Stephen Carpenter says he didn’t want to play on new Deftones record

Guitarist talks about going in a different direction to his band

Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter says that playing on the band’s new record was an achievement for him because he wasn’t into their new music.

Speaking to, he opened up about the challenges he faced when recording ‘Gore’, also expressing his disinterest in the LP.

Carpenter explained: “When we were coming up with the 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. My band is going one direction and I am going another one currently.”


He continued: “I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get into. I just really like metal, and I love all the metal that’s being played now. I wish everybody would stop saying ‘djent’ though. That’s just dumb. It’s metal.”

When asked if he’d ever leave the band, the guitarist replied: “I would never leave the band that I started, but the band started leaving me. I can’t control that. I mean, I have a great time for the most part.

“This record has been a struggle, and we have got issues that I do not want to leave home, but how things will be in the future, I do not know. But I know what I will do, and what I will not do, and there are some things that I will not do in the future because I don’t agree with it.”

‘Gore’ will be released April 8.