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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Nu Metal / Artist: Deftones / Audio CD released 1995-10-02 at Warner

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      10.02.2012 22:16

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      The essential debut release from alternative metal's pioneers

      Deftones' debut release, way back in 1995, most certainly set the groundwork for what has been a spectacular career so far. This first effort, released at the early dawn of the Nu-Metal scene, is a crunching, angry affair. Songs such as 'Bored' and 'Engine Number 9', still sound as hard-hitting as ever, over 15 years after first recorded. Admittedly the recording quality on the album isn't as polished as today's modern albums, but it gives the album a 'no-nonsense', rough and ready sound; as if the band recorded it in a garage, throwing themselves against the walls and tearing the fixings from the ceiling in rage. Its not all shouting and detuned riffage though, the 6-minute closer 'Fireal' shows they can take a song and progress it into a brooding epic, hinting at the sound they will eventually adopt in later albums. Overall, fans of the band, or anyone who followed the 'nu-metal' scene, should seriously considering giving this release pride of place in their CD collection

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      04.12.2001 02:55

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      Here we are .....humble beginnings! Who would have thought that this album would create a new era in metal, make five young men extremely rich and create so much of a phenomenon back in the good old days of 1995. This album contains some killer tracks even today, three albums later. The song 'Bored' is just amazing, how a song with a great yet simple chorus just gets everyone in the room moving. The rest of the album, like the start is just brilliant, other stand-out tracks include 'Nosebleed' and the raw carnage that is '7 Words'. If you're new to the Deftones then this is certainly a good place to start and it must be said that even existing fans should own this. The title is certainly very appropriate and this really does contain 'Adrenaline'. This is why they are where they are today. You need this, this is the history of metal, and the Deftones are the future.

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      24.10.2001 01:20
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      Now, my title up there is somewhat misleading. Sure, the Deftones became huge with the success of both their 'Around The Fur' and 'White Pony' albums, and this too is most definately a brilliant, not quite classic, album. Compared to the way their more reacent songs are, everything on Adrenaline is very heavy, dark and most definately moody. It is in creating an atmosphere that the Deftones not only excell everyone else, but they surpass themselves. From the opening to Bored, the first song on the album and the breakthrough single for the band, you will be in the knowledge that this is certainly something special, and that this band are trying to do something different at least. The monumental riff and ambigiuos (and often meaningless) seemingly-tired vocals work superbly together and create somethign althogether dark and disturbing. The very same applies to all the other songs on this album, and indeed, all of the Deftones' songs in general. One thing I absolutely love about this track is the way that the first 3 or so minutes are fairly monotomous, with each chorus and verse gradually builing up, then seeing an explosion in sound, leading to a fantastic finale which is backed up by Chino's trademark screaming. It is for all those reasons that Bored is one of my favourite songs, and not just one of my favourite songs off this album. Superb. Unfortunately, this album isn't as good as it shoule, which is mostly due to the fact that many of songs sound fairly simmilar, if only in structure. Not to say they are bad, because they aren't, they just don't particularly stand out in the crowd. The next stand out track would have to be Nosebleed, the fourth on the album. Filled with hate and anger, putting across emotion brilliantly in a simple riff and simple drumming to back that up. Hard to put into words exactly what makes this track special, but all those who have ever witnessed it li
      ve will have seen the pure energy that firstly goes into it, and secondly that comes out of it. Then we have a few more of the songs that are most certainly good, very good in the case of track 6, Root, but nothing special by the very very high standards that the Deftones set themselves even this early in their carears. Then track 7 throws up an unexpected surprise. From the 'bouncy' duel bass and guitar intro you get the impression that this is different, and not just from the other songs around it, but to everything. Welcome to 7 Words. The spoken word verses add that certain 'something' that is the Deftones magic, which became apparent in their later albums even more so. Then it absolutely launches itself in the first chorus. These are not happy bunnies. Once again, it is the anger and hatred that comes through in the music, that many a band have tried to capture but none succeed to any stand that comes anywhere near this. In my opinion, that is mostly because it isn't just about making the most noise possible, no, something more goes into this... Then the last 3 songs of the album come to be a little bit of a let down, but I suppose we can let them off on that account seeing as this is such an amazingly hard-hitting debut album that 6 years on, I can still take it off the shelf and totally love it. However, those last 3 songs do include track 9, titled Engine No. 9. A fantastic track, and a real live favourite among all the older fans, a real treat to see a live performance of this. As before, it's all about the controlled anger and the great riffs. A sign of what things were to come from such a great band...

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        08.10.2001 21:17
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        out with the old metal in with the nu-metal. adrenalin is the album everyone should have. right from the first song you know your in for something special. this album uses simplicity as a way of brilliance. taking a few simple rock riffs adding a drum loop or two and a singer who can reach notes no one else can they have produced easily my favourite album of all time. starting off with the song "bored" the song that got deftones known in the first place sets the scene for what to expect out of the rest of the album. it is known for people to not give deftones the chance they deserve but if you listen to the album a couple of times i can assure you the album will grow on you. i only wish deftones would go back to this style of music as it is by far my favourite lately they have been lacking the rock edge they once had. go out and get this album you wont be dissappointed and if then you disagree with me tell me why

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          12.01.2001 01:33
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          Yes, this was the release that made the history of the Deftones career in the book. One of their strongest titles, when Adrenaline was released Deftones record sales skyrocket through the roof. This is Deftones highlight record, and now with their new CD release “White Pony”. Deftones popularity in the music business has skyrocketed. They deserve every bit of their success. And they are all for their fans, while creating tight lyrics and sweet beats. Once you listen to this Deftones record, adrenaline will be rushing through your veins. I was at a local used cd store and I came across the band Deftones. This was about 3 years ago. I can very well remember the day I bought my first CD by them. The title of it was Adrenaline and after I listened to the first track I knew this band was something more. They are unlike any other band out there. Deftones’ lyrics are nothing but normal. And the lead singer Chino can sure let his voice synthesize and flow intricately with the beats of their music. Nothing ever experienced before. When you think of the Deftones you think of a band so unique it cannot be expressed in words how they relate to other band’s musical style. They invented their own musical style, unlike anything we have ever heard from the bands of today. The Deftones love writing and performing their music. It is a passion that is found within all of their souls. I can very well say that music is their life, and they want to share it with us. To see a band that actually loves music and turns it into more than just money and fame, and has earned respect from so many people is not a band you experience everyday. Luckily, out of that handful, there are a few gems that are in a defining way, genuine. Yes, this is one hundred percent what I am talking about if you catch the flow. If you have ever experienced the Deftones live in concert you defiantly know what I am talking about. When you see Deftones perform a song,
          they really get into the music and the fans do the same exact thing. Chino puts all his soul in all the words he says. Occasionally he will hand the mic over to a fan and they will both sing the lyrics. Now this is true passion. They started with a bass, lead, and drummer. Playing the beats in a garage, in a small suburb life. They stuck together knowing what they had and what they wanted. And they defiantly got just that. Their music goes deeper than the skin, but to another world. If you want to experience a fraction of it proceed. If not, then step back and leave room for others that do. A Few Favorite Tracks Bored (Track 1) If you look at this song in a variety of perspectives it could mean a lot of different things. When I hear it, it reminds me of an existence upon a higher level. Nothing that could ever be experience in the eyes of a normal human being, but in the eyes of something else we will never know of. One Weak (Track 3) This is one of the best songs off the Adrenaline record. There are excellent guitar chords and Chino is really expressing himself in this song. I think this song was written by a past experience of some relationship gone bad, because the lyrics fit perfectly together to form a one of a kind song. Nosebleed (Track 4) This is a great track off the record Adrenaline. Incorporated in it are very loud guitar, bass, and drums. Do not be afraid to get into the song. This is what I find myself doing after running through the first 15 seconds of this song. This is one of Deftones’ best right here. Birthmark (Track 8) A self-obsession over an old girlfriend. This song is dealing with this concept. “Whole cherished by two its whole.” The lyrics express a lot if you listen to all the words of the song. You will always love her, but you will always lie. No changing in this song. It talks about how a self-obsession can ruin a life. Becoming an unhealthy obsess
          ion, ripping the pages of a life story out in a matter of seconds. Engine No. 9 (Track 9) This is one of the very creative songs written by the Deftones. The guitar and bass are excellent, nothing like I have ever heard before. Chino perfects his singing style by clashing rap/rock lyrics into one song. There is a mix of just about every type of musical style dropped into this song. Well thought out and performed. There lyrics are like nothing you have ever heard before. Each word means something in its own way. The way Chino expresses himself through the words is indescribable. It is like he is almost talking at you rather than to you. On the record Adrenaline not 2 tracks sound the same. Every song has its individual characteristics, which nothing can top. These lyrical notes are out to tell you something clearly expressed in Deftones music. Pop in the CD, and let your thoughts ponder. You will thoroughly be startled and moved all at the same time. In high school was the time I started listening to the Deftones. Their music helped me get through some of the lowest experiences in high school. All I needed was my Deftones CD, and myself. These two things would make me the happiest person in the world. I would listen to Deftones hours and hours all day long. As I would absorb every word that Chino spoke. It gave me a totally different outlook on life, and how I plan to live my life. New spiritual awakenings I found clearly embedded in my future. And yes, I still love Deftones. If you happen to be a Deftones fan you OWN this CD. If you are a Deftones fan, and do not have this CD then you never was a fan. This CD was a masterpiece by the Deftones, and needs more recognition in the future just for that simple fact. This is Deftones at their very best. If you do not have this CD, you have not experienced the true flavor of the Deftones. They have a passion for life, music, and their fans. A combination that can never be overwri
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            23.12.2000 01:01

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            Of all the albums that have been put out in recent years by bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, and others, this may be the finest. Not to put down anything by those other artists, but Adrenaline is a masterpiece of loud, emotional, and powerful music. The tracks on this album combine hard power cords, drifting vocals, some good old fashioned screaming, and some tasty guitar work to create a sound unique to the Deftones. Put out at the time rap/metal was making its appearance on the music scene, this album helped to set the tone for the coming years. Actually, Korn's new album, Issues, has many similarities to Adrenaline. Adrenaline is shot through with pleasing melodies, something that does not often accompany albums in this genre. With songs like Root, Lifter, One Weak, and others, the Deftones established themselves as significant players in the hard rock/metal scene. Unfortunately, they have only put out one record since - their newest, The White Pony is due out May 2000 - and because of their unassuming presence on the scene, they are surely not given the credit they deserve for their outstanding work. If you like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, or any other bands similar to those, the Deftones's Adrenaline is a must listen.

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            08.12.2000 15:00
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            Released in '95 through maverick (madonna's label) their first album established them as one of the most inventive bands of the 90's and it is just under 50 minutes of powerful, melodic and energetic music. They naturally fuse together a whole range of styles and influences in a kind of blend between the feel of hip hop, the heaviness of metal and the energy of punk. I've heard comparisons between other bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit and although so far these bands have had more commercial success The Deftones benifit from not having any hype, they do what they do well. To compare this band to anybody is not doing them justice because what they have here is unique. At first listen the album isn't immediatly accessable but with persaverance it completely opens up to see the genius in it. Chino Moreno's vocals are like nobody else, he's developed his own style and can perfectly combine heavy to mellow, soothing melodies backed by awesome down-tuned guitar and bass riffs.

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            14.11.2000 01:01
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            The debut album from deftones should not b underestimated. Yes Around the Fur is a classic but so is this. The run from tracks 5 to 9 is incredible. some of the most moshable songs ever. How can you ignore the bass crunch at the beginning of root? the evil "squeal like a pig" in 7 words, the incredible ending to birthmark or the pure moshing genius that is engine #9. Beautiful. Abe Cunnigham is an excellent drummer and Chino a great vocalist. Taking influences from the smiths and duran duran to metallica(a cover of her name was rio isnt here though thank goodness) deftones show an art that is uncommon in most metal bands. Chino Moreno was quoted with saying that he "got happy off being depressed" and this is evident. the lyrics seem depressing as well as the way they are sung but yet seem uplifting. We love the deftones. I love this album. even the thing on the cover. Chi Cheng rules.

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              08.07.2000 02:58
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              The deftones debut is an excellent rock album. The Deftones make metal exciting, emotional, melodic and powerful. I prefer their second and third albums but this one is superb too! Chino can switch from screaming to singing in a split second, his voice is amazing and somehow soothing. The lyrics are haunting and almost poetic. Stephen Carpeters guitar work is heavy and cool. It is easy to see how the attained a massive fan base from this record. 'Bored' and '7 Words' are stomping tracks, and they will get you moving no matter how early it is. If I were you I'd get this now! But I'm not so you'll have to get it yourself.

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              22.06.2000 08:50
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              When the Deftones released their debut, it seemed that no one but Madonna (who signed them to her Maverick label) had cared. It was only until, the classic first single 'Bored' was released that the band starting getting attention in Europe, and then later back home in the US. The Deftones aren't an easy band to get into, and part of that is appealing as this is a rare rough record. The lyrics (in the usual Chino - vocalist) style, make no sense; but it's his delivery that pulls it off so smoothly. The riff work is magical or sprawling, it's all dirty but epic. It sounds like it was recorded quickly, and it probably was. It's sloppy and spontaneous, and contains a surreal genius that not even the band are aware of. I doubt they can top this difficult debut, as it's such a gem - but you'll have to listen to it in the right mood, and not be put off by noisy slabs of noise and screaming. This is agony art in a rare pearl. Buy it! Don't find it as easy to swallow as their further 2 (to date) releases.

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              22.06.2000 02:28

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              The debut album from the Deftones, this is a very rough piece. Not an immediate cd in any sense of the word, be prepared to have to struggle to get anything out of it. There are a few good tracks on it, but to be honest, I found it too hard to get into and didn't persevere. I'm glad that somebody did though, as they managed to get another album out and that was much better. But where are my manners? If you don't know who the Deftones are, let my describe their music. They mix the kind of screaming found on the early Korn albums with a very heavy guitar sound. The Vocalist (Chino Moreno) isn't limited to this though. He also shows the finer points of his voice by managing to twist it into haunting melodies. But back to this cd. If you want to get a Deftones album, buy Around the Fur (or maybe their recent release, although I haven't heard this). If you really like it, consider getting this too. But only big fans need apply.

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 Bored
            2 Minus Blindfold
            3 One Weak
            4 Nosebleed
            5 Lifter
            6 Root
            7 7 Words
            8 Birthmark
            9 Engine No 9
            10 Fireal