5. More Bluesy Funk Metal Rhythms
Some of our favorite recent Deftones moments have been on songs like You’ve Seen The Butcher and Hearts/Wires, where drummer Abe Cunningham has gone a little funkier with his rhythms. That bluesy, bob-along drumming adds a lot of catchy structure to Deftones’ increasingly long-form and shimmery sound.
6. Unexpected Guests
Deftones certainly don’t need any guest appearances on their new album – they can certainly hold their own. But with that said, their music can be incredible fertile for guest vocalists (just listen to Maynard James Keenan's appearance on White Pony's Passenger). An appearance by someone like, say, Chelsea Wolfe could be cool, unexpected, and really, really powerful.
The past couple of Deftones albums have been huge and menacing in their own right, but overall, they’ve been extremely beautiful. Yet on a track like Acid Hologram, you can hear some real creepy, shadowy vibes brewing. What if the band took that to its full extent and gave us a truly eeevil Deftones track? Knowing the band, it wouldn’t be satanic or spooky, either, it’d be brimming with the type of psychological terror that gets deep into your bones… and we love that stuff.