LISTEN: Deftones to Drop “Gore” on April 8, Share “Prayers/Triangles”

And throw a little shade Kanye's way in the process.

Sacramento beauty-metal band Deftones will release their eighth album, Gore, on April 8. Singer Chino Moreno gave a few details to NME last month, saying, “I’ve been on this crazy Morrissey kick recently—totally obsessing over his solo records…. He’s always been a favorite lyricist of mine—the beautiful poetic melancholy of it all.” (This would mark a minor departure from Moreno’s well-known devotion to The Smiths.)

In a press release announcing the album, Moreno said, “Out of respect for Pac, Big, Stevie, Michael, Hendrix, Gore is ONE of the greatest albums not the greatest, just one of.” That’s a nod to Kanye West’s recent declaration that his upcoming album—which he initially declared “album of the life”—would be “ONE of the greatest albums not the greatest just one of,” a declaration he made “Out of respect for Q-Tip, Puff, Hov, Lauren, Pharcyde, Mary, Stevie, Michael, Hendrix, James, Pete Rock, Pac, Marvin.”

And while we may not know what Kanye’s new one is called, we do have a stronger grasp of what Gore might sound like. The band released “Prayers/Triangles,” the album’s opening number, and you can hear it below.

The track’s brightness comes as a bit of a surprise. Gore is the first album the band have recorded since the 2013 death of founding bassist Chi Cheng. Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in 2008 that rendered him semi-comatose and eventually gave way to a cardiac arrest.

Listen to “Prayers/Triangles” and check out Gore‘s track list and art below.

Gore track list

1. Prayers/TrianglesDeftones-2016-Gore-Cover
2. Acid Hologram
3. Doomed User
4. Geometric Headdress
5. Hearts and Wires
6. Pittura Infamante
7. Xenon
8. (L)MIRL
9. Gore
10. Phantom Bride
11. Rubicon

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