Album review: Deftones – ‘Diamond Eyes’ (Warner Bros)

Metallic masters back on top form

It’s a decade since ‘White Pony’ finally pushed [a]Deftones[/a] towards wider critical acceptance, but as ‘Diamond Eyes’ shows, they’ve always sounded timeless. And despite having a rich story behind it – they recorded an album (‘Eros’) but before its release bassist Chi Cheng was hospitalised; former Quicksand man Sergio Vega was drafted in and before they knew it they’d written this – ‘Diamond Eyes’ is as gloriously non-era-specific as ever. ‘Rocket Skates’ and ‘You’ve Seen The Butcher’ both reward repeat listening and impress on the first blast, and the bloodthirsty ‘Risk’ is a real throwback to their early days. A brilliant, invigorating reintroduction.

Rob Parker

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