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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
The White Pony
Maverick Records

Rating: 8.75/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Deftones have, for many reasons, reached cult status in some modern rock circles. Their following has, until somewhat recently, been clouded with those colored-contact wearing Marilyn Manson types, the self-knighted "freaks" in Addidas and baggy pants. Their sound has never wholly fit in with the rap-metal retard rock that is undoubtedly polluting the commercial airwaves this very second, which made it even more saddening to see the Deftones touring repeatedly with the wrong bands.

While oddly retaining a singular sound, the Deftones transcend many post-rock genres and cliques with their sound and no-wheres is this more evident than on their latest release, The White Pony. The connection between Chino Moreno and the likes of prime-time alternative rock such as PJ Harvey and even Stabbing Westward has always been worn on the sleeve. The guitar and bass interplay of Stephen Carpenter and Chi Cheng are often overlooked as the key ingredient in the Deftones' writing and recording process, sounding every bit like the bands Failure and HUM, bands with sheer volume on their side. There may be a DJ in this band - one who actually ads much more flavor and creativity to a rock band than he takes away - but these guys are not Limp Bizkit. They have as much in common with the Faint as they do with Fred Durst and his ilk, taking more ideas from new-wave than from new-metal, and the chance of finding a New Model Army record in their closets far greater than the complete Kyuss discography.

While bringing the band out of Sacramento into the media's eye, the fact that their label, Maverick, has no experience dealing with an artist with little more punch than Candlebox has largely held the Deftones back until this point. There is only so much you can do at a label where Alanis Morissette plays God.

The White Pony, a near masterpiece of dynamics, forward playing, and moody transience, and it will certainly confuse a large number of their old fans while continuing to shake off the bad rap they have gotten and establish them on their own terms. Deftones, let me hear you roar!

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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