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The Deftones are no strangers to Louisville. In fact, they make their way through our city at least once per year, and most recently on Friday, May 27th at Expo 5.

Also performing that night was Dillinger Escape Plan. I never offer any more coherent words on my review than the band has to offer during their set. That being said, I’ve only got 3 words for you: Obnoxious. Incomprehensible. Sketchy.

Now for those of you who’ve never seen a Deftones show before, you missed out on one of the most fervent live performers in metal music today. And, might I add, whose lyrics you can actually comprehend. For those of you who did catch them this past Friday, I’m sure your ears are still ringing from their raucous, nearly 3 hour performance. The sound was as loud as I’ve ever experienced it in Expo 5, and although rather intense, it was balanced almost perfect. The powerful guitar chords that are central to the Deftones sound ignited the jam-packed venue and fueled the audiences‘ intent to crowd surf and sustain what looked like a pretty chaotic slam-dance circle, something virtually every Deftones show never seems to go without.

Hardcore Deftones’ fans couldn’t have been more pleased as the band took their time playing through one hit song after another from a compilation of six albums going back to 1995. They played everything from “Engine #9” to “My Own Summer” to “Digital Bath” to “Change (In the House of Flies)” to “Minerva” – which brought the crowd singing in unison with lead vocalist Chino Moreno to – and “You’ve Seen The Butcher” just to name a few. The encore song came with “7 Words,” one more track from their debut platinum album Adrenaline.

Once the sound went null, the Deftones cleared the stage, and lights came on, the audience was a little reluctant to leave. I think some of them probably thought their was going to be yet another encore song, because believe it or not, their were still a few songs Deftones left on the table like “Around The Fur” and “Back To School.” But, hey, not many bands who perform as intensely as Deftones have the endurance to play 2+ hour sets, so we should cut them some slack, I suppose. Not to worry though, because between the Deftones’ substantial local fan-base, and local concert promoter Terry Harper, a Louisville hiatus is not likely to happen anytime soon. Bet on it.

Interview with Frank Delgado of Deftones on 5-27-2011

Photos by JasonAshcraft

** This review also posted at Louisville.com

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Multi-platinum and grammy award winning recording artist Deftones will make a tour stop in Louisville this Friday at Expo 5. Supporting Deftones on the bill is The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Butcherettes.

The Deftones, a post-grunge alt-metal band are one of the most emotionally charged musical acts to emerge since the 90‘s. And having been to many of their shows over the years I can contest that their live performances always deliver an ambitious set list deriving from an arsenal of six albums and multiple hit songs. And while it is hard to classify the Deftones to one particular genre, musically they are one of the only metal bands that have an ability to mix more or less pop-like choruses with intense percussion and fuzzy guitar rifts and power chords that are suggestive of their post-grunge roots.

As a band, the Deftones have a reputation for being a pretty close-knit group of guys, with original and founding members Chino Moreno (vocals), Stephen Carpenter (guitars), Chi Cheng (bass) & Abe Cunningham (percussion) all still part of the band. After making appearances on the band’s first two albums, Frank Delgado (turntables/keyboards) was officially added to the roster in 2000. However, in 2008 Chi Cheng was tragically involved in a serious car accident which has since left him in a minimally conscious state. A charity website has been setup to collect and raise money for Cheng’s medical expenses at www.oneloveforchi.com. The website also serves as a resource to keep up-to-date on his on-going recovery.

Sergio Vega (formerly of Quicksand) has since filled in on bass and has both played and recorded with the Deftones since 2009. Their latest studio album Diamond Eyes, was released in May 2010 on Warner Brothers Records. In April 2011 they released an LP called Covers, which contains their versions of everything from Lynyrd Skynnyrd’s “Simple Man” to The Car’s “Drive” to Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.”

** Check back here at LouisvilleScuttlebutt.com after the show to hear my interview with Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham.

Deftones / The Dillinger Escape Plan / Le Butcherettes
Friday, May 27th

Expo 5
2900 7th St.
7:30 pm
$25


Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Records

** This review will also be published at Louisville.com

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