So far we’ve heard one song from the forthcoming Deftones album, and “Prayers/Triangles” is a rager that won’t disappoint any longtime fans of the bands. As for the rest of the album, it might not be all that heavy, at least according to an interview that guitarist Stephen Carpenter did with Ultimate Guitar. In fact, he says that most surprising thing about Gore, due out on April 8, is that he played on it at all. He said that he wasn’t inspired by the new album at all in the early stages:
I think my proudest thing about my guitar playing on this record is just playing on the record because I didn’t want to play on the record to begin with. It wasn’t until way later once I actually got into it. I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get in to.
When we were coming up with ideas and writing the songs, the stuff that was being written, you know, the other guys’ ideas, I wasn’t too interested in it. It wasn’t the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. It wasn’t what I was expecting or wanting.
At several other times in the interview, he shouts out Meshuggah, stating that it caused him to switch over to seven string guitar. But don’t call them djent:
I thoroughly can get djent, I even have great appreciation for the bands, and I mean Meshuggah is one of my favorite bands. But it’s just not a genre. It’s just metal.
From the sound of it, the new record won’t have that much of a djent sound to it, but the author states that the album is both heavy and melodic, so we’ll see when it comes out in in a few weeks.