Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 29, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Diamond Eyes

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

In 2008, while this metal act was working on its sixth full-length, a car crash put bassist Chi Cheng in a coma. (He remains in a minimally conscious state.) His bandmates sidelined those sessions and recorded this new album, Diamond Eyes, without him. The first third feels like primal-scream therapy, with frontman Chino Moreno howling himself even rawer than usual. More original are the quieter numbers that show off Deftones’ subtleties. B

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