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Saturday Night Wrist

Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2006 Ratings: #166 / 729
User Score
2006 Ratings: #47
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Alternative Press

Saturday Night Wrist proves yet again that Deftones have a corner on the transcendental-metal market.

90
Drowned in Sound

If you’ve even the slightest interest in ‘heavy’ music, you simply must make Saturday Night Wrist an integral part of your record collection.

83
A.V. Club
The album is mostly a heady, atmospheric, willfully too-difficult-for-radio wash of sound that, save for a handful of tracks, stretches out and explores Deftones' creative limits more than ever before.
80
The Skinny
Deftones are a band at the very height of their powers.
80
Blabbermouth.net
On "Saturday Night Wrist", the distinctive DEFTONES sound is still there β€” and still remains a decidedly acquired taste β€” but the sense of eclecticism and experimentation is back, as well as a newfound energy.
80
NOW Magazine

Wrist is yet another excellent record from mainstream hard rock’s only real hope.

75
Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Wrist boasts some of the Deftones’ best out-and-out metal tunes to date.
70
Rolling Stone
The songwriting never quite comes together, but this is a metal record that gets by as much on sonic tricks as monster riffs.
70
NME
['Wrist'] sees [Deftones] continue to explore that hazy hinterland, where The Smiths' sensitivity and Sepultura's sledgehammer riffs overlap.
70
AllMusic

Ultimately, Saturday Night Wrist is satisfying, though it may take a few listens given all the changes in individual cuts that tend to blur together the first time or two through.

70
PopMatters

Their most well-rounded, focused record yet, one that comes scarily close to besting White Pony while heading in a slightly different direction at the same time.

61
Coke Machine Glow

Saturday Night Wrist continues the Deftones’ sad trend, another album of scattered transcendent moments in a field of attention-getting parlour tricks, still eagerly tugging at the listener’s sleeve to say, “Listen to this sound we created!”

60
SPIN

It's a sideways step in the right direction.

60
Uncut
A record that feels massive without tipping into bombast.
40
Q Magazine

There's little of the fire and invention that characterised 2000's White Pony.

ibrokemylefttoe
100

I wore a glow in the dark bracelet on Saturday night. But quickly I grew tired of just seeing it there and bit straight into it.
The taste was exquisite: hundreds of fireworks going off in my mouth all at once, storming their way to the back of my throat as I swallowed them all up. I felt my stomach was lit on fire by God itself: I was going to transcend. And I did! Free party meal!

Moral of the story: deftone

ImpalaLT
98

I think we see the problem as to why this isn’t a 100/100

Favorite: Hole In The Earth
Least Favorite: Pink Cellphone

RemisReviews
85

THE METAL SUBGENRE CHALLENGE #017 - ALTERNATIVE METALGAZE
In this challenge, I'll be taking a look at various albums I haven't heard yet from a variety of different Metal subgenres. I'm quite familiar with the genre, but I really want to dive into the specific subgenres and analyze them.

REVIEW REPOST #054. I repost my old reviews, which got no attention, with updated thoughts. Posted this review last year, but I'm posting it again.

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SOLAR_
86

MAGNIFIQUE!

this album is super cool. deftones' signature metal sound works in conjunction with a wavering, dystopian tone throughout this thing's duration which creates a really potent atmosphere

this thing's biggest flaws are likely just sounding a little boring during some b sides and also that weird fucking outro on pink cellphone???

but yeah i liked it

92

missed the mark a bit with some horrible moments, but still my personal fave

RaphRates
82

More shoegazey which is up my alley. Pink Cellphone kills the vibe entirely.

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Track List

1Hole in the Earth
4:09
95
2Rapture
3:25
82
3Beware
6:00
92
4Cherry Waves
5:17
96
5Mein
3:58
87
6U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,A,B,Select,Start
4:12
83
7Xerces
3:41
92
8Rats!Rats!Rats!
4:00
84
9Pink Cellphone
5:04
42
10Combat
4:46
84
11Kimdracula
3:14
90
12Rivière
3:45
88
Total Length: 51 minutes

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