Blud­geoned by beauty

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

With bassist Chi Cheng in a coma fol­low­ing a 2008 car crash, you couldn’t blame the Deftones for be­ing an­gry. Well, an­grier than the no­to­ri­ously ag­gres­sive Sacra­mento metal act al­ready were.

So it’s to their credit that Di­a­mond Eyes – the sec­ond al­bum recorded since 2006’s Satur­day Night Wrist but first to be re­leased – is as con­cise and con­sis­tent as they’ve ever been.

Sit­ting some­where be­tween 2000’s White Pony and 2003’s Deftones, Di­a­mond Eyes is bru­tal, blud­geon­ing and quite bril­liant but never over the top.

Check out the thrilling open­ing im­pact of the tor­mented ti­tle song, the pure ag­gres­sion of Royal and the raw CMND/CTRL for proof.

But it’s the re­strained anger, twisted rage and oc­ca­sional beauty of singer Chino Moreno’s vo­cals that re­ally shine here. He adds plenty of venom to first sin­gle Rocket Skates, makes Prince’s schiz­o­phrenic mood so en­joy­able, soothes out Sex­tape’s spaced-out at­mos­phere and brings a touch of class to Beauty School’s pop-metal hooks.

And Moren helps pro­vide the al­bum’s best mo­ment on Risk, a track that mixes clas­sic Deftones’ riffs with a soar­ing, spine-tin­gling cho­rus that will make you ache to see it played live. Get them down to New Zealand, quick. Yes, there’s noth­ing rough about this di­a­mond; it’s the Deftones’ best al­bum to date. If Cheng never comes out of that coma, he can rest know­ing his band have found the form of their ca­reers.

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