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Certified Gold by the RIAA (7/99).
Call it what you want: emo-core, alternative, sneaker metal...the Deftones seemed the most unlikely quartet to come out on Madonna's Maverick Records. The music is agro, abrasive, and damn near primal from the disc's first few seconds. Tool-like whisperings of front-man Chino Moreno can bring the mood from disconcerting to downright dangerous in seconds. Heavy, chunky guitar riffs, mad raps, and testy tempo changes make this a must-have for fans of whisper-to-a-primal-scream alterna-rock. Killer tracks: "Bored" and "7 Words". --Denise Sheppard
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The brutal songs on Adrenaline are more than the best example of their style. It shoves pure rage into your face with its obnoxious and sometimes unintelligible lyrics and attitude, and is one of the most positively convincing 90s metal albums. After the first couple of listens, it sounded to me like extremely unvaried guitar riffing, weak melody and talentless screaming. But after awhile, Adrenaline opens up and reveals its strengths as a very heavy, direct, and emotionally powerful offering.Read more ›
I call the Deftones' music emo-core with more of a harder edge. The music is extremely heavy featuring thick and exquisite guitar work by Stephen, blood-throbbing bass by Chi, accentuated by steady drumwork courtesy of Abe, creating a fusillade of tempo-laden music that can be aggressive or just plain soothing. The musicians' talent is very evident on this album and Stephen, Chi, and Abe just flow so well together creating music that is special.
Once again, it's not the music itself that makes this band so great but it is the songwriting and vocal talents of Chino Moreno that gives the Deftones that special edge. Chino is by far one of the most talented vocalists out there (also my favorite vocalist alongside Brian Armer-formerly of Juice) whose ability to switch from melodic crooning, to rap-singing, and hardcore screaming is nothing short of brilliant. "Adrenaline" showcases all of Chino's vocal abilities and then some, although the lyrics leave something to be desired.
The album is a complete masterpiece from start to finish featuring such songs as "Bored" and "Firal" which exhibits their softer side. For pure, adulterated, aggression, check out "7 Words". "Minus Blindfold" and "One Weak" showcase the best of both worlds while "Engine No. 9" and "Root" feature that rap-metal vibe.Read more ›
THE GOOD: 1) HARDCORE. Every track goes for broke and hits you in the face like you where a baseball and the album was Barry Bonds looking for # 72! This band holds nothing back and I am glad for that. Finally, a debue from a band that knows excately who they are and what they want to do musically.
2) LEAD SINGER. Just like in INCUBUS, this band is made its powerful lead singer. It is his emotions and his pain that you feel in each track, however the band is not lost within his expression either. Nice blend.
THE BAD: 1) THE BAND. Just like Korn had to catch up to J. Davis's vocals, so does this band. The lead singer is just that good. This is not neccessarily a bad thing because it will offer oppurtunities to grow musically, but until that happens it has to be classified a negative.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Wow, only one bad thing to say that is simply amazing for me. Usually I like to give 3 good and 3 bad things about an album, but here I can only find 1 bad and 2 good. To sum it all up, every metal head who calls themselves a metal head has to have this album. This album is a "must have" album.
Bored: Despite what all reviewers say, it's nothing special. Cool guitar, but that's it.
Minus Blindfold: While the position of my favorite song on this CD, formerly occupied by this song, has been taken over by One Weak, this song is still around 4th place (which doesn't even do it justice), and is great. Chino's vocals are near to his best here.
One Weak: The best on this cd. When they sing the chorous the 2nd time, it's like, well, the best vocals on this CD. Everything compliments everything. Perfect.
Skipping to... 7 Words (cause I can't remember the songs before it): Up until that whispery "squeal like a pig" part, where it geats really heavy-metal, it reminds me almost of Incubus' Fungus Amongus (in other words, not too good). But the heavy part is great.
Birthmark: A really heartfeltfully-sung song. Quite beautiful.
Engine No.9: Cool. A great rap-metal song, that you could almost dance to.
Fireal: Kinda creepy, but still really good. The put a lot of work into this one.
Bonus Track: Really cool, with little singing, but nice guitar.
So, this is a great CD, and, (though just barely), is better than White Pony, (or at least heavier), although WP probably has more thoughtful lyrics, and Knife Prty, (which is how it's really spelled), Change, Mini-maggit (on the enhanced version), and Pink Maggit beat the pants off some songs on Adrenaline (not to say that those songs are bad; every song's good on Adrenaline). Go out, get this CD, and be prepared for the heavy-metal\alt-rock experience of your life!!!!!
Most recent customer reviews
Great sounding album. No regrets on this purchase. However, the song "Fist" (short hidden track after "Fireal" on the CD) is not included on this release, and it's... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jordan Friesen
eww...this cd is amazing but deftones is everything but emo...not emo! METAL. This is definately one of their best.Published on Sept. 27 2005
This is metal. I don't get why some of the reviews call it emo? It isn't, this is real metal at its best. It is raw and unfiltered. It sounds very hard though! Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Slothmo
WWOOWW... this is pretty awesome. The thing with deftones is that they dont really have a set genre... In my opinion they sound EMo CORE... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Nadir Durrani
The Deftones are a band who go against the grain,constantly evolve and sound like no other band around. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Zach Salzmann
This cd is perfect and downright scary in it's own weird way. It just amazes me how well they made this album. This music just puts me in such a euphoria state of being. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Alex
This is the best cd i own. It rocks. Between the unbelievably awesome guitar riffs and Chino voice, this cd rocks. If you like old Staind or Korn, you will like this cd. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by mizax