Deftones always stood head and shoulders above their nu metal peers, but even Chino Moreno's honorable ensemble lost its way at some point along the line, descending into a post-"White Pony" daze. Essentially, they plunged a little too far into "maturity" and lost the punch and spontaneity of their first three LPs.

Deftones always stood head and shoulders above their nu metal peers, but even Chino Moreno's honorable ensemble lost its way at some point along the line, descending into a post-"White Pony" daze. Essentially, they plunged a little too far into "maturity" and lost the punch and spontaneity of their first three LPs.

The accident that put bassist Chi Cheng in a coma in 2008 must have lit a fire under his bandmates. Recent offering "Diamond Eyes" doesn't match their highest heights, but it's a pleasant reminder that when they're hot, this band beautifully blends aggressive hardcore and skate punk sounds with the melancholy strains of Depeche Mode.

Also, the band will be signing autographs at Magnolia Thunderpussy from 2 -3 p.m. on the day of the show.