Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Inaudible Notes

I've been going quite soft on the ol' blog for a week or two, so I figured it'd be wise to mix it up tonight. Fortunately, I received some intriguing news just this morning, which proved to be a promising musical project.

Remember the Deftones?  You know what pissed me off about the Deftones?  After producing a few groundbreaking albums in the 90s and helping to shape heavy music to come, they went so far off the deep end that it was difficult to see what was going on.  White Pony was the last acceptable album and even it began to become too drawn out, ethereal and distant.  By the time the 2003 self titled release came, the Deftones were so mired in their own ambient noise that one could barely decipher the fantastic band I once heard blaring Around the Fur.  2007's Saturday Night Wrist and Chino's side project Team Sleep only served to reaffirm this.

As such, it is with great caution that I listen to the first single, Rocket Skates, which the Deftones have released for their upcoming album Diamond Eyes.  I am cautious, but cautiously optimistic.  It's impossible not to hear the ambient wall of sound which the Deftones have become, however beneath this, I can pick up hints of if not the Fur era, at minimum a good dose of Pony.  All I can say is that at least they're moving in the right direction.

-Spread your maniacal words across my dimly lit lies