Incubus, Deftones | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Thu., July 23, 6:15 p.m. 2015
Price: $25-$119.50
It’s too easy to lump Deftones in with the Limp Bizkits of the world—and it’s too bad when people do. Formed in the late 80s by dirtball high school stoners from Sacramento, the band did, like Limp Bizkit, find success during the nu-metal boom of the mid-90s, and sure, the members’ love of hip-hop similarly gave some of their early work a slight rap-rock flavor (collaborations with members of Soulfly and Korn also didn’t help). But as time went on and the influence of gothy new-wave acts like the Cure, Depeche Mode, and the Cocteau Twins began to bleed through, it became apparent that they operate on a higher plane. The band’s landmark LP, 2000’s White Pony, covered up any evidence of a nu-metal past and dove headfirst into heady, expansive, experimental heavy metal, and it’s a foundation they continue to build on. Deftones have since worked with musicians like maniac drummer Zach Hill of Death Grips and members of defunct metal band Isis, and bassist Sergio Vega of posthardcore band Quicksand replaced founding member Chi Cheng after a serious car accident forced Cheng to leave the band in 2008 (he died of complications in 2013). Their latest LP, 2012’s Koi No Yokan, piles soaring yet forlorn vocals, eerie synth ambience, and beautiful guitar leads on top of crushing, heavy rhythms. And Deftones are just the kind of band that’ll never stop releasing music—they’re currently putting finishing touches on their eighth studio full-length, the follow-up to Koi No Yokan. —Luca Cimarusti



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