It’s almost been 3 years so we’ve gotten to hear anything new from alt-metal legends, Deftones, and not a lot has happened since then. They released Koi No Yokan back in 2012, and they lost their former bassist Chi Cheng to heart failure in 2013, but otherwise, the band has been fairly inactive. Most of the members of the band have their own side-projects anyway: guitarist Stephen Carpenter has Sol Invicto and Chino Moreno has Palms, who have only released their debut album, and Crosses who released an album just last year. Now, however, it seems the band is about ready to release their newest album! Recently, Chino Moreno talked to Rolling Stone about the progress of the new album:
"The songs are amazing, and we wrote them in a really cool way. We had all of us in a room together with one person expressing an idea and another person jumping on it. The songs are really built as a collective. We have five guys who have almost completely different takes on music, so when it works, it works great."
"I think it's a little more of a heady record. I feel like we've gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven't done in the past.”
"It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record," he continues. "But it's definitely a Deftones record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We're not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box.”
According to Rolling Stone, the band is officially done tracking the album, with the final track number coming out to a whopping 16 tracks! Now, it’s just a matter of mixing and mastering the whole thing, which led to the announcement that the album might be finished by sometime next fall, maybe. Along with this new interview to build hype for the new album, the band has also released a preview of one of their new songs being mastered:
Despite there only being guitar and drums in the clip, the clean guitar work and heavy, bassy drums really stand out. It may not be enough to tie everyone over until this fall, but at least it’s something to get excited for!