House of Blues, Nov. 18

Whether it was the recent release of the Deftones’ seventh studio album, or the sold-out venue, Chino Moreno seemed a new, reinvigorated front man. Amid the hot and sweaty atmosphere of bodies packing every spare inch of the House of Blues, Moreno was a burst of microphone-swinging energy while guitarist Stephen Carpenter’s long locks waved in the breeze of a foot-of-the-stage fan.

As the show kicked off with “Diamond Eyes” and a precision light show, the audience became one being with hands pumping in unison to the beat, singing along as loud as possible—so much so it was sometimes difficult to hear Moreno’s vocals. The sound on the lower level seemed muted and muffled, but was much clearer on the upper balcony areas; those who may have been bummed they weren’t in the thick of the mosh pit may have been at an auditory advantage.

The vibrant energy remained high during the entire concert, which touched upon Koi No Yokan tracks “Swerve City,” “Poltergeist,” “Tempest” and “Rosemary.” But the set was less about highlighting the newest material and more about dosing out fan favorites including “My Own Summer (Shove It),” “Knife Party” and “Passenger.” Mostly refraining from chatting with the audience and focusing on the music, the band did give a nod to original bassist Chi Cheng with “Rivière.” And no Deftones show would be complete without “Change (In the House of Flies).”

The musical explosion culminated with the band and fans rocking out all the way into the rafters for a three-song encore, punctuated by “7 Words.” Count the Deftones back in full-force. ★★★★☆

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