Never content being lumped on any particular band wagon, Deftones second single Hexagram (from their eponymous 4th album) is perhaps a peculiar choice. Gone is the stadium sing along feel of Minerva, swapped for a much rawer, early Deftones sound.
A characteristic, lo-fi intro crashes into orchestrated riffage, complete with string backing for an epic style verse. Subsequently Abe Cunningham's battering snare beats signal the most hectic Deftones chorus heard for quite sometime. Chino wails away throughout as only he can, in places screaming so violently, you would think his own mother had just died. Lest we forget, this is a man with enough brutality in his voice to send every 'we-are-oh-so-emotionally-intense' emo band straight back to school.
In-house squabbling aside, Deftones are an astounding band who who continue to refine their sound, blending in an incomprehensible range of influences, to form their unique and much emulated brand of modern (but not nu-!) metal.