Yes this... I couldn't listen to anything pre White Pony without conjuring images of Fred Durst, Stained and Papa Roach.
I could definitely see how you get that association, but I still think Around the Fur is their best album by far. There was no comparison between Deftones and those bands who were terrible. I like White Pony a lot, but I've always felt the production and the album as a whole was thin sounding.