Sound of Saturday: Deftones

deftones diamond eyes

If you're like me, you have special albums that you like to listen to for special purposes.  I love the Deftones album, Diamond Eyes, for when I'm working in the studio, making art.  It's both heavy and mellow at the same time.  It's not "background" music, but it's "zoning out" music.  I find it very relaxing.

Oddly enough, seeing the Deftones in concert (Chicago, Riviera Theater, June 15, 2007) was one of the most mystifying events of my life.  I still can't for the life of me figure out why so many muscle-head crush-your-skull moshers and "bros" were in the audience.  WAY more than I've ever seen at any other show I've been to... and I've been to Ozzfest and a crapload of other hard rock/metal shows.  For some reason, this crowd was scary.  But the music is NOT - it's beautiful!  Ok, ok, ok... I'm a girl here, and to me, saying that hard rock music is beautiful could be seen as offensive or weak to some, but I mean it in a totally positive and complementary way.

Oh wait, here's a better example: the crowd I imagine (but don't know for sure since I wouldn't touch one of these shows with a 10-foot-pole) would be at Disturbed was the audience that I witnessed at the Deftones show.  Does that analogy make more sense?  

Disturbed = douchebag bros and muscle-head sweaty, sticky, mosh-happy drugged/wasted dudes

I didn't expect such a thing at a Deftones show, but there they were.  Yeah, I don't get it either.  Music + crowd don't match.

But anyway, I love the Deftones.  I enjoy listening to them loud and in solitude.  Which makes me think that I should probably get out my headphones and listen to this album at work.  I think it would be fantastic for mellowing out.

Favorite tracks on this album include the title track, "You've Seen the Butcher," "Beauty School," "Rocket Skates," and "This Place is Death."  The sound is heavy but beautiful and ambient and fills the space.  It's echoing, full, big, and dream-like.

How would you describe the Deftones?

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  1. hmmm it's hard to know how to describe the deftones.. we were sooo bummed we didnt get to see them in australia in january... argh... my sister went though, and she described a weird crowd too!

    you have the best taste in music.... love!

  2. I think the Deftones music is beautiful, too--so atmospheric and textured!
    I was at that concert, by the way (and at The Rave the following night)! I remember it was hotter than shit in there, haha. I was there to see Dir en grey as well, they're one of my favourite bands! :)

  3. @Donna - Thanks! If you get the chance to see the Deftones again, definitely do it. So good.

    @Elis - Whoa small world! Same show! Yeah, we love Dir En Grey too, so we were really excited that they opened! But my brother braved the crowd and the pit up in front. Not me, I strayed towards the back. Todd is nice and stays with me. I feel all protected. :)

  4. Ahhh that's awesome! :) I don't meet too many people who like Dir en grey. :)
    We were up front but to the right, sort of near all the amp stuff. My ears were ringing for ages afterwards, lol! :)


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