The Deftones first album “Adrenaline” is very different from the Deftones we are now used to today. “Adrenaline” is a straight-forward metal album. No experiments, no electronics or anything that the Deftones are widely known for today, just rock. This release is more in tune with “Around The Fur”, which I think is the Deftones’ best. This one came out in the height of the nu-metal explosion, which the Deftones were partly responsible for. Deftones were one of the first bands, beside Korn, to play what was known as “nu-metal” and they were doing it long before Korn ever got together, even though this one came out a year after Korn’s debut. There was a lot of things to me that made the Deftones better than most of the other nu-metal bands out there, mainly being Chino. Chino is such a great vocalist, and I’ve always prefered him over others like Jon Davis and Fred Durst. Not to mention his lyrics have always been a cut above the others, not just doing the same old topics that eventually became done to death in the genre. The rest of the band isn’t too shabby on their instruments either. If you’re a fan of the Deftones, it’s nice to see where they came from, and how they’ve evolved over the years.
The album opens up with one of the Deftones’ classic songs, “Bored”. Introducing the “soft verse, loud chorus” approach that would later become a staple for their, most other nu metal bands, material. This is where the Deftones show what they’re all about. Most of the album follows this pattern, like “Lifter” and “Root”. Some tend to use rapping approaches (which would become yet another staple in nu-metal) like “7 words” and “Engine #9″. One of the highlights (and my favorite moment on the entire album) is on “7 Words” when the music stops just before the bridge, and Chino says “you don’t know me, shut up you don’t know me, squeel like a pig…”, you know the rest. It’s just so good before it goes back into the song. Some songs see the Deftones slowing it down a bit, and getting very melodic only to turn into fierce bursts, most notably “One Weak” and “Fireal”. The untitled hidden track (which is really called “Fist”) is a hauting, extremely light song which mainly features Chino mumbling and Stephen playing guitar, and is quite good once you listen to it. Most songs on the cd however see the band going to heavy route, showing their metal influence, that would later only be used in small doses. The album also features a great deal or screaming which is not nearly used as much in later albums. Compared to the Deftones releases of today, this one does not even stand up in the diversity department, because really the only thing they do different is slow down songs like “Fireal” and “One Weak”. Even with the lack of diversity (which I love about the newer albums) the collection of songs on here will please any fan of the band, especially those who love “Around The Fur”. Fans of new releases like “White Pony” and the self-titled might just want to check it out for nostalgic purposes. I fell in love with this album years ago, and still I find myself listening to it and loving it just the same. It’s so good, and that’s the way it’s always been with the Deftones. Everything they’ve ever done has been great, and this album is no exception.
Definitely a worth while addition to any Deftones fans collection. Most won’t be dissapointed with this one. I know that if you’re a Deftones fan, then most likely you already own this one. However if you’re someone who has recently got into the band, then don’t hesitate to pick this one up and add it to your collection. The Deftones never make the same album twice, so it make “Adrenaline” even more essential. The things that made the Deftones amazing back then, are still the things that make them amazing today, and it’s great to see those things in an early form. It’s cool to remember when the Deftones were one of the front runners in nu-metal. Now they deny all association with the genre. However this one will always remain as one of the most influential nu-metal albums out there, and really you can’t do any better.