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Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter On “Gore”: “I Didn’t Want To Play On The Record To Begin With”


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Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter spoke to Ultimate Guitar in an interview that centered around his gear, but also shed light on some tension during the writing process for the band’s new album “Gore“, out April 08th. Carpenter and frontman Chino Moreno have been known to clash in the past, with Carpenter‘s input often veering towards the heavier side and Moreno‘s to the more melodic. It would appear this upcoming record is no exception. When asked what songs or guitar parts he was proud of on the record, Carpenter¬†offered:

“Oh god. I think my proudest thing about my guitar playing on this record is just playing on the record because I didn’t want to play on the record to begin with. It wasn’t until way later once I actually got into it. I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get in to.”

When asked what was keeping him from being interested, he replied:

“I don’t know. I just really like metal and I love all the metal that’s being played now. I wish everybody would stop saying “djent” though. That’s just dumb. It’s just metal.”

He continued:

“When we were coming up with ideas and writing the songs, the stuff that was being written, you know, the other guys’ ideas, I wasn’t too interested in it. It wasn’t the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. It wasn’t what I was expecting or wanting

He later added:

“I would never leave the band that I started but the band started leaving me, I can’t control that.”

“I mean, I have a great time for the most part. This record has been a struggle and we have got issues that I do not want to leave home but how things will be in the future, I do not know. But I know what I will do and what I will not do and there are some things that I will not do in the future because I just don’t agree with it.”

Despite his apparent dour view on the creative process, Carpenter did go on to state that he and the band plan to tour throughout the year. As part of the chat, he also revealed himself to be a djent fan of sorts:

“I thoroughly can get djent, I even have great appreciation for the bands, and I mean Meshuggah is one of my favorite bands. But it’s just not a genre. It’s just metal.”

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