Those who regularly gander at the two pages of Times real estate that house the To-Do List may have noticed the occasional, hinted bias towards nu-metal in all its forms. Wait, no; who am I fooling? "Hinted bias?" I can't stand the stuff, period. Never have, never will. But for the better part of 15 years, one band, Deftones, has remained a daring, creative exception to the rule that the subgenre has to be a tin-eared wasteland. Years after its release, the 11-track "White Pony" still stands as the defining moment of post-grunge: progressive and sophisticated, mixing in trip-hop ambience and Morrissey-inspired lyricism with the familiar, bitter chunk of the genre. Now, in 2010, front man Chino Moreno is still threading his cryptic tenor through the band's ambitious complexity and, unlike most of their '90s peers, Deftones still has a lot of fans. The band is joined by another celebrated, heavy, shockingly melodic outfit in Baroness, the rising sludge/prog group that, in spite of having released only two (stellar) albums, is one of the best metal has to offer.