Friday (Apr. 8) marks the release of Gore, a brand new album from Sacramento alternative metal lifers Deftones and their first since 2012’s Koi No Yokan and the 2013 passing of original bassist Chi Cheng. It is very good, a precarious mix of familiar sounds and avenues we might not have expected the band to pursue, and the eighth consecutive success from a band that seems incapable of making a bad album.
Because Deftones’ on-record batting average is so great, we’re taking on the gargantuan task of ranking each of the proper studio albums (and the serviceable B-Sides & Rarities compilation, but not the Record Store Day Covers one, since it rehashes much of the same material) once and for all. Remember, the rankings don’t mean any of these is a bad album; some are just demonstrably better than others.