It’s all about the several-second-audio-snippet-genital-tease days. Most recently, it’s how At The Drive-In teased the big announcement that they were back together (again), with new music and a world tour to boot. Then more recently still, as in not quite now but just now, we have Deftones following up that casual and unassuming album release date drop, by guitarist and co-founder Stephen Carpenter, with a fully fledged several-second-audio-snippet-genital-tease.
Admittedly, 30 seconds is significantly more than several, but it’s still a tease god damn it.
The audio with accompanying flamingos in flight video (because of course) appeared on the Deftones website after a press release from the band stating it would do so soon, but would only staying for a few hours only. Now that is a tease. However, because the internet, you can still catch it floating around on YouTube (see: below).
Aside from the flamboyance of flamingos, the video also reveals a single word, and that word is ‘Gore’. Appearing to confirm the title that the rumour mill has long been circulating for the band’s eighth album, follow-up to Koi No Yokan, and first since the death of bassist Chi Cheng.
And then it was gone. No other details have been revealed about the album, but we have a title and a date now. Things are definitely hotting up. That’s not forgetting that the video was accompanied by that audio snippet, and for just 30 seconds manages to get quite a bit of ground covered. The sound teasing at both the band’s ambient and ethereal side as well as their more muscular and heavy side. That being said, said heavier side seems to have an almost euphoric feel to it. Albeit it an aggressive euphoria at that. There’s a distinct melodious post-rock crescendo vibe going on.
To further whet your appetite, why not muse on these words Chino Moreno gave in interview on the Radio 1 Rock Show, about his feeling of the album:
“I can’t really compare it to our last couple of records. I mean, those two records were done in a very similar manner where we locked ourselves in a room for a short period of time and wrote and recorded it. And therefore, I feel like we sort of really captured this moment in time, and the records sort of sound cohesive because of that. This record was done sort of over a year, spread out over these little, tiny writing sections. So it sounds a bit more fragmented, but in a good way. I mean, I feel like you put on one song and it’s completely different from the song after it, or previous to it. So it’s not like we had this one main idea and we went in and we sort of went with that vibe. I mean, the vibe’s sort of all over the place. So, like any Deftones record, I mean, it’s got dynamics and there’s loud aggressiveness and there’s mellowness to it, but it’s all sort of got an ebb and flow to it. I don’t know… It’d be hard for me to just put it in words exactly what it sounds like. It’s definitely a Deftones record. The way I look at it is it’s a gradual step from where we last were.”
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