Aggressive, Yet Melodic
It’s been 21 years since Deftones introduced their first album, Adrenaline. But the band continues to amaze fans with the release of their 8th studio album, Gore. Filled with a more mature sound, Gore taps into the band’s vulnerable side, experimenting with aggressive yet mellow moments.
When Adrenaline debuted in ’95, Deftones came onto the scene with a raw sound, blending rap influence with a metal background, different then anything that was out at the time. Deftones are rare, one of those bands that are easily identified.
Singer Chino Moreno uniquely fluctuates his voice. An unparalleled individual that’s able to smoothly transition from a whisper to a gut-wrenching scream, and still shockingly hit high pitched notes in the same song. Not many vocalists can effortlessly pull that off. On Gore, “Phantom Bride” is a perfect demonstration of Moreno’s natural talent, where he vocally goes to new scopes. The guitar element on this track hits a passionate yet melodramatic tone.
The entire album is lyrical perfection with aggressive guitar playing. Stephen Carpenter uses an eight string guitar to really pull off the album’s emotions, hitting a darker quality of sound. “Geometric Headdress” has a solid shift from one time signature to a straight forward sound, crossing melodic riffs with volatile guitar playing. Drummer Abe Cunningham enhances the rhythm without compromising the vision.
“Prayers/Triangles,” the first track and single off of Gore, sets the mood for the rest of the album. Hitting an emotional high, giving a dark new-wave feel with a vulnerable tone. Similarly, “Doomed User” is another fundamental track that captures the album’s essence. The chemistry between the members is presented in a developing manner. From the variation in melodic moments to a pocket groove, the sound has certainly progressed since the previous albums.
In a world where music is shifting electronically, Deftones comforts fans with an authentic sound that has outperformed their contemporaries. Producing an honest quality of work that is visible through their repertoire. For Deftones, it isn’t about a traditional sound, it’s about making an art and advancing their craft. They are not your average California Alternative Metal band. Dubbed the “Radiohead of Metal,” this is a band that has earned that title by producing distinctive rock. No two Deftones albums are alike, and Gore is definitely worthwhile.