It has been 21 years since the Deftones unleashed themselves unto the world with Adrenaline, an album that introduced metal fans to a unique style that would influence groups for years to come. Since their inception, Chino Moreno and crew have been fine-tuning and perfecting their craft, touring the world, and changing the face of loud music whilst also suffering a collective personal tragedy in the death of long-time bassist Chi Cheng.
Sure, I could be easily accused of looking at GORE through rose tinted glasses, being a die-hard fan since a friend handed me a copy of Adrenaline all those years back, but I must say, I truly loved this album! The opening track “Players/Triangles” kicks off with Chino’s soft vocals complimented by hypnotic guitar riffs before switching to a much heavier tone then back once again, so much so that I found myself becoming lost in the music. It was an excellent intro and song 2, “Acid Hologram”, holds a similar vibe to its predecessor wherein you can feel the sheer emotion poured into the song.
The transition into track 3, “Doomed User”, is the band being totally old-school. It’s delectably heavy and offers up the sound of a keen group of musicians flaunting their roots and early days. Come the half way point “Hearts/Wires” slows everything right down, losing the distortion in favor of a cleaner sound. It really is an incredibly well-crafted track that reminds us why the Deftones are much more then your standard metal band.
As GORE progresses it only gets stronger. (For me, the best song is track 7 “Xenon”.) The album is both heavy and light, both old and new, both familiar and different and, when you’re focused on the music, it expels all outside interruptions. GORE is a powerful release and the more you listen to it, the deeper down the rabbit hole you will fall.
02. Acid Hologram
03. Doomed User
04. Geometric Headdress
06. Pittura Infamante
10. Phantom Bride
Run Time: 48:08
Release Date: April 8, 2016
Check out the track “Doomed User”.