Throughout the Deftones twenty-plus year history, you can never say that they rested on their laurels. Since their 1995 debut, Adrenaline, the band is always sought to push their opposite ends of their spectrums further. The main thing that has always kept me interested in this band is their propensity to make songs that could tear you apart or make you unapologetically romantic. Their two recent releases, 2010’s Diamond Eyes and 2012’s Koi No Yokan balanced both the ethereal/spaced music with the brutal, almost violent sound of the band. This brings us to “Prayers/Triangles,” the band’s first single in almost four years for the upcoming Gore. The song manages to encompass what we would expect from a mature Deftones release, but still feels like you have a new coat of paint on it.
There’s two elements to the song that are the major driving forces that is part beauty and beast. The song starts with a more calm and dreamy guitar rhythm from guitarist Stephen Carpenter with lead singer Chino Moreno‘s vocals to go along with it. The chorus erupts with soaring guitars and faster percussion, giving Moreno the stage to use his higher vocals almost as a cry of urgency. Drummer Abe Cunningham keeps the song together through the various tempo changes along with bassist Sergio Vega. The harmonies are also a beautiful touch as well. In keeping to their esthetic, they make the song anthemic even with the bridge as Moreno’s high-pitched vocals create a push-and-pull clash against Carpenter’s guitars.
The first single of an upcoming album is a snapshot of what the overall work is going to be. If I listened to this song with a friend who is hearing the Deftones for the first time, the greatness is that I can point them into any of their discography of albums and the motifs in “Prayers/Triangles” are covered. As the band grows older, they don’t take to the mainstream and strive to perfect the road that they helped lay which is why they continue to thrive with each release. We will be anxiously awaiting Gore.
Listen to the full single over on the Deftones website.