Label: Maverick Upon its release, Around the Fur was compared to the post-punk and shoegaze genres. And while you can hear those influences in the mix, it's the harsh metal sound that really floors the listener. With every track on Around The Fur, there is an immediate feeling of balance between aggressive instrumentation and polished soundscapes that secrete utter beauty. There is not a single element that overpowers the flow of the song. This is a distinguishing mark that Deftones still carry today. Overall the album, in all of its stupendous deliveries, comes off as unusually intimate and remarkably personal. Delving into the emotional spectrum of music, especially at the peak of grunge and alternative metal in the late ’90s, Around The Fur is simply an album that you cannot overlook in the slightest. The magical contrast between anger and bliss is symbolized in Chino Moreno’s voice and Deftones’ instrumentation and in the diversity that is channelled in every song individually and the album as a whole. It is the platform for which Deftones created masterpiece after masterpiece, time and time again. But it’s important to remember that, in its own merits, Around The Fur was the first.