As a lifelong fan of the band I’ve become accustomed to the eerie wailing of Chino’s voice in unison with the frantic guitar strumming of the Sacramento metal veterans but when playing Gore for the first time, had no idea what to expect nor feel.
Hailing from Sacramento, California the band formed in 1988 and consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion) and Sergio Vega (bass). Their pioneering defiance of the metal genre gave birth to numetal despite the fact that their sound is laden with progressive sampling and far-out backtracks.
Thanks to a man named Crowbar I was given the gift of this surreal peace of sound as a birthday gift, and fortunatly it came with the long lost, highly coveted thing known as a lyric sleeve!
After having listened to all 8 of their albums and being lucky enough to have pit access at their gig in South Africa last year I now have a whole new respect for the haunting moans of Chino’s stellar vocals and Stephen Carpenter’s erratic change of tempo and pace.
The style a mix of Around the Fur and some of the newer albums-is lyrically on par with every word ever spewed forth by the titans of numetal, tis an album of longing with the hallmark sound of distorted guttural guitars that slide their way into the symphonic embrace that is Chino’s harmonious voice.
With themes that run from the collapsed hearts of love lost to the nihilistic urge for self‑destruction this album is nothing short of a masterpiece. Perhaps I’m bias but when all that saturates the airwaves from 9 – 5 this record is a breath of fresh, alternative, rocking air!
Don’t believe me? Check out the surreal video for Prayers/Triangles below:
More instrumental and a tad more far out than their overall offerings, it feels and listens as if a beautiful portrait is being painted in words and should reverberate the lost freak that resides inside us all.
Not as hard but with a little more feel this album will most certainly stand the test of time and stands on its own as another chapter in the vast and incredible body of work that Deftones have bequeathed us with in their 28 years of creating musical masterpieces.
My recommendation is that you dive deep into this album with your vice of choice and get taken away to a fantastic world where all that matters is the ebb and flow of another album that may take time to grow on you but will almost certainly resonate on an emotional level, provided of course you believe in such things.
What else can I say other than kick back, grab a brew and play this puppy through, scream along and just enjoy the melody as you figure it out for yourself.
Veteran freelance journalist & student of Gonzo who’s every word can only pay homage.
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson