Crude or Profane Language
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Other Negative Elements
While imperfect, "Elite" abhors depression and a selfish lust for fame.
Dark stuff. Loosely connected streams of consciousness flow through ravines of hopelessness and despair. An intoxicated guy gets tied up and stuffed in the trunk of a car by an abusive woman ("Feiticeira"). Imagining his girlfriend as a common housefly on "Change (In the House of Flies)," lead singer Chino Moreno says sadistically, "I pulled off your wings, then I laughed." The bizarre "RX Queen" finds him praying "for the death of everything new" and telling his girl, "I’ll steal a carcass for you, then feed off the virus," as if planning some morbid dinner date. "Digital Bath" lacks clear marital context in its description of a couple frolicking in the tub. Also vaguely erotic, "Passenger" uses a car as both the location of and metaphor for a wild sexual encounter. A bitter, angry man threatens someone who has wronged his "whore" ("Pink Maggit"). Lyrical chicanery will also anger parents: A verse on "Street Carp" appears in the liner notes as "Take it home and have fun with it," but is sung "Take it home and f--- with it."
Creepy. Aggressive. Deftones’ guitar-driven rage-rock summons images of a dank torture chamber. Vocals scream ferociously one minute and float like a spellbound siren in a gothic nightmare the next. Even worse are this California-based band’s malicious—if somewhat obscure—messages. White Pony delivers a rough ride.