Pryti Reviews The New Deftones Album "Gore"
I’m Pryti, a hard rock singer songwriter from the UK. Deftones have been a huge influence on my music so when I was asked to review their new album ‘Gore’ I jumped at the chance.
Gore opens with guitar noise in ‘Prayers/Triangles’ and fades into a beautiful guitar riff filled with reverb and delay. The bass builds momentum and in the chorus they break free with grungy metal guitars and Chino sings ‘you will never be free’. This is a great hopeless song that transitions from the old into the evolved sound of the rest of the album. The chord progressions in ‘Acid Hologram’ are full of doom and gloom and Chino’s vocals are the light at the end of the tunnel until you get to the bridge then its downright evil.
The album features a few heavier tracks where Chino screams in the Black Sabbath influenced ‘Doomed User’, ‘Geometric Headdress’ and ‘Gore’. These tracks showcase the sweetness and the brutality of Chino’s vocals.
There’s something very indulgent about this album with tracks like ‘Hearts and Wires’ and ‘Phantom Bride’. ‘Hearts and Wires’ opens with 90’s sounding synths and guitars. The track has a very slow build then the riff and drums come in with a slightly heavier chord progression in the verse and Chino sings ‘nothing can save me now’. I personally love songwriting structures like this where it builds, unleashes and comes back down again. The octave chords towards the end of the track bring something slightly evil, sweet and kick me in the gut every time I listen to it.
The hauntingly beautiful ‘Phantom Bride’ starts with such a catchy guitar riff. This track showcases Chino’s Morrissey style vocals and the guitar parts make this song very different to any in the back catalogue. The band brought in Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains to write an amazing solo. This adds to the evolution of the band, as it’s a rarity to have a solo on a Deftones album. It’s a good representation of the trend throughout this album beauty and darkness.
Rubicon ends the album on a high and it’s the most uplifting track. It features lyrics like ‘take me in face the lights free yourself and writhe in them’, ‘embrace the power we have’ and the riff in the chorus adds a euphoric atmosphere to the song.
While I do like Pittura Infamante, Xenon and (L)MLRL. I need to listen to these tracks a few more times to truly fall in love with it. This album is full of growers and in my opinion that’s what makes it so different to the rest of the albums. If you have listened to it and aren’t convinced, listen to it a few more times and you are guaranteed to love it.
Deftones are one of those bands that keep developing with each album, push boundaries and stay true to their sound. Gore keeps in with that same vain and takes you on a journey of influences from dream pop, doom, hardcore, old school metal, post punk and alt rock. Even though this album led to tensions in the band I think it’s those tensions that made it so great. Gore is a must listen for any Deftones fan.