Last year, we reported on every bit of information we had regarding Deftones’ new album Gore, from the recording process to the many step backs it had during its production leading to its release which, according to guitarist Stephen Carpenter, it will be this coming April 8th. The original image we thought to be the album artwork was this one as that’s the image the used on their social media during the reveal of the new record, but now we know the final artwork is the one below, which is similar but totally different.
During an interview with Kerrang!, frontman Chino Moreno elaborated on the album title and artwork:
“If you look at the title and the artwork it’s about a juxtaposition that, for me, is very beautiful. I think Deftones have always flirted with dynamic and that yin-and-yang of things that are provocative and things that are beautiful. Where our last two album titles were a lot more optimistic. I think this title is intentionally different. This record is very different. I feel like “Diamond Eyes” and “Koi No Yokan” were brother-sister records in a lot of ways. They were both recording in the same way. And even though it was a tough few years we went through while making those records, I think it was important to have their optimistic outlook.”
“Today, I feel different. But we also recorded this record in a different way. I’m not saying we went in with any preconceived ideas as such, but I do think we went in knowing that we wanted to make this record a little different from the last two. And I feel, definitely, like we did that. It’s still a Deftones record—we didn’t really have any new influences that changed that—but it’s an expansion of what we were comfortable with. And it’s important to get our your comfort zone sometimes witch the music—just to be excited. It’s got a different look. A different shade of color. I’d say some shade of purple. I don’t know why, but I think it sits somewhere between pink, red and purple. Sometimes when I hear music I see color, and when it came time to work on the artwork for this batch of songs, I knew exactly what I wanted.”
He took the chance to talk more about the album on its own:
“I think this is one of our most eclectic albums. It’s where we are in our careers and in our lives. We’ve had a lot of time to try different things. But we didn’t write tons and tons of songs, maybe only 16, and there are only 11 on the record. We weren’t second guessing ourselves and we took our time being as expansive as we could be with those ideas.”
You can pre-order Gore right here.