This is the first record I've heard of the Deftones, and based on this I'll be picking up the first 2 as soon as I'm able to. These guys are a really cool metal band that really grooves, kind of in the same way that Helmet used to.
My favorite cut on the record is track #2 "Digital Bath." There is some really cool guitar on this track and it definitely rocks. Maynard from Tool makes a guest appearance on track #9. The single "Change" is a real good track too. For those of you who wondered like I did, the song you hear on MTV and on your radio stations, "Back to School," is not the same on the album. I guess it is a remix but you can find it on the last track in a different form.
The Deftones guitarist Steven Carpenter is a highly technical and innovative player without getting too fancy. You won't hear any cliched metal solos from him, but what he plays fits the songs.
The music reminds me a little of Soundgarden. The riffs in Elite, the third song, sound like they could have come straight off of Superunknown.
I give this record a four for very good. Time will tell whether this will become a classic alternative/metal album, but it should serve to get the Deftones name out to the masses.