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Interview:
deftones drew some blood while making "Gore" album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Four years between albums isn't a huge amount of time for a band to take anymore.

But deftones felt like there was an inordinate amount of curiosity about during the interim between 2012's "Koi No Yokan" and the new "Gore," which came out in April.

"I feel like we're sort of at a place where we can take our time with things," frontman Chino Moreno says by phone from his home in Bend, Ore. "We just took a little more of a leisurely approach doing ('Gore'), kind of breaking the whole writing/recording process into short little sessions. We'd do a 10-day session and break for a month and come back and do it again."

The whole process of making the 11-song set, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, took about a year and a half, including studio sessions with producer Matt Hyde. And that let the album's direction reveal itself gradually to the band as it proceeded.

"We didn't go in wtih any sort of preconceived idea of what we were trying to create," Moreno, 43, says. "Obviously we want to sort of take where we left off and get in there and try to expand on that. That's the only kind of mindset we had other than just try to have fun and make songs."

It wasn't necessarily fun for all concerned, however. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter has been outspoken about some of his issues with the album, and about how he had difficulty relating and finding parts to play in some of the material. Moreno says the rest of the band was well aware of that at the time, even acknowledging that Carpenter was "sort of the odd man out in a way."

But he counters that Carpenter "sort of put himself there."

"We made a lot of progress early on with a lot of material that Stephen wasn't involved in at the beginning of it," Moreno recalls "It totally took him awhile to get invested in what we were doing. And it wasn't our intention to exclude him. Obviously he's one of my favorite parts of this band, and what he brings to the plate is very important. It just took him awhile to get there," Moreno noted.

But that kind of conflict is part and parcel of how it's always been with deftones, according to Moreno.

"Yeah, This dynamic has existed since we've existed as a band. It's nothing really new," Moreno says "I welcome strong opinions. I think it keeps everybody real in the room; There's no tiptoeing around and keeping somebody unhappy.

"But I think at the end of the day it's one of those things; If we were unhappy being a band together, we'd have stopped doing that a long time ago. I think as much as we drive each other crazy, we appreciate what one another brings to the team."

deftones and Refused

7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.

Freedom Hill Amphitehatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights.

Tickets are $39.75-$69.75 pavilion, $29.75 lawn.

Call (248) 377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.


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