The year 2000 was, simply put, one of the most pivotally important ones in modern music history. Several albums released that year are rightfully considered among the most important in the last 20 years of music – Hybrid Theory, Kid A, Relationship Of Command, and Deftones’ White Pony were just a few of the year’s best. White Pony, in particular, is bestowed a certain unquestionable presence in the pantheon of alternative metal, transcending nu-metal completely.
Why is the album so celebrated, though? A multitude of factors come into play here, but White Pony is an important album because of the scene it transcended – it’s a bold departure from their previous work that could have easily flopped.
Though their recordings are few and far between, Architects are known for their striking and different takes on bands they cover. Their cover of Thrice’s “Of Dust And Nations” was an interesting departure, honoring the original faithfully, so with the news that they just covered Deftones’ “Change (In The House Of Flies)”, the huge single off that band’s White Pony album, it’s unsurprising that they’d tackle it.
It’s even less surprising how great the cover sounds, with a symphonic, plodding post-metal sound that Architects would do well to explore a bit more. Sam Carter’s soaring voice sells the brilliance with depth and sincerity. The cover arrives courtesy courtesy of their Spotify singles series, which also includes a longer version of “Death Is Not Defeat”.
While it’s been almost 3 years since their most recent album Gore was released, fans of the alt-metal veterans won’t have to wait too long for new music. Having just headlined their own Dia De Los Deftones festival in San Diego in November, the band has officially confirmed they’ll be releasing new music in 2019.
While we have little idea what the record will sound like, fans can likely expect some progression from Gore, as well as their sound overall. While Gore certainly wasn’t the best-received Deftones album to date, there are plenty of great tracks on the record – especially “Doomed User”, the emotive and post-rock influenced “Hearts/Wires”, and “Phantom Bride”. Perhaps it’s worth revisiting again, as it’s an album that tends to grow on the listener.
Covering an iconic band like Deftones is, in a word, difficult. We’re talking a band that’s supremely influential in the pantheon of alternative metal and rock in the last 20+ years, with especially their records Around The Fur and White Pony being cited as cornerstones, and key influences on many modern bands.