DEFTONES

Kerrang! (UK) - - Carter Brothers -

WHITE PONY

(2000)

■ The myth, of course, is that you have to be re­ally, re­ally heavy all the time to make a defi ning metal al­bum. You don’t. No band un­der­stands that more than Deftones. Their third al­bum, White Pony, was a cre­ative war­zone – singer/gui­tarist Chino Moreno wanted to ex­plore softer, avant garde sounds, while gui­tarist Stephen Car­pen­ter sim­ply wanted to make their heav­i­est mu­sic yet. The re­sult is an al­bum that con­stantly al­ter­nates be­tween punch­ing you in the face (Elite) and ap­ply­ing ice packs (Dig­i­tal Bath). Yes, 1997’s Around The Fur is a heav­ier al­bum, but White Pony re­minded the world that true heav­i­ness reg­is­ters more when there is some light­ness to bal­ance it.

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