After almost 30 years and 8 studio albums Deftones are a force to be reckoned with, so here is the honest truth about their latest offering: Gore.
Deftones have had their ups and downs over the years. Alongside Korn they created Nu-Metal, watched the genre be taken over by copycats or as Chino Moreno called them “cookie-cutter, candy versions”, released massive albums such as Around the Fur and White Pony, then sadly watch on as their oldest friend and band member Chi Cheng had a car accident and slipped into a coma he unfortunately never recovered from, passing away in April of 2013. But through all this they never lost sight of one thing, the music they love and this album is testament of that.
Gore, their 8th studio recording, came out the 8th of April to much well deserved fanfare. The line-up of Chino Moreno with vocals and rhythm guitar, Stephen Carpenter on the lead guitar, Abe Cunningham keeping the time with drums, Frank Delgado provides the samples and keyboard and finally Sergio Vega on bass really go all out here.
The whole LP flows so well that it’s sometimes difficult to find where you are during listening: the beginning, the end or lost somewhere in the middle? While I enjoy this aspect I do find that all the tracks slowly become one and it’s hard to find even a single standout, but I did, ‘Pittura Infamante’ is just a little different, with its heavier concept, clearer lyrics, it just shines through.
I’ve been calling myself a Deftones fan for years, but I can’t get into this album, don’t twist my words here, I don’t hate Gore I just don’t love it. I enjoyed it but found it hard to listen to and it never really kept my attention for long with my mind constantly wandering.
Only one tune stood out while the rest just blended together. Funnily enough I was never really into their last couple of records either, I guess when it comes to this band I’m still stuck into the late 90’s and early 2000’s.