Q&A: Deftones Talk 'Gore' Album, Tour Plans & Their 'Ugly-Pretty' Sound

Q&A: Deftones Talk 'Gore' Album, Tour Plans & Their 'Ugly-Pretty' Sound

Deftones are an institution. Long before the idea of delicate buildups in aggressive, alternative metal became popularized, the California band were tinkering in a sonic space they call "ugly-pretty." Their songs are like soundscapes you can mosh to: Complicated, but interspersed with moments of respite. It's always been this way, and it only gets better with time. 

At the top of this year the group revealed that they would release their eighth full-length, their first in four years. It's a lengthy break between studio albums, but one they claim was necessary. We talked to keyboardist Frank Delgado about the new album, Gore, just how they make that unique Deftones sound, touring after the Paris attacks and more.