The Deftones never really fit nu-metal’s dumb-thug stereotype, but because they had a long-standing relationship with Korn and occasionally shared a stage with Limp Bizkit, they were guilty by association. Time seems to have absolved them: over the last decade they’ve displayed enough artistic vision to earn some cred and a fan base that extends beyond black-clad teens. The “experimental alternative rock band” description in their Wikipedia entry might be a bit generous, but then again, how many Billboard-chart acts can you name that apply the Slint school of dynamics–sweeping, textural blasts of guitar followed by soft, dreamy quiet bits–to pop metal? Their fifth album, Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick), released last year, was their first without producer Terry Date; the guitars steamroll more than they bludgeon, but vocalist Chino Moreno is all over the place as always, switching from throat-shredding screams to heaving sighs to posthardcore crooning. Dir En Grey and Fall of Troy open. a 7 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212, sold out. A