Deftones have been through a lot of hardship during their 28 year existence. From fallouts with record labels to the death of one of their prominent early members (R.I.P. Chi), Chino and the rest of the bands makeup have proved resilient, even more powerful with their messages as of late. When they came through Baltimore on the second date of their tour supporting their new album Gore, the love of the music was still very prevalent. We also got to wish founding guitarist Stephen Carpenter a happy 46th birthday as Chino dressed the stage with Happy Birthday balloons.
Being one of the predecessors to the “nu-metal” genre is a pretty big deal. There’s a reason why Deftones are still relevant while the Limp Bizkits of the world have fallen off (no offense guys). Any time you hear a Deftones song, you immediately know that that’s Chinos voice flowing over the vocals. The heady guitar riffs from Stephen Carpenter add even more authenticity to Deftones unique sound. Add Sergio Vega on bass and Abe Cunningham on drums, and you have a Deftones sound unmatched by any other artist out there right now.
Starting out the set with “Kimdracula” off of their fifth studio album Saturday Night Wrist was a pleasant beginning to a set that covered songs reaching from their entire discography. The controlled chaos of Chinos voice varying from a whisper to a scream in the matter of milliseconds is a huge part of that unique sound I mentioned. Controlled chaos really is the best way to describe it. And to end the set on a double encore with “Bored” from their first album Adrenaline, I mean WOW. The beautiful idea to end a set with the first song from their first record just seemed so perfectly planned. It really highlighted the bands journey through their discography.