Diamond Eyes - Deftones
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the rock band was recorded and released as a substitution (with Sergio Vega on bass) to Eros which was put on hold when bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a serious car accident.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. Diamond Eyes is wild and serene, and I can honestly say its Deftones' best album to date.
  2. It’s the stellar-sounding closer ‘This Place Is Death’ that perfectly demonstrates the striking yet violent contrasts that make album number six a masterpiece.
  3. A brilliant, invigorating reintroduction.
  4. 78
    Diamond Eyes does not disappoint when it comes to strong, powerful and unexpected material.
  5. The first third feels like primal-scream therapy, with frontman Chino Moreno howling himself even rawer than usual. More original are the quieter numbers that show off Deftones' subtleties.
  6. The set is full of the Deftones' usual energy and showcases singer Chino Moreno's knack for alternating between screams and sweet vocal delivery over heavy, complex guitar work.
  7. Usually, though, Chino Moreno's lyrics go for cathartic images (shaking coffins, fading faces) set to chopping riffage, whirlpool distortion and dark, soaring melodies that sound more like the Cure than Korn.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    As a deftones fan since day one I have always loved every direction they have gone with each album but with Diamond Eyes they are pointed back UP. I have had this album for quite some time now and with each and every listen it just gets so much better. I'm now at the point where I can say this is one of their best albums and it's on my top 3 all time best Deftones albums of all time. Take my advice and pick this one up and you will not be sorry because this is pure art and the boys have so much to prove this time around. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    People tend to attach memories and emotions to music. That's why, when you here that old song, you think of 'that summer', when life was fantastic, your girl was a personal favour from God to you, and your only complaint had something to do with the temperature of your beer.

    What sets this record apart from other contenders to my first review is not the fact that it was made in the absence of their comatose bassist and good friend, or that they scrapped all their previous work, and started fresh with stand in bassist Sergio Vega, all in less than 2 years. No. What set this album apart are the emotions that come with it. Deftones open a new door with every song you listen to on this album. Not a single melody sounds generic or bland. The album is a mixture of edgy, almost-metal, to chilled, shoegazing, cruising-the-streets ballads. While tracks like Diamond Eyes and Rocket Skates unleash the hard, pounding aggression of the band, you get the likes of 976-Evil, Sextape and Prince, to crack open the beer and put your feet up to. Listen to this rock album, and you wonâ
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  3. May 8, 2011
    10
    I had never heard this band before this album (except for the Back to School music video), and after the first song, I was hooked. The slow, grinding, yet smooth melodies of the album are simply fantastic. My favourite songs were "Diamond Eyes", "Sextape", and "976-Evil". Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2013
    10
    The album is absolutely perfect, is the new generation of metal. The instrument sounds are impeccable and unique, but what I love this album and Deftones are their amazing and innovative lyrics. An example would be "Sextape" is what we would consider the ballad of the album and talks about the desire to feel "the sound of ocean waves", figuratively obviously, there's the song "This Place Is Death" more that sexual, refers to love, the feeling of reciprocity with another person. Creates a dense atmosphere that serves a farewell without lowering the bar with a less harsh guitars and harmonicas, a battery that sustains the rhythm on the toms and a pretty melodic voice. This album is one of the best of 2010, do not hesitate to have it. Collapse
  5. Apr 15, 2011
    10
    this is quickly becoming my favorite deftones album, as it seem they for once they actually tried to tap into their massive talent pool. in all actuality this is their 2nd best album which is sad considering the obvious talent. after 20 years of ok to good music while always seeming on the verge of greatness but never quite reaching it, this record seems to atleast be an attempt at actually becoming the band their fans always thought one day they would be.... about time Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2013
    9
    It took a while to grow on me, but it's definitely a great album. For me, it's more consistent and overall more satisfying than Saturday Night Wrist. That album had some amazing songs and some filler (rare for this band) however this is an album that flows well from start to finish. Strangely, the only track I find myself skipping sometimes is Sextape which used to be my favorite off the album. I just find that it works better as a standalone track, or could have opened or closed the album. Not sure I love the production, but it's not bad by any means. Whether it's their best record ever is entirely subjective, but they are definitely progressing as a band, and their latest Koi No Yokan is arguably even stronger. Expand
  7. Feb 20, 2012
    8
    The spirit and consistency found in their self-titled 2003 release is renewed into something a lot more positive and passionate. The coma Chi found himself in, really provoked this band into generating their best set of songs in a decade, proving not only their relevance commercially but as musicians. Expand

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