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The heaviest riff Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter has written this year is not on Ohms. Hear it now

Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter
(Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

Deftones’ fans have understandably been raving about guitarist Stephen Carpenter’s contributions to the band’s new album Ohms, but the heaviest riff the guitarist has written and recorded this year is not actually on the Sacramento quintet’s ninth studio album. To hear it, one must listen instead to US/UK collective Sol Invicto, and their heavyweight new single A Reason For Being.

Officially formed in 2008, Sol Invicto describe themselves as a “private collaborative project” between guitarist Carpenter, producers Richie Londres and Technical Itch (aka Mark Caro) and Sikth drummer Dan Foord. Sikth bassist James Leach is also present on the band’s new single.

In a statement the band say: “Even as artists who create music for dystopian times, we never expected to be actually living in those times. With all that's happening right now, we have decided to share a new song and our music, which is our Ikigai, or, reason for being. Be well!”

Sol Invito are offering membership to their Private Members Association. The annual fee, which promises new music sent monthly to your inbox and includes a rare and limited pressing of their debut album Initium on double vinyl, signed by the band, is £100.