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Rank & File – Deftones

Ever sit back and look at your record collection of a favorite artist and consider which albums are the best? So do we! Rank & File is our way of telling you which albums are great and which ones are garbage (at least in our opinion). There are really no correct answers here, it’s all just a matter of taste, but inevitably, there will be parts of the list that you will completely disagree with, so make sure to let us know how you would rank the albums. Of course, when compiling a ranking system such as this, there have to be some guidelines in place. For Rank & File, they are:

  • No E.P.’s (with rare exception)
  • No Singles
  • No live albums
  • No remix albums
  • If an artists discography is huge (i.e. Rolling Stones, Prince) only the top 5 will make the cut.



Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve met one person that doesn’t at least appreciate the Deftones. They are one of the few bands around that seems to garner fairly universal approval. The use of dynamics by the band, the blistering live shows…..whatever the hell Chino is always singing about….there really is something for everyone. If you’re not familiar with them, check out the playlists of my favorite songs with each album. You may be surprised and find something you really love!


5. Adrenaline (1995):

It was a difficult choice for the number 5 spot on this list, but Adrenaline won out. This album always reminds me of being a kid and playing music with my friends. Our band was never especially good, but I was listening to this record a bunch when we were playing together, so it brings back fond memories of hanging out with old friends. Also, it’s kind of cool to listen back on this record and realize that it’s nearly 20 years old now. That makes me feel fucking old. I can’t imagine how the band feels.

Album Highlights:


4. Deftones (2003):

This album is the perfect combination of both the heavy and soft side of the Deftones’ sound. There are tracks that will tear your face off and really delicate and soft tracks. The balance between the two sounds that are found on this album is perfect, and probably the best balance found on any of their albums. The artwork with this record is fantastic too, coming back strong after the fairly subpar White Pony artwork. Honestly, I would’ve put this record a little higher on the list, but it’s always sounded a little muddy to me. Some of the songs loose their power because the mix just seems slightly off.

Album Highlights:


3. White Pony (2000):

I listen to certain albums and artists during certain seasons. I suppose some records just fit better with certain weather. Around The Fur is a summer record for me, but White Pony is a winter album. The band definitely took a more subtle approach this time around. All of the songs have such a cold feeling to them. It sounds (and feels) like a really depressing record. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really understood what Chino is singing about most of the time, but I can feel what he’s saying. Although White Pony is incredible, I admittedly had a hard time adjusting to the electronic flourishes and more depressive sound. Eventually though, I came around and really appreciate the record now for what it is.

Album Highlights:


2. Diamond Eyes (2010):

I feel like this is a “return to form” sort of album for the band. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the others, but like Around The Fur, this record fires on all cylinders from beginning to end. The title track kills it though. Only Steph could make such a simple riff sound so insanely heavy. The sound of the record is really great too. I’m not sure what they did differently with this album, but the entire thing just sounds so crisp and clean. It’s like they found the perfect mix on this one. I saw the band live for this record, and they sounded just as good live. It was fucking intense. They must’ve brought their own speaker stacks with em, cause that theater was so god damn loud! Diamond Eyes also continues the tradition of great album covers and artwork. Barn owls are awesome!

Album Highlights:


1. Around The Fur (1997):

This is one of those records that you can put on from beginning to end and never skip a track. There is something for everyone on this album. I saw the band tour behind this record and that’s probably why I love it so much. Around The Fur has a really cool vibe behind it too. It’s heavy as fuck, but there is a string of unity that runs throughout the entire thing. It’s a very comforting album to listen to, tailor made for hot summer days and hanging out with good friends. Unless you listen to “Lotion,” in which case, you may just want to fight someone. I played drums in a band back when this record came out, and I wanted to sound like Abe Cunningham so god damn bad, but I could never figure out his sound (or play like he did.) Also, “Headup” features Max Cavalera who was just starting Soulfly at the time. I imagine a lot of people discovered the Deftones through Cavalera, but for me it was the other way around. In that sense, Around The Fur helped me learn about more that just the Deftones.

Album Highlights:


Just Missed The Cut: B-Sides & Rarities (2005), Saturday Night Wrist (2006), Koi No Yokan (2012)

What do you think? How would you rate the Deftones albums? Let us know in the comment section below and make sure to follow Gutter Bubbles on Facebook and Twitter!

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I am absolutely and unabashedly in love with music. If I could eat a huge bowl of songs for breakfast every morning, I totally would. I'm obsessive about categorization (don't mess with my chronological or alphabetical) and can't stand an unorganized iTunes library. Outside of music and writing, I love baseball (go Rockies), coffee, corgi's and going on fun trips with my girlfriend!

  1. Todd Blakeman

    Same top file, different order.

    #5 Diamond Eyes
    #4 Around The Fur
    #3 Adrenaline
    #2 Deftones
    #1 White Pony

  2. Baron Von Parmeshaun

    #1 Koi No Yokan
    #2 Diamond Eyes
    #3 White Pony
    #4 Saturday Night Wrist
    #5 Around The Fur

    sorry, Deftones is a weak album with terrible samey production and Adrenaline has just been eclipsed by everything else.


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