Saturday, November 04, 2006

album review: Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist

extrawack! welcomes new correspondent Priscilla White, who kicks it all off with this review of the new Deftones album, Saturday Night Wrist:

Deftones fans can raise their rockhorns and rejoice - their Saturday Night Wrist hit the shelves this week and reminded us why we've missed them so goddamned much. The group's 5th album is mature and intricate, packed with hard vocals, hypnotic riffs and the type of industrial noise-cum-ballad schizophrenia we've longed for since White Pony. Signature Deftones geeky humor is all over this album, from the kick-off "Woop!" on "Hole in the Earth" to track 6, named for the legendary Konami code (but slightly wrong, wtf?).

SNW reminds me again that Chino's the only man who can woo us with eardrum assault - and the anthemic "Rapture" delivers... over and over again. I can't get it out of my head. "Rats!Rats!Rats!" is another favorite track, screeching laryngital echoes of "Decide!" over tension-building drums and what I can't help but hear as Serj Taknian's influence seeping beyond "Mein," his credited guest song. SNW is an unapologetic retort to everyone who doubted the band's "hardness" after their 2003 release.

Amusingly, the album's most offensive track involves no screaming at all. "Pink Cellphone" (featuring Annie Hardy) is a new experiment for the Deftones, combining trip-hop electronica and overactive reverb with the kind of spoken-word gobbledygook normally reserved for Bjork or Miho Hatori. Nu rock purists have little room in their hearts for this type of interlude, but many will appreciate the band's foray into new ground on what's essentially a back-to-basics album, showcasing the versatility and hard, melodic watermark that's made them great. I can't wait to see them live.

Deftones - "Hole In The Earth" winmedia

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