Deftones' Chino Moreno & Stephen Carpenter

Deftones’ Chino Moreno Says Stephen Carpenter “Was Very Much Involved” With “Gore”:


Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has commented directly on the seemingly negative comments shared by guitarist Stephen Carpenter regarding the writing/recording process for the band’s new album “Gore“. Those comments, which can be read here, saw Carpenter state:

“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.”

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While the interview may have painted a bit of a bleak picture of Carpenter‘s involvement, Moreno says Carpenter eventually came around, telling

“It was pretty apparent while we were making the record that he was sort of odd man out in a way. The main thing is he sort of put himself there. He was there every day, very present in the studio there…It totally took him awhile to get invested in what we were doing, and it wasn’t our intention to not include him.

Obviously he’s one of my favorite parts of this band and what he brings to the plate is very important. But, y’know, sometimes people are in different headspaces and it’s as simple as that.

I think in the end, though, where that article may have come off (that) he was just not involved is incorrect, ’cause he was very much involved. It just took him awhile to get there.”

Moreno and Carpenter have a long history of stylistic clashes when it comes to the band’s creative process, and it looks like this latest tension was just more of the usual for them. “Gore” will be released on April 08th.

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