Long after their 'nu-metal' contemporaries have bitten the
dust, Deftones still show no signs of floundering. The
fact that the near-perfect White Pony was released around
the same time as Korn's Issues and Limp Bizkit's Chocolate
Starfish, says it all really.
Yet the Sacramento outfit looked in danger of losing this
credibility, as their self-titled fourth album veered
dangerously back to the adolescent screamo that
characterised their breakthrough years. Thankfully, new
single Mein, taken from the undervalued Saturday Night
Wrist, shows this to have been no more than a blip.
Dominated by lush production techniques, the influence of
Pink Floyd's Bob Ezrin and Far's Shaun Lopez shine
through, with supersonic fills combining fluidly with the
crushing riffery that has always been the epitome of the
band's sound. Complex time changes and Chino Moreno's
breathy vocal complete a gigantic sound that steadily
thuds out its melodic force.
The defining moment of the track, however, is the sultry
chorus sung by System Of A Down's Serj Tankian. The
Armenian-American's deep, rumbling vocal contrasts
perfectly with a soaring body of down-tuned guitar work.
With more interesting link-up between verse and chorus,
this would have been a collaboration to rival the Maynard
James Keenan-led Passenger. As it is, it remains a potent
reminder that Deftones are still very much a force to be