Deftones released today their 8th studio album Gore via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Matt Hyde and Deftones, it features a guest appearance from Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell on Phantom Bride.
Gore is a highly accomplished album, aesthetically vivid and inspired. It is a piece of art in itself that marks the minds instantly. Rare nowadays. The result is superb. There is a strong sense of how to paint an evocative imaginary of lyrics at crossroads between experimental and heavy soundscapes, quite textured without skimping on hooks and killer melodies. A winning combination that works perfectly.
The songs hold together as fusional organic creations while staying unique and opened. Switching between aggression, soothing moments, endlessly dynamic, the album delivers a contagious energy, moving over a range of soundscapes, between chaotic breakdown and robust artsy gems, melodic and colorful. The guitar crackles powerful sounds, in considerably more atmospheric landscapes than ever, both hazy , moody and beautiful. The riffs are cleverly placed and attractive. They back perfectly the stories told by Chino. Doomed User electrifies our ears , striking catchy guitar riffs alongside compelling vocals. It is one of stellar guitar works on the album. Magical moment of blissful guitar assault on Pittura Infamante. Hearts/Wires shines , blending darkness, guitar work that blows your mind, cinematic killer soundscape. It is intriguing, unusual and haunting. Deftones takes us on a pure place of paradise through the entire piece with other stand out tracks such as Rubicon, and Geometric headdress in which thrash and melodic thunderous atmospheres roll into one.