‘Gore’ is familiar, but not the same.
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Released: 8th April 2016
‘Gore’ is a bit of a strange one for Deftones. With their own guitarist, Stephen Carpenter, being open about the fact he wasn’t really on board with the direction the band was taking at the time, it’s not exactly the hype you’d hope for ahead of the album’s release. But worry not.
For the first while, there’s moments that feel like they’re building up to a bang that doesn’t always come, where they’d previously just lurch into songs full force. Turns out it’s not all about that bang. The further you travel into its depths, the more you find that the album doesn’t need to shout to hook you; bit by bit you catch these whispers that start to be heard.
‘Prayers/Triangles’ is a kind of ragged ethereal, soaring throughout and leaping into Chino’s strangled yells and back again, ‘Xenon’ pulses, a power almost trying to break through its many layers. ‘Doomed User’ goes all out, heavy and commanding, where ‘Pittura Infamante’ is a well-needed puncture in the gloomier atmosphere.
‘Gore’ is familiar, but not the same. You’ll find an old melancholic friend, snatches of a side project or two, and the occasional burst of the band in their most classic nature; enough to stamp the hallmarks of Deftones but allow them to side-step and try something new. Deftones will never churn out the same album twice, and this is their declaration not to stay settled in their comfort zone. Heather McDaid