Album #257: Deftones – Ohms

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Sacremento, California, USA
  • Label: Reprise
  • Best Track: Genesis

Deftones are one of those bands who have honed their own sound so much over the years, you know that as long as you like Deftones, you’re going to like a new Deftones album. Sure, some of them are better than others, and by no means do they all sound the same, but they always sound like Deftones. They’re like alternative metal’s answer to the Fall in that respect.

I hadn’t heard any of the teaser singles released prior to ninth album Ohms, so I went in about as uninformed as I could have been for a Deftones record. What I found was the best album I’ve heard from Chino Moreno and the boys for quite some time – possibly since their self-titled album of 2003.

It’s perhaps no coincidence that Ohms sees the return of that album’s producer, Terry Date, and it does reignite the wash of guitars that have seem some critics and fans argue that there are elements of shoegaze in Deftones’ work.

Opening track ‘Genesis’ is perfect. I’ve never heard a Deftones album that doesn’t start with an absolute cracker. The echoing caws of “balance” from Chino are haunting and powerful, and the euphoric “climbing out of the ashes” are striking as his voice stretches across the track.

Other magic moments include ‘Pompeji’ with its quiet, bubbling verse and loud, provocative chorus, and the majorly pissed-off ‘This Link is Dead’.

I didn’t expect anything other than Idles’ Ultra Mono to be my album of the week, but so far, these old codgers are winning the race.

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