Sound — 10
Deftones have an amazing sound and band chemistry that allows them to create an extrodinarly different type of music, although if you were to class them in a genre, some words or phrases that may pop up are heavy metal, alternative metal and possibly rap metal to name a few. In Around The Fur, the sound is a little more heavy than the other albums, but they still have the touch of softness in exactly the right places, which makes for a good range of moods througout the album. If you have ever heard Chino Moreno sing, you'll agree that his voice is very unique and can be used in varied ways, ranging from the standard singing voice, screaming, rapping, and one of Chino's trademarks - the demon scream. He puts all these talents to great use throught the album and the type of singing he uses in each song creates fantastic texturing, on top of the already fantastic drum beats, clever and somewhat quirky bass lines, and the unique guitar riffs. The overall tempo of the song is slow and heavy to moderate - there's no fast speed metal type things in Around The Fur.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics by Chino fit perfectly with the style of music they play. Every word said, sung or screamed somehow works fantasticly with the moods from the instrumentals. The lyrics normally have a negative message behind them and usually about love lost and breaking up in relationships. One of the negative things about the album would have to be the lack of variety in the subjects of the lyrics. If you were to sit down and have a meaningful think about each of the words in the song, you'd have a pretty boring time.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is most definitely an album to buy if you're into Deftones, there's no arguing, you just have to go out and get it. If you like heavy, alternative, different style of metal, then you'll also be wanting this aswell. As I said before, there are no other artists that you can accuratly compare Deftones to. Although I have found that if you like bands like Tool, Incubus, System of a Down then you'll also enjoy this album, and I recommend you get it. The overall impression that the record displays is that the Deftones are an outstanding band. A few impressive songs are: My Own Summer, Around the Fur, Lotion, Headup and MX.