Gore by Deftones represents an album that is fully representative of a band that has matured and aged and, with them getting older, their style of music has transformed and morphed.
It takes influences from a broad spectrum of their albums, most people saying it resembles White Pony in its tone and riffs. I would not disagree.
Some songs are heavy, with Doomed User perhaps being their most “thrashy” song on the album, but some of their songs, like Phantom Bride, have an almost “Digital Bath” feeling: melodic yet strong, passionate yet quiet.
For me, Doomed User, Hearts/Wires, and Rubicon stand out to me, along with Phantom Bride, as some of the best tracks Deftones has produced on the album, and Hearts/Wires, Rubicon, and Phantom Bride can even be attributed to be some of their greatest pieces of their discography. They are beautiful, potent, and cunning in their percussion, guitar riffs, and vocal force and whisk the listener away into a realm of alternative metal, filled with strong and powerful lyrics and a sound resonating with an opulence that can hardly be similar to other rock bands of this or even previous generations of the past two decades.
Gore proves that Deftones are still the rock band we know and love, but they are also a group that has grown emotionally, musically, and structurally, their music taking on experimental forms with melody and sound that few bands care or can care to replicate or try. I absolutely recommend this album.