Review: Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It) (Rock)

This review covers the alternative metal track Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It).

This track was released in 1999 as part of The Matrix soundtrack.

For the soundtrack itself, we’ve had some very good luck finding some good music. We first tried Rob D – Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Mix) and thought it was great. Next up is Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind which is a very solid track. After that, we listened to Propellerheads – Spybreak! (Short One) which is also great. After that is The Prodigy – Mindfields. That last one is reasonable. So, we figured there is no harm in further exploring this soundtrack.

The track starts with a few snares before the guitars start in. The vocals follow suit shortly in a borderline whispering way. From there, the guitars become more full.

After a snare, the guitars pull back as the vocals continue. After a bit, the vocals then scream out the lyrics as they hit the main chorus. The vocals then carry on with a singing portion. This part largely ends with the guitars leaving a couple of long notes.

From there, the bass guitar backs a small portion of a drum kit. The vocals continue on with a whispering verse. This is followed by the main chorus. That screaming then winds down to normal singing like the previous main chorus. Long notes ends that next section.

After that, the main vocals repeat the main chorus. Part way through, the track drops out, ending rather suddenly.

I’m going to start off my opinion that screaming in a track doesn’t necessarily make me give tracks a bad review. An example of that is Story of the Year – And the Hero Will Drown. There are some forms of heavier rock music that I will enjoy.

Now, having said that, this track has a lot of problems hinder it. The way it is mastered, a lot of lyrics wind up getting lost. This is largely found in the portions where the vocals are whispering. Half of the lyrics wind up being a garbled mess.

Another problem with this track is that the lead guitars seem to almost be on auto-pilot. A riff is basically repeated for large portions of the track with little in the way of variation. It sounds pretty good at first, but by the time I got to the end of the track, I found the lead guitars rather boring.

Probably the only good thing about the track is the bass guitar. In the quieter portions of the track, it actually gives this track a small amount of dynamic sound, adding a bit of flow throughout the track.

Unfortunately, this track actually offers very little outside of trying to sound heavy. The lead guitars are boring and repetitive and the vocals garble half the lyrics on the quieter parts. while the bass guitar is nicely realized, it’s not enough to turn this into a great track by any means. So, a fairly mediocre track if you ask me.


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