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Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D]
Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D]
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.21

5.0 out of 5 stars "Bringing Metal to the Dis-enchanted", 24 May 2003
A memory of some newspaper figment doth remind of a freak accident by which an adolescent was killed by falling stacks of hay at his father’s farm. The force of which is only multiplied by that of its tragedy, was enough to crush him to death. This is how ‘Deftones’ presents itself to you. It is best described as audio turmoil with sheer fury and enough power to raise these dead spirits from the depths of damnation in just under 48 minutes. It is without a shadow of a doubt, ‘Deftones’ heaviest contribution, surpassing many of my expectations as to where the universal success of ‘White Pony’ would take them. To first set the record straight, it definitely isn’t another ‘White Pony’ and as I stand here on my podium, hinting that Deftones have failed you in delivering something as epic as 2000’s release, I don’t wish to criticise it any way.
Many of the songs, such as ‘When Girls telephone Boys’ are extremely heavy but at the same time much more cultivated, accessible and dimensional than that which usually occurs when ‘Deftones’ adopt a heavier stance. The only song that didn’t stand out from White Pony was ‘Elite’; a one dimensional, ‘heavy’ song that in comparison to efforts such as the amazing ‘Passenger’ and ‘Knife Party’ contributed nothing to the controversy. I almost forgot how I used to boogie to ‘My Own summer’ and ‘Root’ but the self-titled album, coincidently takes you back to those same roots, with progression beyond belief.
‘Minerva’ isn’t a weak song but it doesn’t stand out as a single choice when contextualised with the rest of the album. For example, ‘Needles and Pins’ digs back into the realms of Adrenaline, with such amazing vocal harmonies that developed throughout ‘White Pony’. Deftones have managed to create a whole new dimension of sound without losing focus; without still being ‘Deftones’. For those still reminiscing in ‘White Pony’, songs such as ‘Deathblow’ and ‘Lucky you’ maintain the same aura of tranquillity and spookiness that we familiarised ourselves with.
There was so much anticipation waiting on this album and by all means, it was apprehension well spent. For many others and myself alike, White Pony is still always going to be the album that defines the Deftones but this is still one hell of a record that brings metal to the closed ears of the dis-enchanted.

The Neon Handshake
The Neon Handshake
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The waiting 03', 3 Feb. 2003
This review is from: The Neon Handshake (Audio CD)
finally its out after months of anticipation, holding back and excitement. finally a compliation from the greatest emo-metal band is on the greedy shelves of all music stores across the UK and the web. it was worth every moment of the wait with re-mastered versions of all the classic songs, most notably the version of 'i can climb mountains'.
it brings light relief and continue the long line of great bands arriving at our frequently ignorant hands, unnoticed. rock music isn't dead, isn't exploited..this is proof.
the cd opens 'five kids go' a kinda blended heavier openng that rips into a mixture of mellow/heavy so perfect that it brought tears to my eyes (weeps at the sound). every song pleases and i simply can't mix enough complimentary words to describe this cd.
go buy its worth every penny of your hard earned and burned cash.

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