Written By Braddon S. Williams


Deftones released their self-titled 4th album in 2003 and it became my favorite release of theirs. Both the band and the album are bursting with creativity, and this one featured a lot of diversity in styles. They put out a video for the first single, Minerva, and it is probably my favorite song they have ever recorded, somehow both crushingly heavy and heartbreakingly beautiful at the same time. Chino Moreno has such a unique voice and uses it like a chameleon to fit whatever atmosphere Deftones have conjured up for any genre they are currently infiltrating. They boldly tackle shoegaze and trip hop to add to their arsenal and it makes for a fantastic sounding album. This was the last one that Terry Date produced for them and it is an amazing feast for the ears. Some of the other songs I like a lot are Hexagram, Lucky You, Anniversary Of An Uninteresting Event, Deathblow, and Battle-Axe. Deftones are sometimes critized for taking too long to write, produce, and release new material, but the results speak for themselves. Quality over quantity, and Deftones are certainly quality every time.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

On this date in history, 9/10/2006, Deer Creek hosted the Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir En Grey, 10 Years, Bury Your Dead, Deadsy, Bullets And Octane, and Walls Of Jericho.

Right away, Walls Of Jericho set the bar high, delivering a crushing opening set. Bullets And Octane were more of an old school hard rock band with a little punk spice. I enjoyed their set, too.

Deadsy featured Gregg Allman’s son, but I don’t think the offspring inherited much of the old man’s talent.

Bury Your Dead and 10 Years played good sets, but surprisingly it was the female fronted bands who got the biggest mosh pit action that day.

Walls Of Jericho were unmatched until Flyleaf took the stage, and although their music was nowhere near as fierce, the crowd had grown by their stage time, and the metal masses were hungry for action.

The pits made Flyleaf much more interesting to me than they would have been otherwise. Stone Sour, Deftones, and Korn all delivered killer sets and topped off a great day of sunshine, a little rain, and a lot of rocking!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/11/1996, Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN was the site of one of the best metal shows I have ever witnessed. Pantera, White Zombie, Deftones, and EyeHateGod combined to just decimate the outdoor venue in a true display of heavy music diversity.

4023790a397497b168b0db5a8bdff356After a crushing opening set by EyeHateGod that I heard more of than I actually saw, my friend and I finally found a patch of ground up in the lawn area and settled in for an amazing set of the atmospheric, sometimes claustrophobic euphoria that is Deftones’ specialty.


Chino Moreno has a voice unique in all of metal and the band utilizes this instrument to great effect, building cathedrals of sound around his emotive and eerie tones.

White Zombie came out and delivered the gargantuan horror rock spectacle that Rob Zombie has made his calling card throughout his brilliant career as both a rocker and director. I have a vivid memory of bass player Sean Yseult windmilling her green hair during a large portion of their show. e5d3589403b21bf8696da07d0a04ab0b--white-zombie-band-heavy-metal-rock.jpg

The previous year, White Zombie had released Astro Creep:2000, and their show featured a lot of that album. The highlight song remained “Thunder Kiss ’65” and it was a crushing finale to a monumentally entertaining set.

Zombie left the stage at 11 pm, the time that the venue’s curfew takes effect. The crowd went through a nervous period of waiting, but after a relatively quick set change, PanterA hit the stage with a vengeance, taking charge with a bare bones fury that was the perfect foil to White Zombie’s theatricality.

Pantera-630x420PanterA made their appearance to the prerecorded track of “Suicide Note, Pt. 1” and a back drop of huge marijuana leaves. From there it was relentlessly brutal groove metal from the band that defined that subgenre.

Phil Anselmo was in stellar voice and Dimebag Darrell claimed his crown as the greatest metal guitarist on the planet with incendiary leads and pummeling riffage. Whatever fine the band had to pay for going over the time limit that night was worth every penny.

Every person who was at that show knew that PanterA cared about our good time and they could have opted out, but they were there to play, and play they did. The neighbors probably weren’t too thrilled, but like they say, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old!”

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

imagesOn this date in history, 6/29/1999, I witnessed my second Ozzfest in the friendly confines of Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN. This one was one of the best lineups they ever had, in my humble opinion, featuring Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Slayer, Primus, Godsmack, System Of A Down, Apartment 26, all on the main stage, with Fear Factory, Static-X, Puya, Slipknot, Hed (Pe), Flashpoint, Pushmonkey, and Drain S.T.H. on the second stage. 88a04e3ef23045e4c5f262e8039b09df

For some unknown reason even to myself, I didn’t see any of the second stage bands that year, but I have heard from many sources that the first Indiana appearance of Slipknot was legendary. I know that Static-X and Fear Factory likely delivered crushing sets as well.

This was a concert of firsts for me. I saw System Of A Down, Godsmack, Slayer, and the mighty Black Sabbath for the first time at this show. I had seen Rob Zombie with White Zombie, but this was also the first time I saw him solo.

System Of A Down were up there doing what they do, and I was having a hard time wrapping my ears around it, having never properly heard them yet, but I started watching this guy who knew every word to every song and through his enthusiasm I caught their passion and became a fan instantly.

I went out and bought their debut cd the following day. Primus provided another first as they brought out Buckethead for an utterly mind blowing guitar solo segment during their performance. They also delighted the crowd by performing their self-penned theme song from the South Park tv show, creating a frenzied mosh pit that would have made Eric Cartman proud.

Speaking of frenzied mosh pits, Slayer came next and incinerated the playing field with their Slaytanic assault, melting faces and unleashing their legendary fury. I felt a little sorry for Deftones, who had to follow the blitzkrieg, but they are an amazing band in their own right, and they played great, as usual.

Rob Zombie put on a stunning visual overload type of show that he has made his career on, and proving beyond a doubt that he is one of the best metal headliners around. During “Thunder Kiss ’65”, Kerry King from Slayer joined Zombie on stage to deliver a ghoulish masterpiece.

imagesWhen Black Sabbath finally took the stage they opened with “War Pigs” and all the hair on my neck and arms literally stood up. I can’t begin to describe the glorious totality of that SOUND…Sabbath is like the slow moving lava cruising down the side of Mt. Doom, crushing all in its path in this infinitely compelling darkness. Without them, metal would have still been born one way or the other, but thankfully it WAS born with them, and this Ozzfest will always hold a special place in my heart. Sabbath and Slayer for the first time at the same concert? Yeah, that pretty much ruled!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic


On This Date in History