Around the Fur

Deftones - Around the Fur
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Based on 278 ratings
1997 Ratings: #35
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October 28, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Maverick / Warner Bros. / Label
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[UPDATE BELOW REVIEW... but also read the review]

Deftoes. Yummy.

Improving and developing their sound from "Adrenaline" tenfold, "Around the Fur" is what I consider to be one of the knights in shining armor when it comes to the mostly egregious hellhole that is nu-metal. Honestly, though I don't really consider this album to be totally specific to the genre. It still has that hip-hop tinge to it without suffering from any of the severe flaws of nu-metal, and I think this ... read more
Few albums' hooks are the riffs

This is one of those albums.

Deftones scoff at the mere idea of a sophomore slump with one of the most aggressive and in-your-face records of the nineties. Every single song punches you in the face as a brutal first impression, to the point that each track becomes instantly recognizable within the first few listens. Easily one of my favorite metal albums out there, and a stand out in Deftones' impressive catalogue.

Favorite Tracks: My Own Summer (Shove It), ... read more

So a couple of minutes after I wrote my thoughts on Adrenaline I started listening to Around the Fur and holy shit this is amazing!

The improvement from Adrenaline to this is insane; where that album felt overall solid with some issues regarding variety and development, Around the Fur pretty much irons out those issues as well as improving on the good parts of Adrenaline. This album fuckin' kicks ass! The riffs are heavier, the guitars are louder and grittier with a ... read more
While not as good as what Deftones would be able to accomplish, it's still a mindbogglingly great record that sounds like Deftones are ironing out their kinks. It sounds like the transition album from good to great, and it captures a lightning in a bottle energy from one of the most exciting and experimental acts in nu-metal. Chino's nasty screaming and whispered singing is at it's top potential here, and it's a lovely addition to an already interesting band. It's catchy, exciting and ... read more
If anyone says NU metal is a bad genre with nothing going for it direct them to Deftones immediately to shut them up

Track Review

My Own Summer (Shove It) 9.5/10
Lhabia 8/10
Mascara 8.5/10
Around The Fur 9/10
Rickets 8.5/10
Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) 9.5/10
Lotion 9/10
Dai The Flu 8/10
Headup 8.5/10
MX 7.5/10

Average: 8.6/10
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Track List

  1. My Own Summer (Shove It) 
  2. Lhabia 
  3. Mascara 
  4. Around The Fur 
  5. Rickets 
  6. Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) 
  7. Lotion 
  8. Dai The Flu 
  9. Headup 
  10. MX
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