Lapping at the listeners ears with swelling feedback, lead single Prayers/Triangles opens Gore, and as you brace for an aural assault Chino Moreno’s croon greets you, gently supported by a sweetly descending melodic line from guitarist Stephen Carpenter, and rhythmically guided by Abe Cunningham’s drums and Sergio

Vega’s bass.  Just as you settle in for a softer song Cunningham whales on his drum-kit, Carpenter kicks in the overdrive, and Moreno lets loose his howl.  This is the Deftones you paid to see, and it is clear why the band chose to tease fans with this song leading up to Gore’s release.  Acid Hologram sets the stage for the shifting rhythms of the rest of the record and prepares the listener for second single, Doomed User, which kicks off with Deftones in full flight; all punk energy, palm-mutes, and gain for days.  Doomed User almost rhapsodically drifts across sounds and styles, clearly demonstrating that Deftones don’t think progressive is a dirty word.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 10th April 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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