This almost seems like a throw-back, back-to-the-basics album for the Deftones. “White Diamonds” features druggy and sludgy guitar tones that shred with stoner rock ferocity amid Chino Moreno’s trademark out-of-this-world lyrical content delivered via screechy screams, fast spitting almost-raps, and softly sung spoken words. Still as atmospheric as their past releases, each tune seems to build off of one another delivering a true ‘album’ feel that the iTunes geeks won’t understand unless their playlist is the entire album beginning to end. Love the low-end bass tone on this album too; which is a great nod towards Chi who suffered a debilitating brain injury who sadly was absent but everyone is pulling for him to have a full recovery. I almost think that losing one of their brethren for this long-standing band is what helped craft such a fun, enlightening, and engaging album. “Rocket Skates” sounds like it was just lifted from a b-side from “Around the Fur” with its chunky guitar riffs that are perfectly fit for Mastodon fans. “White Diamonds” is at once dreamy and steamy with sultry vocals whispered and crooned by Chino and then counters all of that with caustic screams and yelps of dismay amid churning guitar distortion, weird sample atmospherics from their turntablist, and crisp rhythms and crashing cymbals. It’s not what I was prepared to hear from one of my favorite bands who I thought were on an unfortunate downswing and yet again proved me wrong. Love it.
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Karnivool is Australian for Tool. Yeah ok that was an easy pun but “Sound Awake” is an exact replica minus some of the narrative and talent of Tool – hell they even go by a nickname of “Vool”. Don’t get me wrong, they’re extremely talented but their sound is so cookie-cutter of Tool that it’s almost laughable. Their singer is great and their guitars deploy more melodies than their darker idols but the undercutting bass and percussion are very similar as are their song structures (and song lengths), textures, and bleak atmospherics. Regardless people will soak this up…
Ah a Kottonmouth Kings release. A cliché after a cliché after a cliché. Boring rapcore that tries to squeeze as much 4:20 and pot references into utterly lame rapping and pours it all out onto this massive release (2 cds and a dvd) of nothing more than some fodder that will make you dumber with each listen. It’s amazing that this band has any fans outside of their family and friends. Someone needs to wake these guys out of their haze and let them know that the ‘90s are behind us.
Well I give up on the kids if they like what would happen if MySpace became four morons with instruments. Just because you can merge Auto-tuned vocals, hip-hop, screamo, and dance music together doesn’t mean that it is a good idea nor shall you refer to it as “crunkcore” – Brokencyde is nothing but crapcore. Also as an aside, putting in bad reviews of “haters” in your press kit just confirms that you are all deaf mongoloids.
It’s hard to listen to a band from California whine about pot not being legal; because with medical marijuana it’s closer than most of the U.S. to legalization. Utilizing their brand of Sublime-esque reggae-core with offshoots of nu-metal and rapcore, OPM (yes they figured out a ‘kewler’ way to spell out ‘opium’) settle in the trenches of cliched beach music and teen angst. At times it’s as awkward as explaining away that genital wart to a potential blow jobber but for the most part it delivers precisely what you expect from a low-brow dealer; skank weed that is riddled with seeds and a dash of oregano.
Awww, it’s so cute that people like 40 Below Summer still play nu-metal. Well at least they got the album title spot on.
“Make some fucking noise”, only a nu-metal anthem could start that way and sound just as ridiculous as you might imagine. Live and unadulterated rap-punk noise without the filter of ‘good’ turned on is what “The DiY Guys” bring to the table. Yeah there’s a DVD as well as a live CD of various songs including four brand new (yet moldly) that sound like a retarded Public Enemy who couldn’t escape the ‘90’s music scene if they wanted. (hed) pe == yuck.