DEFTONES | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

The Deftones never really fit nu-metal's dumb-thug stereotype, but because they had a long-standing relationship with Korn and occasionally shared a stage with Limp Bizkit, they were guilty by association. Time seems to have absolved them: over the last decade they've displayed enough artistic vision to earn some cred and a fan base that extends beyond black-clad teens. The "experimental alternative rock band" description in their Wikipedia entry might be a bit generous, but then again, how many Billboard-chart acts can you name that apply the Slint school of dynamics--sweeping, textural blasts of guitar followed by soft, dreamy quiet bits--to pop metal? Their fifth album, Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick), released last year, was their first without producer Terry Date; the guitars steamroll more than they bludgeon, but vocalist Chino Moreno is all over the place as always, switching from throat-shredding screams to heaving sighs to posthardcore crooning. Dir En Grey and Fall of Troy open. a 7 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212, sold out. A

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