. Whatever diet he’s on, I’ve gotta get on that quick.
Keep an eye out for more of my music highlights of 2010, coming soon here at Wrecked.
Check out the music video for Deftones’ first single from this album, “Rocket Skates” below:
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