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New Deftones album almost complete

By | Published on Wednesday 4 July 2012


Deftones seventh album, the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Diamond Eyes’, is at the mixing stage, frontman Chino Moreno has revealed, which the band hoping for an October release.

Speaking to Billboard about the as-yet-untitled record, Moreno said: “It’s not a super fast or slow record. It’s very dynamic. Some of my favourite things about Deftones are the dynamics. Yes, we’re a heavy band, but we’re not just in-your-face aggro the whole time, punching you in the face. There’s a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there’s also this very soothing element where there’s a lot of soundscapes rather than attack, attack, attack the whole time. I understand that’s a big part of our sound, but I really feel like we reached a peak on our dynamics on this record with those two qualities – the beauty of something and just straight, ruthless aggression”.

Explaining how they approached the writing and recording of this album, he added: “It was important that we wanted to not drag it out,” he says. “We have a well-documented history of taking forever to make records. But with our last record we did it in a really short, good amount of time, probably four or five months from the time we started writing until we finished it. For us, that was record time, so this time the idea was: ‘Let’s go in and start a record on this date and let’s try to be finished by summertime and keep this work ethic we kind of stumbled upon on the last one’, and we did”.

He added that with the new Deftones album almost complete, he is ready to finish work on the debut EP from Palms, the band he formed earlier this year with former ISIS members Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide: “The music’s all been recorded and everything, and obviously I’ve been engulfed in the Deftones record. But I told them as soon as I was done, we would record the vocal stuff. The songs are long as hell, so it’s like a full LP. I don’t know what it’ll be like or when it’s going to be done or released, but it’s a project I think is pretty rad”.