Posts Tagged ‘Chino Moreno’

81BbQMTakEL._SL1425_You never forget memories like where you were the first time you saw a movie that brings back pleasant memories. You never forget memories like the first time you heard a song from a band that you love and that was definitely the case the first time that I had ever heard of the Deftones. The first time I heard Sacramento’s Alt-Metal kings was the track Be Quite And Drive (Far Away) because it was unlike anything I had ever heard before so I had my brother purchase their second album Around The Fur which was released on October 28, 1997 via Maverick Records. The band was made up of Chino Moreno (Vocals), Stephen Carpenter (Guitars), Chi Cheng (Bass), and Abe Cunningham (Drums) while the album was produced by Terry Date. The album was pretty successful as it helped establish the band on the scene. A lot of critics felt that the album was a good stepping stone for the band because they were on the cusp of discovering who they really were. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while it was a number one album on the Top Heatseakers Charts and it has gone platinum in the United States.

deftones1. My Own Summer (Shove It)– The first track off the album and the lead single help kick things off. With it’s Nu-Metal swagger guitar riff and soft sung vocals from Chino during the verses help setup the big time in your face chorus in a track that is using summer to symbolize people who hide behind a facade because the sun burns your eyes meaning you can’t see the real them. 5/5

2. Lhabia– the track kicks right off where the first one left off in this driving guitar riff in a fun song that is just about a kid who just wants to get laid because he is bored. 5/5

3. Mascara-The song is very slow and very ominous in it’s tone and I love his vocals at times in this song because he channels Robert Smith of The Cure in this track. I think the song is about him accepting his loved one even with all of her faults that she may have. 5/5

4. Around The Fur– A Nu-Metal track through and through that is all about his dislike of vain people because they seem one way on the outside but they are dead on the inside. He uses a fur coat as a metaphor to describe this. 4.5/5

5. Rickets– Another Nu-Metal styled track with some sick bass playing from the late Chi Cheng in this track that is all about even though someone is pointing all your faults, you know they are just ignoring theirs. 4/5

deftones 26. Be Quite And Drive (Far Away)– My favorite track on the whole album that has been described as a nu-metal track laced with some shoegaze in it. The track is all about how the narrator lost a relationship and has been trying to replace that person, but it doesn’t work. 5/5

7. Lotion-An in your face track that is all about how Chino can;t stand girls that are so vain that they only care about their looks, etc. 4/5

8. Dai the Flu– A bass driven track that is leaning more in the alt-metal side of things that is about a girl who is in a relationship with this guy even though she doesn’t care about him, but she’s just “sleeping” the time away. 4.5/5

9. Headup-this is a track that was co-written with Max Cavalera of Soulfly about both of them grieving over the death of Dana Wells who was Max’s Stepson and Chino’s friend. 4.5/5

10. MX-The last track on the album and a very bad ass track to end the album with that I believe is a track that is all about S&M with the sound effects and the woman’s voice like he’s calling a sex hotline. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– A lot of critics believed that with this album that they could sense that whole it was a good one that the band was close to establishing who they actually were and that is very true with the next release. Still, this is definitely an amazing album from the band in my opinion that still sort of held on to the Nu-Metal sound. That is why I am giving the album 4.65 stars out of five for a final grade.

joy_division_unknown_pleasuresAt one time in my life, I was a die hard metal head who couldn’t possibly imagine listening to any other form of music. That was back when I was an ignorant 17/18 year old who didn’t realize that as you get older, your tastes for music definitely change. One of the changes in taste of music came when I discovered my love for late 70’s/80’s post punk music and that was also due to Chino Moreno of the Deftones who also influenced that move for me. If you have followed my Album of the Week posts then you know I have an eclectic taste in music and I like to expose that every now and again. Today is definitely one of those days when I decided to cover Unknown Pleasures by English Goth Rock/Post Punk legends Joy Division. The band was made up of the late Ian Curtis (Vocals), Bernard Sumner (Guitars/Keyboards), Peter Hook (Bass), and Stephen Morris (Drums). Upon it’s release in June of 1979, the band had only pressed about 10,000 copies with the first 5,000 selling in the first two weeks and the rest within the next six months. The album never charted while Ian Curtis was alive, but after his suicide it finally charted on the UK charts at number 71.

Joy-Division-Unknown-Pleasures-NZ-Label1.Disorder– The track starts off very upbeat with a cool bass line before the guitar picks up the tempo in a track that is about an artist who struggles to find meaning even though he is creative. 4.5/5

2. Day Of The Lords– a track that starts off with a slower tempo than the previous track, but I am blown away by the sound of the track. The music is very full and kind of has a Doors People Are Strange kind of feel to it at times. It seems to be about the atrocities of World War II lyrically. 5/5

3. Candidate– An eerie sounding, slow track that deals with the idea of corruption and the struggle a candidate has with it. 4.5/5

4. Insight– Some can say that the title of the track really does describe what the song is about. It’s one of those tracks that makes you sit there and say to yourself, what the hell have I been doing? It also could be about being faced with death and telling him you’re ready to go. The utilize the idea of throwing unique sound effects into this track as well. 5/5

5. New Dawn Fades– The track starts with a backwards playing of the last track before it goes and relies heavy on an kind of ying yang effect by Sumner and Hook (ascending guitar riff by Sumner/descending bass riff by Hook). 5/5

joy-division-unknown-pleasures-vinyl-record-clock-sleeve2-80s6. She’s Lost Control-Peter Hook’s bass line drives this song whose lyrics deal with a woman who has violent epileptic seizures. It could really be about Curtis who suffered from those in his life as well. 5/5

7. Shadowplay– a cool bass riff from Hook and some cymbal playing by Morris start the song off before the guitars take over with that post punk prototype guitar sound. I think the song is about a character who feels that is alone in the world and he doesn’t know how to change it. 5/5

8. Wilderness– A cool funky bass riff from Hook once again opens this track which is a stab at how organized religion has been a road block for society through out time. 4.5/5

9. Interzone– a very upbeat tempo and punk feel to the track which is a tribute or homage to the William S. Burroughs book Naked Lunch which deals with a setting set in the “Interzone”. 4.5/5

10. I Remember Nothing– The last track on this classic record that starts very slow and ominous at first with the ominous bass riffs. Ian Curtis once said, “Everyone’s living in their own little world. When I was 15 or 16 at school, I used to talk with my mates and we’d say: ‘As soon as we leave, we’ll be down in London, doing something nobody else is doing.’ Then I used to work in a factory, and I was really happy because I could daydream all day. All I had to do was push this wagon with cotton things in it up and down. But I didn’t have to think. I could think about the weekend, imagine what I was going to spend my money on, which LP I was going to buy… You can live in your own little world.” 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is an amazing collection of songs from a band that was just brilliant. The band would live on to form New Order, but there was a magic in the voice of Ian Curtis. One thing that I have always kept true to my heart is that no matter who passes away, we will always have their music to remember them by. This is one of their most definitive works, so go pick it up or listen to it on Spotify or whatever the hell you use. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.


MI0002401703Now that WrestleMania week is over, it’s time to get back into business here at Moshpits and Movies. Traditionally anytime I hold a competition, I always cover an album from the winning band for the Album Of The Week and I have been meaning to cover an album by today’s featured band. I am actually quite surprised that I have never covered an album from Sevendust before especially after 200 plus albums. Sevendust back in February won MusicBowl 51 over Godsmack so traditionally we have to cover one of their albums and I chose the band’s second studio album Home for this week’s album of the week. The band was made up of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums). The album was released on August 24, 1999 via TVT where it would peak at number 19 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at 16 on The Top Internet Album Charts and number 10 on the Top Independent Album Charts.

MI00027167821. Home– A big bass riff and those drop tuned guitar shreds open up the album in this track that seems to be about someone who is having a rough time at home which is supposed to be the safe place to be. 4/5

2. Denial– One of my favorite tracks on the album that fades in with a cool guitar riff, but when it kicks in it’s heavy as f*** and it grooves like no other. It seems to be about a guy and how he is sick of constantly opening up to a girl who refuses to do the same. My favorite part of the song is right when the 3 minute mark hits. 5/5

3. Headtrip– A very melodic intro starts the song that has a kick ass groove as soon as the music hits and it has a bad ass riff. 4.5/5

4. Insecure– A cool instrumental intro. 4/5

5. Reconnect– The last track leads right into this one which is all about how you feel that you’ve been a slave to all the BS and now you want to break free. 4/5

6. Waffle–  The track starts with a melodic riff before it kicks in with a sledgehammer like riff. It goes back to being melodic during the verses before hammering down with the choruses. The song seems to be about someone who is sick of the same old same old and is looking for something new. 5/5

home7. Rumble Fish– A sick hammering riff with groove kicks off this one about fighting against temptations that drag you down. 4.5/5

8. Licking Cream– A track on the album that features a cool bass riff during the verses and it features an English artist named Skin doing co-vocals. 4.5/5

9. Grasp– The song is about being friends with someone and when they are going through tough times, you go through it with them, but they’re always taking more and more of you. 4/5

10. Crumbled– An interesting intro to the song, but when it kicks off, it shifts into groove overdrive and it’s awesome. Hornsby shines on this track about no matter how many times you go down, you get back up. but if you don’t then you just crumble. 4.5/5

11. Feel So– A little bit of a hip hop groove in the beginning riff, but otherwise a cool track in a song about feeling hopeless. 4/5

12. Grasshopper– a quick intro of the band in the studio 2/5

13. Bender– A cool track to end the album that features Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive at the time). It’s heavy, it grooves, and it even caters to Moreno’s vocals as well. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– A kick ass album from a kick ass band that obviously avoided the sophomore jinx with this release. I have always held this band and Lajon in the higest regard because I am also a huge fan of Lajon’s vocals. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

goreJust as we did last week when we covered the album of the year for the album of the week, we are continuing it by cover the Rock album of the year as voted by you the fans. At the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards, the Deftones took him the rock album of the year award for their eight studio album Gore. The album featured the usual suspects in Chino Moreno (Vocals/Guitar), Stephen Carpenter (Guitars), Abe Cunningham (Drums), Sergio Vega (Bass), and Frank Delgado (Samples/Keyboard) and it was produced by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Parkway Drive) as well as the Deftones. When released, the album charted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 charts making it the highest charted album from the band since 2003’s self titled album and it was also their highest amount of albums sold in the first week (69,000) since 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist (76,000). It’s also the first Deftones record to hit number one in Australia and New Zealand.

img_20170215_0006_new1. Prayers/Triangles– The very first track on the album that kicks things off in the right direction. The song starts off very atmospheric especially with the guitars and the band lays it down during the chorus. I feel like the track is talking about someone who wakes up one day, but realizes that he is trapped inside this hell. 5/5

2. Acid Hologram– The track picks up right where the last left off with it’s post punk laced rhythms. The track could be talking about how he is trying to be close to someone and they push him away, but that will soon change. 4.5/5

3.  Doomed User– This is more of a traditional sounding Deftones track with the big bass riff and the in your face groove laden guitar track and amazing vocals from Moreno. 4/5

4. Geometric Headdress– The experimental side of Deftones is alive in this intense math rock track that tests Cunningham’s abilities to which he shines. 4.5/5

5. Hearts/Wires– starts off very space rock like thanks to the samples Delgado provides in the beginning. The track starts off more mellow than previous tracks, but don’t worry t has it’s moments of heaviness. It seems to be about some one is distraught over not being able to connect with someone who has passed or gone away. 5/5

6. Pittura Infamante– I believe the title itself means infamous painting, but I’m not sure that is what they are talking about here in this track. It seems to be a song about worshiping someone and the lengths we go to do so. 4.5/5

img_20170215_0007_new7. Xenon– Another track that has a little bit of a classic Deftones feel to the guitar track while have that New Wave flavor to it. Like Xenon which lives undetected, he is talking about being that thing inside you that makes you do what you do. 5/5

8. (L)MIRL– A track that takes you deeper into that world that Deftones are painting with the experimental elements. The song is definitely dark in nature as far as the gloomy guitar riff in the beginning and progresses with a cool metal guitar riff later on. 4/5

9. Gore– A real hard charging metal riff starts off the track that reminds us of what the band had accomplished on the last two records. 4/5

10. Phantom Bride– a pretty cool track on the album that features Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains providing the guitar solo. 4.5/5

11. Rubicon– The last song on the album that is a genuine riff fest for Carpenter and company, but an amazing way to close out the album. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– You can definitely tell that the band was heavily influenced by Moreno’s side projects as they’ve all adopted that atmospheric sound. I think it pushes the band forward as far as what they are capable of producing even though Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan are considered masterpieces. I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Lamb_of_God_-_VII_Sturm_und_DrangAs always, we are giving you two of everything with one in the rock division already down which leaves us with the metal division to go. One of the coolest metal albums released last year was Lamb Of God’s VII: Sturm und Drang. The album garnered tons of critical acclaim after it’s release and deservedly so. One of my personal favorite tracks from the album is the song Embers which featured Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno offering guest vocals to the track. The band has now unleashed a music video for the amazing song, but there is such a message to the track that was revealed by the bands guitarist Mark Morton. The guitarist talked to Noisey about the meaning behind the track in essay form. It’s a truly riveting story to read and that I can kind of relate to, but only to a certain extent (obviously, I’m not a professional musician). He talks about a time when he and his wife had lost their first child and how it affected him so much. Check out the story below:

Mark-Morton“Six weeks after I handed my dead daughter over to a nurse, I found myself walking on to the stage at Madison Square Garden to ‘entertain’ people. I was by no means ready to re-enter that world, but the music industry is vicious and unforgiving… and somehow, there I was.One doesn’t ‘heal’ from the loss of a child. You don’t ever “get over it,” but time passes. New experiences put a sort of distance between what is now and what was then. Still, the trauma of child loss leaves deep scars. Wounded people isolate themselves for protection. People in pain lash out in fear. Resentments and regrets fester. It becomes seemingly impossible to navigate a conflict that has an endless array of wrong answers but no apparent right ones. People you expected to be there for you disappear. People you barely even know hold you up. Relationships strain and crack under this type of pressure. Grief changes people.I described our shared pain and made references to places and events that only she would understand and recognize. I promised her that there was ‘still light to find our way.’ I hoped I was right.A year after Madalyn died, my wife and I were blessed with a healthy, living baby girl. She is the light of both of our lives. A light to find our way.”

To read more of the essay, please click here. Otherwise, check out the video below:

I am such a huge fan of what The Cure has done in their career for the music world because they’ve brought so much beauty from the dark with their instruments. I like to believe that the Deftones are a band that does a little of the same, but for this day and age. A couple of weeks ago, the band released their latest disc Gore and that is why I chose them for this week’s cover of the week. Back in 2004, for a series called MTV Icon, the band paid tribute to the legendary English group by performing the track If Only Tonight We Could Sleep which was off of The Cure’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me album. The track was taken from the special and it was included on the B-Sides and Rarities disc that the Deftones put out in 2005. The first part of the song is all instrumental and it sounds incredible and Chino Moreno does an amazing job vocally with the track as he channels his best Robert Smith vocals. The song also includes Chi Cheng on the track and it’s kind of sad listening knowing that he’s no longer here, but at least we have these recordings to remember him by. Check it out below:

koi no yokanFor this week’s album of the week, I turned to former Nu Metal giants Deftones for some inspiration. I said former Nu Metal because the band quickly dropped the style and really came into their own with a unique style that is there own. The album we are covering for you guys is the band’s seventh album Koi No Yokan (which is Japanese for premonition of love). The album featured Chino Moreno (Vocals, Guitar), Abe Cunningham (Drums), Stephen Carpenter (Guitar), Frank Delgado (Keyboards, Samples), and Sergio Vega (Bass). When the album was released, it sold 65,000 copies in it’s first week of release landing it at number 11 on The Billboard Charts which is where it peaked. To date, the album has only sold over 200,000 copies in the US, but it peaked at Number five on the US Rock Albums and US Alternative charts while peaking at number two on the US Hard Rock charts. According to Wikipedia, the band recorded their album differently than their previous albums because they used, “Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx preamp/effects processor, which creates the sound of multiple outboard amps and pedals and allowed for different tones.” Koi No Yokan has also been described as having elements of Alt-Metal mixed with Dream Pop, Shoegazing, Alt-Rock, and metal in its writing.

koi no yokan back1. Swerve City– An amazing way to start an album when you go loud and intense combined with some strong lyrics. The lyrics talk about a woman who tames her horses (Men) so essentially it’s about a woman who is beautiful and uses it to her advantage. 4.5/5

2. Romantic Dreams– The song has a really great sound to it that showcases how far the band has come. The only thing that I wonder is if this song is a prequel to the White Pony track Digital Bath only because it seems that it’s about someone who is obsessed with a female that just mesmerizes him. 4.5/5

3. Leathers– This was the first single released off the album when it was offered as a free download. The song starts off very dream like before it explodes into a massive wall of sound and passion. I love the lyrics to the track because it’s basically telling you to be you (be strong like leather). 5/5

4. Poltergeist– I like the sampling in the beginning from Delgado, but man the band comes in with a cool rumble of the guitars. The track is called Poltergeist which is an entity that plays sick and cruel games out of pure enjoyment, but I don’t think that is what he is talking about exactly here. It’s more about a woman who plays games out of pure enjoyment. 4.5/5

5. Entombed– I’m not 100% positive about the lyrics of the track, but I think it’s about Chi who was in a coma at the time of recording. R.I.P. Chi Cheng 5/5

6. Graphic Nature– A quality track whose lyrics touch on a subject of a person creating a persona that is deceptive to others and himself. 4/5

koi no yokan CD7. Tempest– a track that starts slow and it has a nice build up and then when it happens the band comes in and it’s an explosion of sound that rumbles the earth and is just intoxicating. This is by far one of my favorite tracks on the record that deals with the end of the world. 5/5

8. Gauze– This track has a bombastic sound (if that makes sense) and I say that because it’s the best I can describe it. It has a driving sound during certain parts and the melodies during the chorus is pure bliss because I am a huge fan of Moreno’s vocals. 5/5

9. Rosemary– a track that starts off very slow and with a cool melody before a driving bass line comes in and helps. Then out of nowhere a sick metal riff comes in and drives the song forward in a track whose lyrics deal with time travel. 4.5/5

10. Goon Squad– Another track that starts off in the dreamlike state before it wakes up and gets loud the way we like it. The lyrics look like they deal with the band itself and how they are improving all the time. 4/5

11. What Happened To You?– An alt-rock flavored track that officially closes out the album. Some fans believe the track is about Chi, but I don’t think so cause it could be about relationships. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The Deftones are one of those bands that every time they release an album, you can’t help but think that they are getting better and better. I thought the band couldn’t do any better than Diamond Eyes, but I was wrong when I heard this one. They are definitely one of those bands that I am glad that they distanced themselves from the Nu-Metal scene cause they were so much better than that. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.