Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist

10 Albums at 10: #10 Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist

Vulture Hound has been looking back at 10 albums which turn 10 years old in 2016. This week Phoebe Messenger looks at the final album in this years list, Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist.

It can be argued that the true brilliance of Saturday Night Wrist was lost to some. Whilst it may not have gained as much acclaim as the likes of White Pony, Deftones, Diamond Eyes or even this years Gore, it still cements the undeniable fact that Deftones have never failed to write a thoroughly solid album.

The first Deftones album I listened to was White Pony when I was eleven years old – I had just started out playing guitar (I’m still crap but hey ho). From there I found Saturday Night Wrist. These two albums alone changed my young outlook on music entirely.

Saturday Night Wrist never attempted to be a sequel to White Pony but instead, like every Deftones record, stood on it’s own. However, there were similarities such as the personal lyrical themes of songs surrounding frontman Chino Moreno’s drug use at the time. Take for example ‘Beware’, an interwoven warning to others about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

Punk influences are also dipped into on ‘Rapture’ and the would-be-memorable ‘Mein’, which is sadly washed out by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian on guest vocals. Elsewhere, ‘Cherry Waves’, is a rich and layered blend of low-key sensual guitar fuzz, a simple but intricately twisted bassline and that massive chorus.

The consistency of this album can be taken into admirable account, as it has since been revealed there were conflicts and communication issues between band members around this time. It’s been said this conflict stemmed the opening track ‘Hole In The Earth’. But it’s quite something to be able to channel heated frustrations into a pretty solid album.

Saturday Night Wrist should be seen as another (quiet) accomplishment for Deftones; rather than attempting to remake or better previous successes, it manages to stand on its own. The themes surrounding the album are dark and brooding which truly gives it the honest uniqueness it possess.

Perhaps you weren’t a fan at the time, but after ten years it’s time to dig out Saturday Night Wrist again and give it another go.

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