I like Deftones. Well, most of the time. They have a horrible habit of doing amazing things in some albums (Adrenaline, Around the Fur, White Pony, Diamond Eyes, Koi No Yokan) and then in others they seems to just give up and play some shit that’s just plain painful to listen to (I'm looking at you Saturday Night Wrist and that God awful self-titled album). Anyway, they've done a new album called Gore and I'm now going to decide which category this album falls under.
Absolutely the shit category. There, that didn't take me long. And believe me, I do not state this with joy. After the joys of Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan I was hoping these guys were back on track after their two-album wobble. This is not the case.
Put simply, Gore is the worst Deftones album yet. The most painful to listen to of them all. Guitars blindly screech and wail for forty-eight merciless minutes as Chino Moreno moans and screams hollowly over the top. Mostly slow, dissonant and without structure, this album truly is the aural equivalent of drowning in tar. The only song worthy of praise has to be Doomed User, which takes us back to the You've Seen The Butcher vibe but without the kickass chorus. Or kickass verse for that matter. Geometric Headdress has some decent moments, but is overall lacking in substance just like the rest of the album.
Gore is without energy. It is without power. It is without the crunch. Without the umph, the get-up-and-go and the sheer unstoppable sound that made me like Deftones. Gore is just loud. And turning up the volume on shit like this is just announcing you're shit to the whole world.
If, by any chance, you're a terrorist interrogator for a government funded military prison or whatever, you may want to consider purchasing a copy of Gore for torture purposes. It would save on water and would probably turn out better results. I want to know what happened to Deftones between Koi No Yokan and this disc full of dredge they call music. Did their balls drop off or something? Did they forget how to play their instruments? When listening to this before it was mastered and burned to disc, were they happy with what they had produced? I certainly wouldn't be.
If you're new to Deftones and want a decent album that really shows their best, get a copy of Around The Fur. Don't buy or listen to this trash. And shape up Deftones for the fucks sake, it's not good when the best thing on your album is the damn cover. I was really looking forward to Gore and you guys have left me frustrated and angry. Just like my last hooker. Dicks.