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Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D]
Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D]
Price: £5.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for "nu metal's" finest., 20 May 2003
Being an avid Deftones fan, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this; their fourth full length, self-titled album. Having heard the track "Lucky You" on the recent Matrix Reloaded Soundtrack, I was worried that Deftones may have lost their angst ridden sound, and gone for something a whole lot more melodic.
How wrong could I have been? From the ridiculously catchy opening riff of Hexagram that starts the album in a bouncy 6/8 time, I knew that the band had not lost it at all. What I am also pleased to inform though, is that, while they haven't lost their angst ridden sound, they most definately have matured. Each song on Deftones is increasingly well structured and balanced. The album goes from the mellow (Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event) to the heavy (When Girls Telephone Boys) and includes everything in between. Again though, the standout element of the album goes to the inspiring voice of Chino Moreno. His screaming/singing style of vocal seems more at home here than it has ever done, and without it, the band would not have such a distinct sound.
"Nu metal" is now reputably dead as far as music today is concerned, but Deftones no longer belong to this catagory and owe as much to it as bands such as Tool. Deftones, like Korn before them, have transcended above most rock music and now sit comfortably in their own niche. Deftones are now not so much a band - they are an institution.
If you even have a slight perchant for heavy music, I urge you to check out this album.

The Matrix Reloaded: The Album (U.S. 2 Cd Set-Enh'D-Pa Version)
The Matrix Reloaded: The Album (U.S. 2 Cd Set-Enh'D-Pa Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well selected collection of Cyberpunk sounds., 6 May 2003
Being a huge fan of the first Matrix film, and of it's brilliantly put together soundtrack, I was hasty to pick up a copy of the follow up's. What a treat for the ears, the songs that the directors have chosen for this film fit the cyberpunk genre perfectly. There is a wide selection of different genres on offer here, from Industrial Metal to downbeat Ambient. The songs here are a lot more downbeat in comparrison to the original's angst ridden sound. This helps to show what progressions each band have made since the first film, as many of the bands on the first soundtrack appear for a second time. Standout tracks for me include Team Sleep's "Passportal", which is a haunting, melodic instrumental that reminds me somewhat of the music from older sci-fi's such as Blade Runner or Total Recall, and Deftones' "Lucky You" which shows the band taking an even further breakdown in sound from their efforts on the White Pony album. The second disc though, made this purchase essential. Unlike the previous film where WB released two seperate soundtrack cd's (one showcasing rock, and the other showcasing the orchestral ambience), here they have released them together. This 2nd disc is what pushed a four-star album up to a 5. The work by Don Davis on this film is nothing short of remarkable, and his music sends shivers down my spine everytime I hear it.
A definate purchase for fans of the film, and a good insight into the world of The Matrix for those who are experiencing it for the first time. Definately one of the better soundtracks of recent years.

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