Deftones
Gore


1.5
very poor

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
May 5th, 2016 | 288 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist


Once every three years I fall into the abyss that is the hyperbolic praise surrounding Deftones and every three years I am confounded by it. Walking into group of fans is akin to entering a room full of Stepford Wives--with glassed over eyes and unsettling smiles they tell me how amazing Deftones over and over again like a robot with some sort of jammed mechanism. Yet once again I fall prey to the hype, like being coaxed by the gentle and misleading guile of a deranged sociopath.

Gore, for this reviewer, is the sonic equivalent of picking up a shirt to wear only to realized that you wanked in it three days prior. Not only is it a bit of a shock, but it's disappointing and a little revolting. Then the shame comes. After the album was over I was also filled with shame, having yet again believed that Deftones could make anything other than a tepid pile of 'edgy" rock. Well you know what" They can't. The chunky hard-rock that they've been creating for years is all the band can do and for some reason that's been A-OK for the past two-ish decades.

Trying to pinpoint where Gore went wrong is like trying to describe why a school bus driving off a cliff is sad. The answers are as complex as they are blindingly obvious. The newest Deftones record fails on every level because it is musical complacency. The band arose in the late-90s/early 00s when anything with an edge was greeted with open arms. Underneath the jagged sounds of Gore lies a really bland, crooning brand of rock that is a bare and lifeless as a skeleton. Sure Chino's voice is alright, and here he's actually mixing things up a lot more which is truly welcome. But his sexy/dirty-romance lyrics come across as evocative as, well, the wanked in shirt mentioned earlier.

Gore will have its fans, as to many, each Deftones record has seemingly fallen from the skies like mana from ***ing heaven. For this listener, however, the band's latest feels as empty as the existence of Eros. It's a special kind of vapid, where its soullessness borders on offensive because Deftones have been peddling the same *** for years while those who should know better maddeningly feast upon it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2016


809 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Obviously I wrote this to shit on this band and album so any comments will be disregarded.



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oh my

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insomniac15
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May 5th 2016


4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how dare you??

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2016


16767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

dammit Eli

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iswimfast
May 5th 2016


1427 Comments


so you don't like deftones?

onionbubs
May 5th 2016


6796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

deaf tony tho...

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Gyromania
May 5th 2016


23436 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Trying to pinpoint where Gore went wrong is like trying to describe why a school bus driving off a cliff is sad. The answers are as complex as they are blindingly obvious."



0_o

Gyromania
May 5th 2016


23436 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

anywho, this isn't that great. it's nice to finally see a negative rating for this. gotta say though the review is mostly a huge rant about you hating that people love deftones. i would have liked a little more substance, or at least something that didn't read so overtly biased

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2016


18881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea this is mainly someone just whining about how much acclaim they get. I can wrap my head around someone disagreeing with all of it, but this is just dumb.

Artuma
May 5th 2016


29119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review is very silly but sput needs this

guitarded_chuck
May 5th 2016


13648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tones at their blandest is still a hard 6or7

BeyondCosby
May 5th 2016


1763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean, I'm all for a silly review but even the goofiest have some sort of... reasoning behind it. I mean, you say it's the same as all their shit, but if it's just average it wouldn't merit it being a 1.5. It seems like this review was written to piss off fan boys and to be edgy.



Also, what kind of savage jerks off in a t-shirt?

Kupasexy15
May 5th 2016


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can understand the whole Deftones not being someone's cup of tea.



And I also can get behind the shots fired at Sputnik groupthink. Everyone's an armchair critic here; very few of them actually put out content -- and thereby a piece themselves -- for comment and criticism, preferring to pronounce judgment anonymously and therefore safely behind their screen names and pics/gifs.

TheCrocodile
May 5th 2016


2926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'Once every three years I fall into the abyss that is the hyperbolic praise surrounding Deftones and every three years I am confounded by it.'



pos

Kupasexy15
May 5th 2016


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rev, blistering dissent, is refreshing. Pos.

Ocean of Noise
May 5th 2016


9774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sput needs this




In what way?

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RikRoach7
May 5th 2016


2587 Comments


Sputnik needs to get rid of the "staff reviews get featured" thing, like, right now.

Toondude10
May 5th 2016


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

geez and I thought Channing's Paramore review was terrible, this is just...wrong



"Sputnik needs to get rid of the "staff reviews get featured" thing, like, right now."

why?

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SnakeDelilah
May 5th 2016


19929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay christopher

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Valkoor952
May 5th 2016


1936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"..picking up a shirt to wear only to realized that you wanked in it three days prior..."



realize*



Also, who the fuck wanks in a shirt.

Also, this is a rant, and not a music review, being as there is no music discussion involved.





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