- Released: May 20, 2003
- Label: Maverick
Rolling Stone - 5/29/03, p.604 stars out of 5
- "...This is metal that crushes, then soothes; collapses, then soars..."
Spin - 7/03, p.105
"...With DEFTONES, they've built a cathedral of suffering, filled to the rafters with agony, awe, and terror..." - Grade: B
CMJ - 6/2/03, p.6
"...These compositions are messy and contained, quiet and loud, aggressive and vulnerable--often within a single breath..."
- 2.Needles and Pins
- 4.Good Morning Beautiful
- 6.When Girls Telephone Boys
- 8.Lucky You
- 9.Bloody Cape
- 10.Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Deftones: Chino Moreno (vocals, guitar); Stephen Carpenter (strings); Chi Cheng (bass); Abe Cunningham (drums); Frank Delgado (scratches).
Additional personnel: Rey Osburn (vocals).
Recorded at The Spot, Sacramento, California; Larrabee Studios, West Hollywood, California; Studio X, Seattle, Washington.
Personnel: Chino Moreno (vocals, guitar); Rey Osburn (vocals); Stephen Carpenter (strings); Frank Delgado (keyboards, sampler); Abe Cunningham (drums).
Audio Mixer: Terry Date.
Recording information: Larrabee Studios, West Hollywood, CA; Studio X, Seattle, WA; The Spot, Sacramento, CA.
Photographers: Chino Moreno; James Minchin.
Arranger: Greg Wells.
Since the '90s, the Deftones have clawed out their own specialized niche in music. Many have imitated them, but few have reached their heights. They were innovators of so-called nu metal and could easily have settled into complacency riding the wave they helped create. Instead they continue to make waves with their self-titled fourth album.
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno wastes no time in expressing his despair mere seconds into "Hexagram" with a blood-curdling scream that will make your skin crawl. The dense, down-tuned guitars of Stephen Carpenter form a solid backdrop for the vocals that's more about creating a mood than a melody ("When Girls Telephone Boys"). Ironically one of the album's most intense moments ("Lucky You") doesn't even involve guitar, it relies on Nine Inch Nails-type rhythm and keyboards to create an uncomfortable tension. DEFTONES winds down with the loud-soft-loud pattern they're famous for on "Moana."