2020 has been a year full of negatives, but the Deftones have been able to deliver a couple positives. On September 25th they released their newest album Ohms, and on December 11 they released their 20th anniversary deluxe edition of their album White Pony. White Pony was released in the summer of 2000 and was the album where the Deftones started expanding their sound. Their first two albums, Adrenaline and Around The Fur, were straight forward nu-metal albums that were on the heavier side. White Pony introduced more elements to the Deftones sound, that they have been evolving ever since. There were elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and even electronic music that got woven in with the crushing guitar riffs. I fell in love with this album when I first heard it. This deluxe edition contains a remix album dubbed Black Stallion, where each track from the album is remixed by a different artist.
I am going to go on a short tangent here, but it is a relevant memory given it’s a story about when I first got this album. I graduated High School in 2000 and I wanted my cousin Mike to attend. I love all my cousins, but I was always closest to him growing up, and always looked up to him. I was going to be spending the week after graduation with him down in Florida. While I was down there, I asked him to bring me to the mall on record release day, Tuesdays back then. I picked up an edition of the album that came in a solid red case and the first track on the album was “Feitceira.” Mike is no longer with us, and I know if he were here, he would get a kick out of what we’re doing here at The Buzz. Back to the review.
“Feitceira” got remixed by Clams Casino. The song starts out just like on the original but quickly drops down into a beat. This song really sets the tone of the record for me. There would be elements of the original song that will stay intact while others will get warped. DJ Shadow’s remix of “Digital Bath” gave me Erik B and Rakim vibes. The only song I have an issue with on this album is the Blanck Mass remix of “Elite.” This was easily the heaviest, most aggressive song on the original and I just did not feel the remix. I did not feel the same way about Salva’s remix of “Rx Queen.” I really enjoyed the mix between new and original elements in this song. Phantogram’s remix of “Street Carp” features remarkably interesting vocal harmonies that I really dug. The Robert Smith remix of “Teenager” is almost identical to the original. This is a good cover song. Purity Ring’s remix of “Knife Prty” has got to be one of the top two songs on this album. “Korea” remixed by Trevor Jackson was another big disappointment. Another crushing song that is rendered unrecognizable in its remixed form. This is followed by not only my favorite song on the original album, but also my favorite remix, the Maynard James Keenen collaboration “Passenger.” Mike Shinoda’s remix features a laid-back verse section that builds to a huge chorus section. This is easily the star of the album. The Tourist remix of “Change (In The House Of Flies)” bears little resemblance to the original, but I am not attached to the song so I’m ok with that. Squarepusher closes out the album with a remix of “Pink Maggit.” It is a good mix of new and original elements.
Overall, this is a real solid release, with only a couple of the remixes missing the mark for me. You will enjoy this release whether you are familiar with the Deftones or not. What was your favorite song off the original album? What was your favorite remix on the album? Let us know in the comments section below and keep checking out The Buzz.