Deftones – Ohms

Release date: September 25, 2020
Label: Reprise Records

If you like early 2010’s Deftones, you’re going to like Ohms. Genesis starts off full of hazy crushing glory. The chorus for Ceremony will stick with you for days. Urantia satisfies the way that only a Deftones song can – it begins with a jagged riff that’s reminiscent of west-coast hardcore and played with disorienting power, gearing you up for a sustained assault. But then it veers hard in the other direction: spacious and tender. Pompeji toys with weight and tenderness. Although, a listener will immediately recognize that this is a Deftones record, you hear some new influences. The use of synthesizer on Radiant City reminded me of late 90s black metal and the guitar riffs on Ohms are sludgier than anything I’ve heard from the band previously. As a whole, Ohms is complete and cohesive.

Play: 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10

FCC: 7

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