Deftones — Top 15 Alternative Albums of This Decade
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:09:36
We countdown the best alternative albums of the past 10 years and explore the meaning of the genre...
The word "Alternative" has been passed down through multiple generations of music now, and it's continuously changed. In the most classic sense, we think of it as the Generation X grunge forbearers like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, and everybody else from the iconic Seattle scene. At the same time, Pixies were alternative, and they came from Boston—same thing with Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, both hailing from Los Angeles. Of course, we can't forget Melvins from Washington even though they sounded different from the general scene associated with their home state. Nowadays, what is alternative? Radio and the industry will tell you it's the folk pop we typically hear on "Alternative" stations. However, where are the guitars?
Truth be told, they haven't gone anywhere. Moreover, there have been some truly monumental "Alternative" albums this past decade—even this year. Most of these will even be widely regarded as classics someday. We wanted to highlight and countdown the Top 15 Alternative Albums of this Decade. They've got the hallmarks of the genre's timeless work, which we all still crank today. Some of these will be from quite recognizable names and others will be from people who still aren't afraid to keep a guitar handy when they're breaking the mold. The point is that Alternative music in the classic sense is stilling being made, and we wanted to spotlight that—even with some gems out this year! As a note, we are counting albums releases since June 2005 to keep in line with the exact decade.
2. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
In the past decade, Deftones have emerged stronger than ever. Their first three albums resonate throughout music culture without a pronounced impact that only widens with the years. Adrenaline and Around the Fur defined an era, transforming the disillusionment and darkness of late nineties America into a coarse, heavy, and strangely seductive fantasy. That vision became perfected on 2000's White Pony—one of the most important albums of this century. However, the past decade has proven equally creative and crucial for the California outfit: Chino Moreno [vocals, guitar], Stephen Carpenter [guitar], Abe Cunningham [drums], Sergio Vega [bass], and Frank Delgado [samples].
With the tragic passing of original bassist Chi Cheng, the band has pushed even harder to create, yielding not one but two in the span of only two years namely 2012's Koi No Yokan and 2010's Diamond Eyes. Koi No Yokan shares the same power, but Diamond Eyes ignited this Deftones renaissance, making it the definitive alternative statement here.
Watch the Music Video for "Diamond Eyes"
See the other artists and albums on our Top 15 Alternative Albums of This Decade feature!