If you were planning on heading out to the fieldhouse at Ralph Wilson Stadium to catch the Taste of Chaos megabill this evening, don't; the show has been relocated to the Dome Theater in Niagara Falls, a much better venue for a show of this magnitude, it must be said.
The show is headlined by the mighty Deftones -- the one alterna-metal band most rock critics, this one included, feel comfortable praising for its forward-looking, openhearted heavy music. The group's sound has quite successfully incorporated esoteric, pop-related songs, strong melodies, experimentalism and strong musicianship into a genre known for its boneheadedness.
There is fierce intelligence in the music of the Deftones, from vocalist Chino Moreno's whisper-to-a-scream singing and poetic lyrics, to the well-crafted guitar textures and nimble rhythm section. The Deftones, like their only real peer, Tool, makes metal-based music that will appeal to listeners who have outgrown most metal.
The Deftones may be the prime attraction at the Taste of Chaos gig, but the lineup is incredibly impressive. Not everyone who has been part of the touring package is making it to Buffalo, but the bands confirmed to appear at the Dome tonight will kick you square in the pants. Scheduled to play with the Deftones are Thrice, Atreyu, Story of the Year, As I Lay Dying, Funeral for a Friend, the Receiving End of Sirens, Adair, Greeley Estates, Street Drum Corps and the Smashup.
Tonight's show in Dome Theater, 1713 Main St., Niagara Falls, is sold out.
-- Jeff Miers