I am one of few deftones fans who can honestly say that my favorite album is always their LAST album. If you ask me, they've just gotten better and better through the years.
That's why I find it hard to conclude that the new album is a bit dissapointing here and there. They've just gone overboard with the spacey interludes on this one. Whereas White Pony's 'Digital Bath' was a refreshing exercise in loungey melody and a welcome break from the constant riffing, nobody wants a Deftones album with five (!) virtually guitarless songs that just seem to go on and on (that's Cherry Waves, U.U.D.D., Xerces, Pink Cellphone and Riviere).
Luckily, they reinvent themselves brilliantly on some tracks; Rapture, Beware, Mein, Rats!Rats!Rats! and Combat are not to be missed and are, in themselves, enough reason to go get this album and not feel cheated. Hole in the Earth and Kimdracula are solid, unremarkable tracks in Deftones' oeuvre - but that still makes them better songs than what a lot of other bands ever produce.