The biggest category of those who don't understand this album are the late-coming White Pony worshippers. Sometimes I wish these closeminded wimps didn't get hooked on Deftones in the first place.
So what the self-titled album all about? It's about combining heavy and beautiful - just like the suggestive cover art of a human scull with flowers. The album opens with "Hexagram", throwing the listener head first into the low range rhythm guitar. How can anyone claiming to be a Deftones fan not like the ferocious chorus "Worship! Play! Play! Worship! Play! Play!" over distorted Stef riffs and quick paced Abe drumming is beyond me. The other such heavy song is the following "Needles and Pins", at the end of which Chino fades out screaming "Who want to f$%^ with us now!!!..." over and over.
After these two monster songs the album steps down a bit, revealing the beautiful "Minerva" - possibly the highest point in combining beautiful lyrics over some seriously heavy music. Deathblow and Battleaxe are also nice songs, with really cool guitar intros (I absolutely love them!).
Deftones tried a little different approach on this album - instead of doing the switching between soft and heavy within one song (which became formulaic after a while), they just went with flow, and tried to actually combine these opposing elements into cohesive sound. This is why this album sounds so great. And people, before reviewing it, buy yourselves some good stereos, then listen to the album really loud, and THEN tell me what you think.