Hexagram (song)

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Single by Deftones
from the album Deftones
B-side "Lovers"
Released December 30, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative metal
Length 4:09
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Chino Moreno
Producer(s) Terry Date and Deftones
Deftones singles chronology
"Hole in the Earth"

"Hexagram" is a song by the American alternative metal band Deftones and the second single from their eponymous fourth album. The song failed to chart on the Modern and Mainstream rock charts in America and charted at a low #68 in the UK,[1] which could be seen as a testament to its non-commercial sound.[original research?] The album art for the single is titled "Bandaged Love" by Ashley Macomber.

"Hexagram" could be considered one of Deftones' most brutal songs and certainly one of their most intense singles. This is largely attributed to Chino Moreno's extremely raw and long-drawn screaming which virtually exceeds the limits heard in other Deftones material, matched by the interlocking of heavy guitar riffs and aggressive drums backed by somber synthesizer keys.

Music video[edit]

The black & white music video for "Hexagram" shows excited fans entering a building to watch a live performance of the song. As such, the majority of the video focuses on this performance, with small exceptions like a shirtless, incapacitated Moreno lying on the floor during the moody bridge. Audio for the video is entirely off the studio recording until the very end which features live crowd noise. Many shots during intense screaming revolve around other band members, as such intense vocal performances would be impractical in an actual live setting.

In contrast to the single's minimal radio play, the "Hexagram" video found significant rotation on the more underground-oriented Headbangers Ball and Uranium in late 2003.


In reviewing Deftones, Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes that "Hexagram", the album's opener, "hits hard—harder than they ever have, revealing how mushy Staind is, or how toothless Linkin Park is".[2]

Cultural references[edit]

In 2010 mathcore band War From A Harlots Mouth recorded a studio cover of the song, as well as the band Knives Exchanging Hands for the same song.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Deftones.

  1. "Hexagram" – 4:09
  2. "Bloody Cape" – 3:36
  3. "Lovers" – 4:11


  1. ^ "UK Singles Top 75 - Music Charts". Navigate to appropriate week. acharts.us. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Deftones > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 

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