The Guardian festival blog: Deftones review – bat screeches, unfettered aggro and posh moshing | Music

It’s possible that the Southbank Centre in London has never heard such a colossal roar as when Sacramento alt-metallers Deftones walk on stage at Robert Smith’s Meltdown. It’s also probably the first time that Chino Moreno’s baggy-trousered band have played in a concert hall where their fans are moshing in tiered boxes. But their widescreen distortion is made for the room’s crystalline sound system and, with their usual arena show shrunk to fit a more intimate stage, the sensation is of being inside an incredibly expensive, incredibly loud music video.

There’s no new album to promote since 2016’s Gore – their first since bassist Chi Cheng died in 2013. So tonight, instead, marks 18 years since the release of Deftones’ White Pony, their experimental left turn from their previous nu-metal thrash. They open with the sexy shred and ethereal static of that album’s Feiticeira and Digital Bath, reaching for epic…


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