Meet The Lineup: Dia De Los Deftones

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While alternative metal legends Deftones certainly need no introduction, they'll be introducing fans to a lot of new sounds at their inaugural Dia De Los Deftones festival this November in San Diego, California. The festival has everything, from high-class metal to trap rap to alternative; here's a look at what you can expect from the artists at the festival.


The Deftones hardly need to be introduced, but for those unaware of the art metal giants, get with the program! Deftones' latest release, 2016's Gore, is the pinnacle of their art metal exploration with haunting tracks like 'Prayers/Triangles' and 'Hearts/Wires,' with some heavy-hitters like title track 'Gore' and 'Phantom Bridge' featuring Alice In ChainsJerry Cantrell. Before that, Deftones made it big during the nu-metal movement of the late-90s and early-2000s, with iconic records such as White Pony and Around The Fur, which spawned hits like 'My Own Summer (Shove It)' and 'Headup.' Since then, Deftones have branched out of their angst-ridden music and delved into more raw, visceral music, some of their finest work being done in 2010's massive Diamond Eyes and 2012's sensual Koi No Yokan.


Future is another artist who if you haven't heard of, you've been living under a rock. The Atlantan rapper is one of the leading faces of the trap-rap movement, and has delivered plenty of records in his time in the spotlight, from 2015's DS2 to his latest output, this summer's new mixtape BEASTMODE 2. He's collaborated with the biggest names in rap, with everyone from Drake to The Weeknd, as well as spawning his own hits, such as 'Mask Off' and 'Low.' We're not the biggest fans on Future around here, but he's undoubtedly one of hip-hops biggest faces right now.


If you follow us, chances are you know who Mike Shinoda is. Shinoda is the creative mastermind behind Linkin Park, and his work has extended to his own solo career. Following the passing of Chester Bennington, he's released his own record called Post Traumatic, documenting his journey through grief and getting on firm footing as he looks ahead. With powerful tracks like 'Over Again' and 'Nothing Makes Sense Anymore' to more uplifting, hopeful songs like 'Crossing A Line' and 'Hold It Together,' Post Traumatic connects with anyone who's ever lost and been through the grieving process. Included on the record is a collaboration with the Deftones' Chino Moreno, on the song 'Lift Off,' so it's possible we will so a collaboration happen! Attendees can expect a mix of his solo material, Linkin Park, and Fort Minor songs in his set.


Now it's to get into the more underground names. San Diego-locals Rocket From The Crypt first rose on the punk rock scene in 1989, gaining momentum in the mid-90s with records that included 1995's Scream, Dracula, Scream! and 1998's RTFC. After going on hiatus in 2005, the band fully returned in 2013 with a slew of live performances around the world. They haven't released new music since 2002, but they certainly still have loads of energy live and definitely still have the same power of their prime now, their blend of punk, shoegaze, and grunge still coming together dynamically.


Ho9909 is a hip-hop group from New Jersey, and are right up there with Death Grips in the realm of experimental music. Their sound is jarring, with giant synths accentuating charged lyrics that have a definitive shock factor. Like any experimental group, their sound can be off-putting and certainly requires an open ear and time to grow, but Ho99o9 is out here making important music that has strong messages, even if the music itself may seem crazy. They're about as punk at hip-hop gets. Ho99o9 has several mixtapes and singles to their name, and released their first album, United States Of Horror, FAMILY in 2017.


When we said Dia De Los Deftones was a festival with variety, we weren't kidding. Doja Cat is a California-native pop singer and rapper, and she'll certainly be turning heads at Dia De Los Deftones. No artist on the bill even comes close to her sound; simple poppy beats support her suggestive lyrics that see her quickly switch between sung and rapped parts. While her messages aren't quite the same anger-driven ones that define a lot of the other artists on the bill, but her attitude definitely keeps her on the same boat. She released her debut album Amala in March of this year.


To pair with the Deftones' fans who like their music heavy, Vein is the band to watch out for. Vein is one of the angriest hardcore bands on the scene right now, with vicious vocals and jagged guitars filling every song. Their music has a weird cinematic thrill to it, even with as raw as it is. There's something just enthralling about the pure rage to it. If you're a fan of punk rock or metal, Vein is definitely the band to check out; the Boston-locals have three EPs and one full-length album to their name, errorzone being release in June of 2017.


Last but not least, VOWWS is perhaps one of the most interesting groups on the bill. Their sound is described as "death pop," which essentially equates to Nine Inch Nails on drugs. Their haunting, dark sound comes straight out of the playbooks of NIN, Depeche Mode, and all your favorite 80's and 90's new-wave artists. Pop beats contrast the thick, distorted guitars and ghastly harmonies that really capture this unique sound. The best way to get a feel for the music is to listen to it: the Australian duo's latest record, Under The World, came out in March.

Excited for the festival? The pre-sale begins now (10am PDT), while the general sale begins this Friday at 10am PDT. Dia De Los Deftones is taking place at Petco Park at The Park in San Diego, California on November 3, 2018.