[ Reprise Records / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 3 May 2010
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'Diamond Eyes' works the way good records used to; each song carries you a little further away from your bad day until finally, you've been transported to a place that feels a whole lot better than where you started. There's also a newfound sense of purpose that makes Deftones' sixth album stand out.
The band recorded the disc after their best friend & bassist, Chi Cheng, sustained a debilitating brain injury from a car accident in November of 2008. The tangle of Stephen Carpenter's woozy, undulating guitar work and Chino Moreno's soaring, then secretive, vocal style is the bittersweet dynamic behind each of Deftones' records, including 'Diamond Eyes'. The friction drives the music as much as it does the players, though it doesn't always make life easy for childhood friends Stephen & Chino...
"What makes us work?", asks Stephen. "Chino will give you the exact opposite answer that I do. That's the way it is with us - we contradict each other constantly, but it's also what makes our music what it is-intense and different."
1. Diamond Eyes
3. CMND / CTRL
4. You've Seen the Butcher
5. Beauty School
7. Rocket Skates
11. This Place is Death