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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Deftones Inspire Sweaty Mayhem at the Warfield, 10/10/12

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The set was a study in Deftones' strengths, most notably anthemic chargers like "Engine No. 9" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" tempered with dynamic yet perverse psuedo-ballads like "Digital Bath" and "Hexagram." It's surprising how diverse Deftones have sounded over the course of their career, and how that diversity has strengthened instead of fractured their audience. Their migration from the aggressive metallic lacerations of their debut to the twisted, soaring pop band they are today (albeit with elephantine guitars) is kind of a neat hat trick from an outsider's standpoint. And yet it all seems of the same cloth, especially when viewed onstage last night. Closing with a suite from debut Adrenaline is the aural Red Bull that gives the audience here an implausible second wind. This included truculent closer "Seven Words" and a rendition of "Root," featuring hospitalized bassist Cheng's son, Gabriel.

All exited the Warfield sweaty and happy. Thankfully, it hadn't rained.

Critic's Notebook

Daron Malakian: "This one's for the girls throwing rocks at our bus tonight!"

Overheard [re: Scars]: "That was like Slash's Snakepit meets System of a Down."

Jeers to the flatulent gentleman (gentleMEN?) standing in front of your poor reporter. 

-- @AOKarim


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