In a new interview, Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter talks about the challenge he faced in playing on Deftones new album, and it isn’t one you’d be likely to guess: he wasn’t feeling the new Deftones songs.
“When we were coming up with the ideas and writing the songs, the stuff that was being written, you know, the other guys’ ideas, I wasn’t too interested in it,” he tells Ultimate-Guitar.com. “It wasn’t the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. My band is going one direction and I am going another one currently.”
He continues, “I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get into. 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 metal.”
When asked if he would ever leave the Deftones lineup, Carpenter responds, “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 don’t agree with it.”
Gore will be released April 8th.