Incubus And Deftones Leave Fans Satisfied

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Incubus
Deftones

Darien Lake PAC
Darien Center, NY
Sunday August 2, 2015
Review: Robert Winans
Photos: Joseph Suto

 

With a new album from Deftones on the horizon, and a new EP from Incubus both bands are currently embarked on a U.S. co-headlining tour that rolled into the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday. Both bands boast impressive catalogs but give an edge to the Deftones for more aggressive music to mix around. While Deftones may be more notorious for giving a show with more eclectic stylings ranging from metal to alternative, Incubus certainly put on one of the better showings that I have seen in recent history.

Deftones opened up the stage with “Diamond Eyes” taking little time to slow down with more aggressive hits like “My Own Summer” “Knife Party” and “Rocket Skates”, but also took the time to round it out with “Swerve City” “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” and the deeply impassioned “Sextape”. This myriad of incredibly well performed songs was a showcase of why the band has appealed to so many in the mainstream as well as the heavy metal communities. No new songs were played out on this tour despite the new album already being finished, but that being said the show should only keep fans sated eagerly waiting its mid September release.

Other reports of this tandem have been somewhat critical of Incubus closing out the night, citing that the aggressive energy of Deftones wasn’t being matched with Incubus and their more laid back setlist. Well, nothing could be further from the truth at Darien. Incubus put on a show that actually impressed me, digging back into their old Science days keeping energy up with a beautiful mix of the old and the surprisingly catchy new. They tore through their new songs “Absolution Calling” and “Trust Fall” along with “Anna Molly”, “Megalomaniac” “Drive” and the always popular “Pardon Me” which had the whole crowd singing. The entire amphitheater left seemingly worn out and gleefully pleased with a well rounded mix from both bands. The whole show had a sense of excitement not knowing if laid back or aggressive music was coming next from either band constantly leaving us guessing and happily never ready.

Incubus

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Deftones

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Set Lists
Incubus
Wish You Were Here
Anna Molly
Circles
Absolution Calling
Are You In?
Vitamin
Trust Fall
In the Company of Wolves
Nice to Know You
Here in My Room
Sick Sad Little World
Pardon Me
Make Out Party
Megalomaniac
Encore
Dig
Drive
A Crow Left of the Murder

Deftones
Diamond Eyes
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Lhabia
Beware
Bloody Cape
Sextape
You’ve Seen the Butcher
Rocket Skates
Tempest
Swerve City
Knife Prty
Digital Bath
Change (In the House of Flies)
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Headup
Birthmark
Engine No. 9

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