Sound — 10
The word "triumph" is thrown around too often by reviewers, often describing an album or movie as a triumph when there in fact hasn't been a great deal of hardship that the band or director has overcome to produce their work, however, in the case of "Saturday Night Wrist", this album is nothing short of a triumph. After the massive rift in their relationship, deftones have still managed to produce a beautiful album that is equal parts aggressive and melodic, smothering any doubts the fans or the band themselves have had about their previous self titled album. A lot of bands have shown a distinct change in their sound recently, some being good, others being a huge disappointment, it was a huge relief to see Saturday Night Wrist revisiting a 'White Pony' sound with a huge success.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in this album are largely reflected from the conflicts the band have endured while making this album, the opening song/latest single "Hole In The Earth" serves as quite an appropriate opener, with lyrics such as "I hate all of my friends, they all attack sometimes," epitomises the albums influences of conflict. Chino has once again proven to his fans he still hasn't lost his amazing ability to harmonise his voice with the melodic choruses this album is packed with and has achieved the familiar chaotically heavy but relaxing qualities we've seen in recent albums, songs such as "Rats! Rats! Rats!" combine violent verses breaking into an ambient chorus, this style is also repeated in "Combat," tracks that will be guaranteed not to get boring for a very long time.
Overall Impression — 9
Fans who for whatever reason, where disappointed by Deftones self titled album are guaranteed to not be disappointed a second time, the sound of this album resembles more of the White Pony era and while perhaps just falling short of White Pony, is definitely worth a buy from anyone that appreciates an energetic but ambient and deep sound. This album gives the creeping feeling that it may be the last album we'll hear from Deftones for a long time due to their conflict causing them to quite while they are ahead. While some songs such as "Pink Cell Phone" with a concept that is difficult to understand may not be the most appealing. The song "Rapture" is a reminder of the aggressive genius that "Elite" held back on the "White Pony" album while songs such as "Beware The Water" and "Combat" are absolute masterpieces and shown that they where well worth the wait while they were being re-mixed.