The new outfit ‘Ohms’ from long-standing band Deftones has finally arrived after a long four-year wait since their prior ‘Gore’.
I went in pretty much blind before listening to ‘Ohms’, not listening to either of the two singles that led up to the release, and being someone who enjoyed ‘Gore’, I had high expectations. That was pretty foolish.
Opening the album with ‘Genesis’, a growing synth plays alongside a slow but building bass for some time, the track finally dips in – two clacks of drummer Abe Cunningham’s sticks and it’s all systems go with heavy guitar riffs that I’ve come to love from Deftones and slight distortion on Chino Moreno’s vocals. It sets the album up for success from the beginning. It’s easy on the ears, especially when it kicks in.
Little did I know moving through ‘Ohms’ track by track, my heart would gradually close for it.
‘Ceremony’ holds an almost melancholic vibe to it overall; just like “Genesis’, it features powerful riffs once again. Disappointingly ‘Urantia’ followed suit, with high energy riffs to start and then, just nothing exciting – zero charisma. Three songs in and it feels forced and already, too long.
‘Pompeji’ begins softly with more gentle chords and vocals; I was overjoyed to hear that. I thought to myself “Oh I’ve got a good feeling about this”, hoping for a track to break the body of work up slightly, yet I was served up a song that flopped between a welcome change in its delicacy and the norm for Deftones.
‘Radiant City’ features a riff very similar to the famous riff from ‘Ace of Spades’ by Motorhead, except it was partnered by whiny vocals instead of a powerful voice like late Motorhead frontman and legend Lemmy.
Closing the album is the title track ‘Ohms’, I can see why they chose the songs they did to be the singles because they might be the only two tunes worth listening to. It definitely proves itself to be a grand finale, for something that wasn’t so grand.
As an album ‘Ohms’ presents itself with many problems such as; track length, repetitiveness, and no real character or direction, I feel like I’m being forced to listen to an encore at the end of each song. Almost as if I’d listen to the first track and then track two through nine was one long song. It’s an album that had great potential and four years to be written.