Deftones Release "Romantic Dreams" Video

California rock outfit Deftones have partnered with Redbull Music to release the official video for their new single, “Romantic Dreams.”

Too often the formula for music videos boils down to performance footage and cut away sequences, but in the video for “Romantic Dreams,” Deftones remove themselves entirely. Directed by skater and filmmaker Brett Novak, the clip features pro skater Jason Park exploring Los Angeles on what appears to be the perfect summer night. You can view the video below.

When asked about the concept behind the video, Moreno offered:

“When we started this record cycle, we decided that we didn’t want to make any videos whatsoever. They’re not much fun to make and they usually turn out pretty corny. But this was an idea that we were interested in because we’re all very keen skateboarders and we like the idea of marrying one of our songs to someone as talented as Jason Park.”

Deftones’ latest album, Koi No Yokan, is available now. (more…)

Deftones Release "Swerve City" Music Video

California rock outfit Deftones have release a music video for their latest single, “Swerve City.”

The visuals for “Swerve City” are 90% shots of a beautiful woman roaming desert landscapes on horseback. I know the idea of a girl riding a horse through the desert may not sound like an interesting concept for a music video, but today that opinion will likely change. As the story unfolds it becomes clear she has secrets, and before the clip ends you begin to unravel the mystery behind why such a woman would be in such a hot, dry place.

Deftones are scheduled to go out on an international tour starting May 11. Click here for dates and ticket information. (more…)

Deftones Comment On Chi Cheng's Death

News of the passing of Deftones‘ bassist Chi Cheng has sent waves of sadness through the entertainment industry. Though Chi was suffering for the last few years, his absence from this world makes things dimmer for countless family, friends, and fans around the world. After taking some time to grieve themselves, Deftones have come forward with a message for fan’s regarding Chi’s passing:

“There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of love. It’s time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi.

Stephen, for Deftones”

Rest in peace, Chi. You will be missed.

RIP: Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Passes Away

It’s sad start to week here at the OurStage offices, as we have just received word that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at the age of 42. He had been left in a semi-concious coma since being involved in a November 04th, 2008 car accident. You can read a message posted by his family and friends to his official support site,, below:

Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. (more…)

Album Review: Deftones – "Koi No Yokan"

After more than 20 years, Deftones are still going strong. In fact, they may be stronger than ever these days. Their newest, highly-anticipated album, Koi No Yokan, is clearly the work of a well-seasoned group that is truly in touch with their sound and who they are as a band. However, something about the album still leaves more to be desired.

First off, if you are a fan of Deftones, then you can rest assured, this is definitely still the band you know and love. They haven’t changed very drastically (not for the worst at least), and when you listen to this album, all of the components that drew you to the band in first place are still there. It is a well-produced, well-written, and meaningful record that has been graciously welcomed by fans and critics into the band’s discography. Still, something about the work as a whole just does not have as lasting an impact as it’s 2010 predecessor Diamond Eyes. It could be considered a close second though.

Right off the bat, Koi No Yokan”a Japanese phrase for the sense that a person feels upon first meeting someone that the two will fall in love”hits the listener hard with the deep Meshuggah-like tones of Stephen Carpenter’s 7-8 string guitar in opener “Swerve City.” This sound sets the stage for most of the album, especially in the tracks “Poltergeist,” “Tempest,” and “Rosemary,” which repeats a dark and brooding riff in the breakdown with surprisingly similar tones of The Acacia Strain. While Carpenter’s guitar is the first distinguished trait in the song, it’s Chi Cheng’s smoothly ascending and descending bass lines that carry the verse of “Swerve City.” Vocalist Chino Moreno leads the track and the album as fluidly as ever, with his signature “soaring-over-the-mountains” reverb and elongated melodic phrases.

The second track, “Romantic Dreams,” follows up this feeling with a pulsing 3/4 groove that alternates to optimistic riff-laden sections in 4/4. “Leathers” ups the intensity with dissonant sections of chugging and screaming, while still interlaced with emotively grandiose and flowing choruses. As mentioned before, “Poltergeist” utilizes the lower and grittier qualities of the guitars, which accompany an intense 7/8 polyrhythmic intro held down by drummer Abe Cunningham”with handclaps that are sure to make this song an interactive crowd favorite.

“Entombed” is a nice change of pace for the album. The feeling of this track can largely be accredited to Frank Delgado’s synth work, which provides a harmonically rich and ambient foundation for an overall uplifting song. When combined with droning delayed guitars and Moreno’s expansive vocals (“Shapes and colors are all I see/Shades of colors are all I feel“), this spacious and electronically grounded track sounds like it could easily be on a Team Sleep album (Moreno’s side project).

The variations between the first half of the album are more or less reflected throughout the second half as well, making for an overall pleasant yet somewhat unmoving experience. The song “Rosemary” contains an interesting dynamic balance between dark intensity and soaring ambience, but the closing track, “What Happened To You?” is the only song on the album that seems to stand out slightly more than the others due to upbeat rhythms by Cunningham and a sort of “bouncy” bassline by Cheng. If Deftones want an honest answer to the question posed by the title of this final track, I would have to say,”nothing.” Nothing happened to me. I enjoyed the album for what it was, but no part of it stuck with me afterward.

Despite some dynamic variations, the whole experience of Koi No Yokan felt very one dimensional. One could argue that, since their formation, Deftones have only gotten better with each album, but this one leads me to believe that they may have finally plateaued. That being said, Koi No Yokan isn’t a bad place to level out. There is nothing overtly groundbreaking about it, but it is still better than a lot of other music coming out these days. I just feel like whatever edge that Diamond Eyes may have had seems to be missing from Koi No Yokan.

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Stream New Deftones Album

Alt-rock band Deftones will be releasing their long-awaited seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan, next week, but you can hear it right now! While it is still inherently and unmistakably a Deftones record, the crew have taken their sound to a whole new level of heavy riff-laden prog-rock that Rolling Stone describes as “adventurously agressive.” If you enjoyed the band’s previous album Diamond Eyes, then prepare yourselves for the powerfully emotive Koi No Yokan, due out Tuesday, November 13th on Reprise Records. Click here to listen now!.

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We are only a week away from the release of Deftones latest album, Koi No Yokan, and today fans around the world can preview a bit more of the record thanks to a brand new trailer making its way around the blogosphere. From the sounds of it, fans new and old will find something to love on this release, and you can get your first taste by clicking play on the video found below:

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Just shy of two years past the release of Diamond Eyes, Deftones have announced that they’ve finished writing their next album and will begin recording it on July 9. The band has also confirmed that they’re sticking with producer Nick Raskulinecz for the album. Receiving generally positive reviews across the board, Diamond Eyes was the band’s first record since the 2008 accident that left bassist Chi Cheng in a coma. For that album, Deftones recruited former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega to play tour dates and record, and he’s been working with them since. Though it hasn’t been explicitly confirmed, it would appear that Vega will be recording the new record with the rest of the Deftones crew, with vocalist Chino stating that Vega “has been working very well” in the band during an interview with Chilean publication La Tercera.

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Metal Monday: Metal Soundtracks

Inspired a bit by Rami’s Soundtrax column, this week’s Metal Monday focuses on the most metal movie soundtracks Hollywood has to offer. You might be wondering “Are there even enough metal movie soundtracks to make a list?” The answer is yes, absolutely. Admittedly, however, some of these albums are much better than others. While not totally metal, the idea of a metal soundtrack started with movies like This Is Spinal Tap and similar films. So, where should we start? How about with the most “Extreme” soundtrack on the list?


Metal Monday: Best Metal of 2010

In a year characterized by comebacks and newcomers, 2010 has been filled with solid metal releases. There were not many albums that were a true cut above the rest”most albums were in tight contention for a Top 10 spot. Really, the top metal albums this year are only a small amount better than the albums that just missed the cut. Even with a Top 10 and five honorable mentions, there are still some very good albums getting snubbed.  Usually, such a list would include some pleasant surprises and big letdowns.  You won’t find the latter here.  Instead you’ll find some consistently great performers mixed with some nice surprises.  Counting down to 2010’s best album:

10. PriestessPrior to the Fire

After making one of the better classic heavy metal-influenced albums in recent years, Hello Master, the Canadian metallers returned with a less poppy and more classic sounding album, and a great one at that.

9. Dark TranquillityEnter The Void

You can be sure of two things with Dark Tranquillity; first that they never put out a bad album, and second that they never put out the same album. Every album from these Gothenburg metal legends is a new, different, and great. Enter The Void continues the trend.

8. Dimmu BorgirAbrahadabra

Though often criticized for being a “fake” black metal band, Dimmu Borgir know what they do, and they do it well. Abrahadabra is another symphonic black metal album that’s a slight step ahead of the pack.

7. EnslavedAxioma Ethica Odini

There are a limited number of bands who can do exactly what Enslaved does on Axioma Ethica Odomi. Certainly no one does it as well. From front to back, this is a very solid album full of the best parts of death, black and progressive metal.

6. DeftonesDiamond Eyes

Deftones are back to their old form, writing ethereal music with an abundance of emotion and power behind it”only now they have a very clear and precise sound that brings it all together. Every member of the band sounds as good, if not better, than they ever have.

5. The Tony Danza Tapdance ExtravaganzaDanza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events

Danza III truly is a death/grind/core/ masterpiece, and there is little more to say about it than that. Even so, you can check my review of it from a few months prior.

Overkill Ironbound4. OverkillIronbound

Like Deftones, Overkill are another band that have returned to form in 2010, but this one in a much more drastic fashion. Ironbound is easily Overkill’s best album in nearly two decades, and is true to the band’s excellent thrash roots.

3. Blind GuardianAt The Edge of Time

After their 2002 and 2006 albums, A Night at the Opera and A Twist in the Myth, it was hard to see At The Edge of Time coming. Quite possibly the band’s heaviest release to date, the furiously heavy riffs add another dimension to Hansi Kürsh’s vocals that was never quite there before.

2. Rhapsody of FireThe Frozen Tears of Angels

Like Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire have added a completely new and much heavier dimension to their music with the amount of great riffs on The Frozen Tears of Angels. Very consistent with all of their releases, The Frozen Tears of Angels is a somewhat cheesy (but totally awesome) symphonic power metal album narrated by Christopher Lee.

1. PeripheryPeriphery

Periphery hit the metal scene hard in 2010 with their debut eponymous release. They play a style of music called “djent” that’s named after the chugging guitar found in all bands that play this style. It’s hard to imagine a better album of this sub-genre.

Honorable mentions:

ExodusExhibit B: The Human Condition

As with all of the “second tier” of thrash metal bands still at it today, Exhibit B is another solid release true to thrash metal’s roots.

Fear FactoryMechanize

Featuring the legendary Gene Hoglan on drums, Fear Factory made an impressive comeback with Mechanize, an album closer in style to Fear Factory’s earlier albums, avoiding what many thought would be disastrous album after the letdown that was Transgression in 2005.

Ion DissonanceCursed

It’s hard to pinpoint, but there’s something about Canadian deathcore bands that’s just better than their US cohorts. Ion Dissonance proves this yet again with Cursed (as Despised Icon did in 2009 with Day of Mourning).

Death AngelRelentless Retribution

Another “second tier” thrash metal band from the 80’s still putting out solid releases. Relentless Retribution is no different.

SevendustCold Day Memory

Since 2000, Sevendust is a band that has continued to get better with each album. Some argue that Animosity is and always will be the band’s pinnacle, but Cold Day Memory shows us that these guys aren’t ready to hang it up” they’ve got plenty more great music in them.

Did I forget an album? Do you have any disagreements? What are your favorite albums this year? Comment below and let me know!