It is within that emotional dichotomy where Deftones' power lies. One minute, Chino Moreno's etheral vocals drift over swirling guitars and a relaxing bass groove. The next, the five high school pals explode into a tortured frenzy of screeching noise, pained wails and thunderous metal crunch.
The brazen comments, which have sent shock waves through the metal underworld, would be blasphemous, were they not on the money. Deftones were among the first bands to incorporate turntables into metal and were trailblazers in the surging "screamo" scene.
Deftones play in the second slot Sunday when the massive tour hits Foxboro. Math metal mutants Mudvayne open the bill, while Linkin Park plays third, followed by Limp Bizkit and Metallica. Each band fills a distinct role: Linkin Park for burgeoning metal fans; Limp Bizkit for the knucklehead rap rock set; Mudvayne for the psychos and technical geeks; Metallica for the old-school headbangers; and Deftones for the dysfunctional set not afraid to exorcise their inner Cure through hardcore therapy.