Since I was a little disappointed with the latest rock/hard rock/metal records lately, I was kinda cautious with listening to the newest album of Deftones. Sure, there was Alice in Chains’ Black Gives Way to Blue which I think is amazing. But Godsmack’s The Oracle was disappointing and the new records of Hole and Stone Temple Pilots were amusing and a lot of fun – still, nothing extra-ordinary. So, here I was, stuck with Deftones and terribly afraid that I would get another disappointment which would only make me weep and long for a record more similar to their old ones. Plus, you know, the pressure of another argument was entirely overwhelming – that most of my fascinations this year were more connected with the alternative/electro/ethno/indie scene than with hard music – hence my positive reviews of Gonjasufi’s A Sufi and a Killer or This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem.
Huh! Surprise, surprise! Deftones ROCK! This is a killer album! And no, I don’t want to hear any whining that they’re sell outs and don’t play as good as they did in 1988, 1990, 1997 or whenever the fuck they were playing 😛
Diamond Eyes is a great album. Most of all, it’s not boring. It’s harmonically diverse, songs differ in atmosphere and melody. It’s full of great, complex and heavy riffs – a true heaven for any fan of any kind of hard music. The music definitely builds up tension – moods change, the rhythmical section is very varied and… Gawd… Chino Moreno… he is in an unbelievable, amazing, great, shockingly GREAT form. Sure, he does the things that we are used to. He sings in a way that is so typical of him. And he does it in a perfect way. Moving easily from a tense whisper, through a trembling moan, lyrical, sweet, almost ballad-like melodies and finally – until a powerful, spasm-like, torn scream that makes you shudder. Hell yeah! Moreno is just brilliant!
Songs are very melodic and even though the whole album is very powerful, heavy and rough, dark – you could even say, it has got parts which completely astonish you with their delicateness, sweetness and tenderness.
And yes! Diamond Eyes is a true gem! Just listen to the whole, you will not be able to have enough of it.