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    Deftones Prove Their Enduring Talent in Tour Kickoff

    "I've never seen the Deftones playing better than they are right now," proclaimed Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato near the end of his group's opening set at the kickoff of the two bands' joint U.S. Tour at the Paramount Theater in Seattle Thursday night. Puciato was not simply pandering to the audience — Deftones have aged particularly well, especially compared to the majority of bands they shared the stage with over the course of their 20-plus year career. Relentless touring has only sharpened their skills as performers, and if the three large, ornate rugs laid out in front of their amps were any indication, the Deftones consider the stage a kind of home. Deftones opened their set with the title track from their newest record, Diamond Eyes, spotlighting the down-tuned, chugging riffs of guitarist Stephen Carpenter.

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