Chino Moreno says new Deftones album ‘Gore’ is ‘different, I’d say some shade of purple’

The Deftones front man talks 'Gore's change in direction

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has said that the new album ‘Gore’ is going to be substantially different to its two predecessors ‘Diamond Eyes’ and ‘Koi No Yokan’, describing a less optimistic angle taken on the record in terms of colours.

Speaking to Kerrang, Moreno talks about album dynamics and the mindset behind the writing, saying:

“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.”


Moreno also spoke about the record in terms of colours, adding:

“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 out of your comfort zone sometimes with 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”

Deftones confirmed the release details of ‘Gore’ last week.
They will play a gig at London’s Wembley Arena on June 3, a date originally scheduled to take place last year but which was postopned following the Paris attacks in November, before heading to Download Festival.


The track-listing for ‘Gore’ – which will be released April 8 – is as follows:

‘Acid Hologram’
‘Doomed User’
‘Geometric Headdress’
‘Hearts and Wires’
‘Pittura Infamante’
‘Phantom Bride’