Deftones sampler / turntablist Frank Delgado recently talked to Fuse about the band’s new album Gore, set to drop April 8th. He touched on a number of subjects, including inspiration, the subjectivity of what’s “heavy” and the recent unhappiness expressed by Stephen Carpenter.

Delgado on how the band aims to hit the sweet spot between heavy and soft: “We know when it sucks because we just won’t keep working on it. If there’s an idea and we keep twisting it and turning it and building on it, we obviously think it’s good and we keep working on it. We edit along the way. We’ve never been that type of band where we have 40 songs and we pick the best 12 for the record.”

  • He continues: “It would be cool to be able to have that, but we’ve never been that kind of band. We don’t go into a record thinking we have to do something a certain way. It just doesn’t happen. The reason our records are so dynamic with these highs and lows, the heavy and soft, the quiet and low is that’s just emotions that comes from being in a room with five guys for any amount of time.”
  • Delgado goes on to say that the band refuses to be constricted to a specific genre: “There’s no way in hell we’ve ever been like, ‘Oh, we need to be a heavy metal band. We need to make a heavy song.’ Heavy is different to different people. It’s different to each of us, the five of us. It’s selfish, because we don’t really care what people expect or want. We just do what we do.”
  • Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter recently made waves when he said he was unhappy playing on the current record, and Carpenter touched on that too, saying: “We’ve learned to try different things and find what works. We just want to make really good records. We have to find different ways to make it good for everyone. We don’t want to force anyone to make something when they don’t want to make a record.”

Questions for the comments!

  • Do you think the band consistently fits squarely into the heavy metal genre?
  • Do you think Stephen Carpenter should have kept his unhappiness to himself?
  • Do you think bands that think about what their fans want end up doing a disservice to them in the end?