| Reprise Records | Release Date: 8th Apr 2016
Critic score distribution:
Continuing to age gracefully, Deftones deliver an emotionally divided release with Gore, one that will continue to endear and swing with your own mood — however you're feeling.
‘Gore’ is the record where Deftones double back on themselves and return to challenging their listeners.
Gore is a triumphant reminder of the band's ever-evolving sound and their continuing ability to push the boundaries of metal.
Still unique and still inspired, Deftones return to the ring for another round of beauty and brutality.
With myself and many others labeling it as a grower, I can't yet conclude where Gore lays on the quality spectrum of Deftones' discography, but it certainly isn't near the top with concrete classics Around the Fur or White Pony.
Largely flirting with conformity from a distance, ‘Gore’ really comes into its own in the latter half, when Deftones open the silo doors on their buried missiles of epic melody.
The band stop short of total reinvention, but the difference in feel and tone is absolutely palpable.
If Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan were a vindication of Deftones’ formula, Gore captures the inimitable essence of the band.
‘Gore’ is NOT the pinnacle of what Deftones’ music can be, but, as per usual from the group, it’s pretty damn solid.
They’re still ahead of their contemporaries despite not making wholesale changes to their sound from their self-titled 2003 album onwards, which tells you more about the state of mainstream radio rock than the band themselves.