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✦✦✦✧ If you’re a Deftones fan, this album offers tantalizing glimpses of near greatness. It’s the first time in 17 years that the band have worked with the great Terry Date, and their combined production choices yield very listenable, if not always straightforward, sonic decisions. Those choices just contribute to an overall sense of the band now being so post-meta that us listeners are just going to have to play catchup. Also, this is the most that Deftones have sounded like a real band in a long time. Stef is playing riffs! Don’t know why it’s so hard to hear Abe’s cymbals, but that’s probably my fault somehow.
If you’re NOT a Deftones fan, don’t start with this album. Listen to “White Pony” instead.