Deftones - Adrenaline
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Based on 2 reviews
1995 Ratings: #245 / 445
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Based on 177 ratings
1995 Ratings: #99
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August 3, 1995 / Release Date
LP / Format
Maverick, Warner Bros. / Label
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Drowned in Sound

A nu-metal album with no Fred Durst in sight... or any other 'celebrity' collaborations either. This is an album that DEFINETLY deserves a slot in your collection along with '$3 Bills Y'All' and 'Korn'.


On later albums, the band's progressive tendencies become more developed, but the more straight-ahead material on Adrenaline does not disappoint. A promising debut.

way better than expected, love the aggression and energy
Before finding their “sound”, Deftones by all means were pretty much your newcomer somewhat-standard Nu Metal / Alt Metal band that would go onto bigger,better and you’re right, badder things... A lot of this is of course manic, aggressive, very negative and angry and pessimistic but hey, they’re new to the game at this point. Throw in some post-hardcore and you’re set (and it’s present, secondary genre). This is a lot less (having mastered it by their later ... read more

So I figured I'd plow through the Deftones discography in as short a time as possible today since I've been meaning to listen to the rest of their stuff for a while now. I have heard White Pony before now so I'm not exactly going in blind (or deaf should i say haha) but I figured it'd be fun anyway.

Starting off with their 1995 debut Adrenaline, this is pretty straightforward nu metal/alt metal for the most part. The heavy riffs, the badass rhythms, the screamed and ... read more
While it's not as polished or as whole as Deftones later releases, Adrenaline does deliver on the albums namesake. It's still far ahead of what else was coming out in 1995. It's got traces of what Deftones would blossom into, with a little more grit, a lot less direction, but a little more aggression. Chino Moreno still unnerves with his signature whispery/rap styled vocals and scares us with his guttural screams, with the instrumentation sounds dark, heavy and pained, with heavy guitar hooks ... read more
Chino, go home you’re drunk.

Adrenaline is an awesome debut from the band overall, with its captivating raw aggression and energy bleeding throughout, but of course, they were still developing their sound at this stage and were likely uncertain of what they wanted to be. A lot of things the band experimented with on here were scrapped and long forgotten on future albums, such as the sometimes cringeworthy rap rock and spoken word vocals from chino that are pretty grating, but alas, the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bored 
  2. Minus Blindfold 
  3. One Weak 
  4. Nosebleed 
  5. Lifter 
  6. Root 
  7. 7 Words 
  8. Birthmark 
  9. Engine No. 9 
  10. Fireal 
  11. First (Hidden Track)
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Added on: November 11, 2012