Back when the world was ruled by primitive nu-metal gorillas barking dysfunctional rhymes over recycled rock riffs, Deftones set themselves apart with a wild experimental streak that saw the group incorporating influences as diverse as the Cure, Ornette Coleman, and Aphex Twin. Produced by Bob Erzin (Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction), the Sacramento band's fifth full-length release, Saturday Night Wrist, features the kind of envelope-pushing fans have come to expect, shifting between gloomy ballads ("Xerces," "Beware") and apocalyptic rockers ("Rapture," "Rats! Rats! Rats!") that in an instant allow singer Chino Moreno to take his dynamic voice from a whisper to a scream with help from guest vocalists such as System of a Down's Serj Tankian and Giant Drag's Annie Hardy. -Aidin Vaziri
'The heavy stuff is really, really heavy, like, really aggressive, and the stuff that's sweet and weird or whatever is sweeter and weirder. A lot of people will probably compare it to White Pony, because that was one of the most diverse records that we did. This one's probably the most diverse record we've done' Chino Moreno. The Deftones' first album in three years, Saturday Night Wrist follows the band's fourth consecutive gold or platinum album, the 2003 self-titled disc that was the Grammyr-winning group's highest charter at #2. Produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction) and former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, Saturday Night Wrist is bombastic yet vulnerable, aggressive yet thoughtful combinations that have made the Deftones among the most respected and acclaimed bands in hard rock.