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Recorded at Henson Studios and Trainwreck Studios,Ohmsis an other-worldly body of work meticulously crafted by the 5 piece band. It is a magnificent tour de force and their first album in 4 years since the critically acclaimedGoreLP in 2016. The band, which includes Chino Moreno, Frank Delgado, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, and Sergio Vega, has produced a dense LP with every member firing on all cylinders. The album also boasts a familiar collaborator in veteran producer and engineer Terry Date, who worked on 1995’sAdrenaline,1997’sAround the Furand 2000’sWhite Pony. All of the above assembles and sets the stage to deliverOhms;10 tracks of raw escapism and unparalleled grooves that have made Deftones' sound singular for over two decades.
- Product Dimensions : 12.28 x 12.44 x 0.31 inches; 9.24 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Warner Bros.
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Date First Available : August 21, 2020
- Label : Warner Bros.
- ASIN : B08G94T1LW
- Number of discs : 1
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The chords are a treat to the ears, with Steph playing the custom 9 string guitar. The riffs are heavier, the bass is banging, and the drums are kicking like they haven't in a while, kicking it up a few notches from their last release.
People are right to point out that, in general, it doesn't sound like the "usual" Deftones..... But why is that bad? You can hear Chino having fun, you can recognize Abe's style (that really comes out on a few tracks) Steph's shredding and Sergio is slapping some groove on it, they're just going about it a different way; a very, very good way. A fresh way.
The album is about resistance and balance, and that is apparent in every track...... whether it be through the lyrics, the discipline on the drum set, the tempo changes, the overall musical number in contrast with the vocal elements..... It's mmmmm mmmmmm good.
Side note, I personally think this is some of Abe's best.
I'll admit, I had certain expectations knowing Terry was at the helm again. Those expectations were not met with Ohms, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It just means it will take a few more spins for me to understand the album and shed those expectations. And this album does in fact need some repeated listens for it to start to gel. It's not super accessible (again, not necessarily a bad thing), benefits from a good set of headphones (rather than the crappy speakers on your laptop), and requires some thought while listening to it. It demands you pay attention to it. There's a lot of texture and nuance here, and at first blush it's hard to find Deftones DNA. Sure, it sounds like there are elements of Gore, Koi No Yokan, and Saturday Night Wrist underpinning the aesthetic, but a lot of the chord progressions and melodies are new territory so far as I can tell. But it doesn't come off as a Chino side project either. This is very much a new animal, which is why casual listeners and/or longtime fans will take this one kind of hard. The interesting thing about any Deftones album is its ability to make you appreciate what came before it. I had a rough time with Gore, and while I think overall Ohms might be a better album (the mix is better, at least), I can honestly look back and appreciate things on Gore that I didn't get on Ohms. I might even say the best songs on Gore are better than any of the tracks on Ohms. That's the hardest part of this album, the lack of any one track that immediately grabs you, and you're like, "Yeah." Again, not a bad thing per se. Some of my favorite songs are those that took a while to come around to. At any rate, Ohms is experimental, avant garde metal if there ever was such a thing. I expect it will age decently, but I think I will always miss the familiarity you get, even in scant amounts, on every other Deftones album.