This Album “Around The Fur” by the Deftones, i regard as their absolute best. I doubt they will ever top this truly classic CD. Classic mainly, in the genre it’s in. But like the title of this review says, you really don’t have to be a straight-forward fan of Nu-Metal or Alternative to get something out of this CD. It’s a CD that does lean alot towards Nu-Metal and Alternative, but even so it’s still a very enjoyable and pretty unique Album by all means.
The main thing about the Deftones, i feel, is the vocalist Chino Moreno. Many people have tried hard to sound like him, but failed. In that regard he’s really very influential i think. And so is this band as a whole. But Chino Moreno totally adds so much to this music. If he left and they decided to bring in a new vocalist, i doubt it’d work. the Deftones would surely be over. Not that i think he’s the greatest vocalist in the world, because i don’t, i just feel he’s the center of this band and i also feel he’s one of the main reasons for their popularity.
the Deftones are influenced by bands such as Helmet, The Cure, Killing Joke and Joy Division, just to name a few. You can almost get the Helmet influence, but as for the others it’s hard to tell. That’s how unique i believe the Deftones really are. I’ve even heard that guitarist Stephen Carpenter is a big fan of the technical, ultra-heavy death-metal band, Meshuggah..Although the Deftones sound NOTHING like them, obviously because they are in a totally different genre, it’s interesting and pretty cool to see how open-minded the Deftones seem to be about music. (More so than most other Nu-Metal/Alternative bands i know of anyway..)
There really isn’t any filler songs on this CD either. That’s one of the main reasons, obviously, that i give this 5/5. The standout tracks from an Album of standout tracks (If that makes sense..) would be “My Own Summer (Shove It)”, “lhabia”, “Around The Fur”, “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”, “Lotion”, “Dai The Flu” and “Head Up (Feat. Max Cavalera)”..I think i left out 3 songs there. Which goes to show how great this Album really is, as “Mascara”, “Rickets” and “MX” are still top-quality Deftones songs.
My two personal favourite songs are both “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” and “Head Up”. “Head Up” features Max Cavalera of Soulfly/ex-Sepultura, and inevitably ends up sounding a lot like Soulfly (With the riff and then the long outro..) except for Chino Moreno’s vocals. Max Cavalera actually doesn’t seem to contribute much except for a few words here and there. All in all, those are the two most catchy songs i think. “My Own Summer (Shove It)” is also a very catchy song, that they also shot a Video for. “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” to me, is the Deftones most stunning song off this Album though. (They shot a Video for that as well..)
I think every metal fan in general has either heard, or heard about, the Deftones by now. And if you’ve thought about getting into them, but weren’t sure and still not sure of which Album of theirs to start with, i’d start with this definitely. This is very highly recommended to fans of Alternative Metal, and to all fans of metal in general as well.
Without question “Around the Fur” is 5/5