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Deftones in the 90s | Roundtable

Deftones in the 90s | Roundtable

August 31, 2021

By the early 90s metal music faced a crossroads - fixtures of the 70s and 80s influenced by Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin were less connecting less with a younger generation of fans whose exposure to the thrash of Metallica, the hardcore of Bad Brains, and a new wave of guitar gods like Vernon Reid of Living Colour and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. From their early years in high school through years of demoing and playing gigs in Southern California, the Deftones tapped into this wide variety of sounds, as well as new wave and post-punk, to craft a uniquely 90s take on metal. Thought dubbed nu-metal at the time on their 1995 debut album Adrenaline and 1997 follow-up Around The Fur, both with producer Terry Date, their sound continued to expand in the 2000s, incorporating shoegaze, space rock, and more. We revisit their 1990s output to trace the beginnings of one of the most interesting and influential alternative metal bands of the past twenty years.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - My Own Summer (Shove It) from Around The Fur

20:11 - 7 Words from Adrenaline

35:23 - Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) from Around The fur

42:28 - The Chauffeur (Duran Duran cover)

Outro - Bored from Adrenalin

 

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Ned’s Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal? | Album Review

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal? | Album Review

August 24, 2021

Few names evoke the 90s like Ned's Atomic Dustbin. It doesn't hurt that the band also sported an unusual line-up of two bass players that made full use of the sonic range - one carrying the low end and the other mid-range riffs ala Peter Hook of New Order. It gave The Neds something extra to play with, and on 1992's Are You Normal? the band shed their punkier, less polished debut sound for a rhythmic, bouncy follow-up effort. While the rhythm section carries a large amount of songs, if gives the guitar room to roam, from metalish funk riffs to blissed out delays. On the stronger material, it gels nicely, but the album takes time to find its footing, with a back-half that shows more range and depth that keeps us from loving the whole.

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Suave And Suffocated

29:42 - Walking Through Syrup

40:30 - Not Sleeping Around

57:03 - Intact

Outro - Swallowing Air

 

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Wicker Man - Wicker Man | Album Review

Wicker Man - Wicker Man | Album Review

August 17, 2021

Chicago had a reputation for producing some of the notable heavier bands of the 1990s, including Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins, The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. You can now add Wicker Man to that list. Not familiar with the band Wicker Man, you say? We're here to help, thanks to one of our knowledgeable Patreon patrons. The band managed just one full-length, their 1995 self-titled debut for Hollywood Records, and it's both hard and easy to understand why the band is all but forgotten. The quality and craftsmanship is clear, heavy riffs that touch on power metal, stoner rock, post-hardcore, and more that could satisfy a wide variety of metal fans. But looking back on 1995, it's also easy to see how the band was out of step with the emerging nu metal and industrial scenes, which makes rediscovering the band all the sweeter.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - You Annoy Me

19:26 - Party Grrrl

26:56 - Don't Believe A Word

29:58 - Hey Hey Hey

39:47 - Brainfreeze

Outro - Sugarfoot

 

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Rusty - Fluke | Album Review

Rusty - Fluke | Album Review

August 10, 2021

Rusty's 1995 debut album Fluke pulls off a neat trick, sound both of the times and yet somehow ticking the boxes of previous generations. There is the swampy garage blues of "Warning" that Royal Trux or Beck would appreciate as much as ZZ Top of Rory Gallagher. There is a blast of hardcore-ish punk on the aptly titled "Punk" and nods from everyone to the Stooges, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. and The Replacements across the record. Separated, the guitars might sound too gnarly or the drums to lo-fi, but the overall combination mostly finds the sweet spot.

 

Song In This Episode:

Intro - Groovy Dead

13:22 - Misogyny

18:07 - K.D. Lang

19:52 - Warning

23:50 - Punk

Outro - California

 

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Collective Soul - Disciplined Breakdown | Album Review

Collective Soul - Disciplined Breakdown | Album Review

August 3, 2021

Best known for their string of mid-90s hit singles that smoothed off the harder edges of what we once called alternative rock, Collective Soul returned in 1997 under difficult circumstances with Disciplined Breakdown. A legal battle with their ex-manager lead to a canceled tour and recording the record on their own. Thanks to Ed Roland's tenured history as a musician and songwriter, the band barely misses a step combining pop-friendly melodies with rock arrangements and sounds, even taking some unexpected detours that work ("Link") and don't work ("Full Circle").

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Precious Declaration

25:02 - Disciplined Breakdown

34:51 - Link

40:18 - Crowded Head

Outro - Listen

 

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