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  • Summary: This self-titled release is the fourth studio album for the California alt-metal outfit.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. In a genre considered creatively bankrupt, this is genuinely new metal. [Jul 2003, p.102]
  2. It is an important leap forward for one of the few American metal bands left who care about the form's emotional evolution.
  3. A modern, commercially-viable, carefully crafted rock record that also sounds violent, deranged and desperately, incurably sad all at the same time.
  4. 75
    This is less an 11-song album than a single long-form mope. [Jul 2003, p.105]
  5. The record as a whole is less rewarding than its predecessor, though its peaks rival any in the genre.
  6. 60
    Its densest aural jungle so far. [#17, p.136]
  7. It sounds like a dog howling over a Sepultura record. No, worse. It sounds like Fred Durst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Joseph-ScottA.
    Dec 6, 2007
    10
    This is an incredible album. And very underrated. The Deftones created an incredibly emotive and artistically relevant record with this, their self titled release, as though they were re-inventing what Deftones were. It sounds blissed out, willingly obscure and unforgiving with it's hard bite at times. it is one of my favorite albums of the 00s. It can also be seen as a brilliant alternative of Loveless. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Their best to date. nothing else to say, most part of the record you found Deftones at their max , the killer-chain-saw-like sounding guitars, the peculiar drumming, the atmospheric electronic effects and of course Moreno's utterly high screams & eire quiet vocals makes this record unmatchable. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2013
    10
    Definitely the most epic record by Deftones. So much emotion in every single vocal line, powerful riffs and of course the mind-blowingly atmospheric, almost divine harmonies they create. Hexagram as an opener is just outta this world, and Good Morning Beautiful Bloody Cape convince with their simplicity and power. Also, very slick sound with a touch of raw. I love it. Expand
  4. Ed
    Jun 26, 2003
    9
    This album is White Pony.2 and i love it because it`s like this guys have perfectioned the style they presented us with their last album, i truly believe that with Lucky You i've heard what teenager was meant to be a greater song it`s mellow and yet it has a sense of evil and Deathblow is this disc Change i can`t get enough of this song. What can i say i love this album Expand
  5. wills
    Jun 28, 2003
    9
    after spending so much time on this CD, i was expecting a lot. and i was totally pleased with the final product. almost. there's a bunch of songs that are monsters and there a still a few fillers. Expand
  6. TheMedium
    May 18, 2007
    8
    In retrospect now one of the best Deftones records ever, second only to White Pony. With the songs more direct and to the point, the eponymous album now seems the most apt follow-up to its spectacular predecessor. Though not as jagged, it is certainly the rawest produced Deftones record since Adrenaline, which would explain its constant likeness to Shoegaze. But while most other bands falling under this sub category are no more then blatant copycats, Deftones rather pay homage to My Bloody Valentine for being profound influences here. Hexagram is the quintessence of why this band is always alluded to as being Expand
  7. chuckyo
    Oct 22, 2003
    1
    I hated this record. Why are all these people talking about how innovative it is?? It's just the same old crap (screaming, simple guitars) that's all over the radio these days. White Pony was MUCH better. At least it didn't sound like the exact same song being played ten times in a row like this CD. Expand

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