A good friend told me last week to check out the two new singles from Deftones: "Diamond Eyes" and "Rocket Skates," off of their "Diamond Eyes" album which comes out May 4. Boy, do I owe him one! These tracks are off the chain, definitely up there with the band's best. I first heard this band when they got signed to Madonna's Maverick label and their single, "My Own Summer (Shove It)," got a lot of airplay. At the time, they were lumped in with other nu metal and rap metal bands, partially due to Chino's unfortunate "rapping." Most of those bands are gone thankfully, but Deftones keeps moving. Their bass player, Chi Cheng, is unfortunately still in a coma after a car accident in November 2008. Chino Moreno, their lead singer, states they now have two bass players while Cheng recuperates. If you are new to the band, you should check out these two new singles, as well as some of my personal favorites: "Rapture," "Beware" and "Kimdracula" from "Saturday Night Wrist;" "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" and "My Own Summer (Shove It)" from "Around the Fur;" "Bored" from "Adrenaline;" and the entire brilliant "White Pony" record.