BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT of 2016
Being a fan of Deftones since the release of their debut album, Adrenaline, all the way back in 1995, I have to say I was pretty taken aback by how great Koi No Yokan was upon its release. At that time in 2012, it seemed as if the band was achieving new heights, which was especially impressive given their recent dip in quality (though I enjoyed Saturday Night Wrist, it is my opinion that Deftones and Diamond Eyes are mostly bad albums).
I came to believe that KNY was the most complete, and arguably best, Deftones album until that point so I was heavily anticipating the release of Gore. Sadly, it turned into a major disappointment. To me, this sounds like a band that is struggling internally with what type of band they’re trying to be. They have always managed to incorporate a diverse range of influences into their compositions, however, this time around, their heavier parts seem more forced than ever.
This is another album that found its way onto a lot of year-end best-of lists and I have a difficult time comprehending what others saw in it. While there are some interesting ideas at play here (Abe Cunningham is still one of the best drummers in rock – see “Xenon“), I really feel that these guys are capable of so much more.