- Around the Fur
Deftones second album shows how much they have grown over
the past two years. Instead of insubordinate screaming
and yelling, unthoughtful lyrics, and blurting out vulgarities
by the handful, they have sat down and wrote a promising record.
Founded in 1992, in Sacramento,
CA, the band Deftones was discovered by the ultimately popular
Korn. Many have thought that Korn's unique hardcore
style rubbed off on the Deftones on their first record, Adrenaline,
which does prove to be a fact. Listen to how similar
the Deftones are to Korn on their debut and you will have
to agree. It does seem that they all have grown musically,
and shown their true inner talent on their latest record,
Around the Fur.
This CD is definately not for the
weak at heart. Although some more "emotional"
songs such as "Mascara" and "Be Quiet and Drive
(Far Away)", would possibly attract a more alternative
crowd to this band. Yet, they still live up to their screamy
meamies and extremely energetic mix of hardcore-metal/punk
in the songs "Around the Fur" and "HeadUp".
The vocal style of Chino Moreno,
best known for his wildness on stage and drunkenness off stage,
is similar to such bands as Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Rage Against
the Machine. He sings sweetly at certain times in songs
and when you least expect he'll just start yelling his ass
off. Although, this may sound unappealing to some people,
it definately fits the moods of his songs. Even on his
slower songs (e.g. "Mascara") he holds his vocals
down to a low level. This certainly gives off the mood he
was trying to create in the song. However,
I still think some times Chino lets himself go a little too
much for comfort.
The music in the band seems to
hit all different genres mixed together like they were making
some sort of fresh-ass cake batter. The drum beat reminds
me of a hip-hop style beat. The guitar sound is more
punk rock or hardcore sounding and the bass follows along
that aspect. The music is very tight, and flows together nicely.
It seems like the band really works good together, and a replacement
in the Deftones would not be
in the question.
To sum it all up, the Deftones
are one band that writes very decent songs for almost any
occasion. You can listen to them when you're sad, happy,
and especially when you're angry. They're a great mosh
pit band, if that's the type of group you're looking for,
and even a great chill out band, if that's your flavor.
Deftones are not for everyone though. If you want some
pure rock 'n' roll please don't bother with the Deftones,
but if you're pleasure is very energetic music, then Around
the Fur is the right CD for you.
*The reason I give it
3.5 is because in some tracks, no matter what I said earlier,
they sort of lose that energy and seem to go off on each his
own. A lot of saves on this record, but a lot of really tight