The Deftones (Maverick) Rating: NN
The Deftones, perhaps because they were pioneers, are forever being hailed as a nu-metal band that incorporates now sounds into their music and diversifies and blah blah blah. Bullshit. There's nothing new or innovative here. Chino Moreno yells, then whispers. The band gets loud with a barrage of guitars, mellows out for some sultry moaning, gets loud, mellows out, gets loud, then mellows out again. This record gave me a headache. Yeah, it's dark and will make the rebellious set feel like curling up in the fetal position. So what's new?