Deftones

Savvy alt-metal workaholics the Deftones did not rush into recording the follow-up to their breakthrough Grammy Award-winning, 2000 platinum album, White Pony.

Savvy alt-metal workaholics the Deftones did not rush into recording the follow-up to their breakthrough Grammy Award-winning, 2000 platinum album, White Pony. Instead, they toured like mongrels, kept their mojo working, and took careful aim at the studio. The result, a self-titled set of 11 fresh cuts, keeps the Deftones' flag flying high. Frontman Chino Moreno sounds like a piano-wire victim on the opener "Needles & Pins" but can also do the dream vox thing on songs like the light-heavy "Death Blow." Meanwhile, mad axeman Stephen Carpenter delivers whir-and-hum or shoots comets from the speakers, depending on where the mood takes him. Check out the part-razor-wire, part-wrecking-ball of "Hexagram," the purgatory vibe of "Lucky You" (with Frank Delgado providing a blood-drip synth), and the ghost-ship closer "Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event." Not quite as imaginative or diverse as White Pony but by no means flogging a dead horse.—AZ