Deftones released their eighth studio album on Friday (April 8th), titled Gore, and in celebration of its arrival the group also began streaming “Phantom Bride,” a track from the album that features a guest appearance from Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Deftones singer Chino Moreno told us about getting Cantrell to play on the tune: [“Oh man, that was like just one of those moments where we were sitting back listening to the demos of the song, just like talkin’ to each other, thinking like, ‘Wow, it would be awesome to have a different guitar voice on this part.’ So we sort of started throwing names into the hat and one of the first names was obviously Jerry. It was one of those things where like it just fell into place. I texted him and he was like, ‘Yeah, send me the song.’ I sent it to him, the next day he sent me back a demo of his guitar over it.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . guitar over it.)

  • Gore follows up Deftones’ 2012 effort Koi No Yokan. The first single from the new disc, “Prayers/Triangles,” is Number 10 on the rock radio chart.
  • Deftones recently added a series of summer U.S. tour dates to their upcoming itinerary, kicking off on August 2nd in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and wrapping up in Mesa, Arizona on August 31st.
  • The jaunt follows a headlining U.S. tour that begins on May 8th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will hit some major festivals in May and June as well, including Rock On The Rangeand a number of events in Europe.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to “Phantom Bride”:

SIDE NOTES: As they did with Koi No Yokan, Deftones are winning the critics over with Gore. A review posted at Loudwire called it “one of the more challenging albums in the band’s musical canon,” adding that the band has “mastered the heavy/soft dynamics, taking the listener on an ebb-and-flow journey as if you’re riding the waves of heaviness.” Meanwhile, Alternative Nation declared, “Gore is an achievement that many great veteran alternative rock bands have attempted, but are often times unsuccessful, which is recording an album that embodies their progression as a band, while also capturing the energy and emotion from their first few records.”

INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?

Felonious Punk wrote: “Been listening to this album all day. It’s banging and just gets better with each spin.”

BlueFlameFord wrote: “Hasn’t struck me as a memorable album yet, but Deftones will be Deftones so i’m sure it’ll grow on me.”

Casa Blanca wrote: “Gore reveals its layers and nuances more and more with each spin. I’m literally itching to hear it more today.”

Junior Moore wrote: “I’m not too in to the deftones, but something about this one has me interested. I’mma check it out.”