Updates on a new record from Deftones have been coming in slowly, ever since their lead singer Chino Moreno took on side-project Crosses – which is now finally in its live incarnation. This week, however, the frontman provided some nice details on the status of his main act’s seventh album, and what it might sound like.
During Crosses’ short tour through South America, Chino spoke to Chilean news portal La Tercera. When asked about Deftones’ progress on their follow-up to 2010’s Diamond Eyes, he mentioned that the new LP’s writing process was completed last Wednesday (March 28), and that the actual recording will begin very soon.
Commenting the sound of the new material, he admittedly used a cliche: “I know everybody says this, but I believe this is the best record we’ve made. I’m very enthusiastic, because it sounds futuristic in comparison to our last one, so it feels like a step forward.”
He added that it holds more resemblance to 2000’s White Pony, when compared to their previous work: “The songs are very different from each other, not heavier or slower, but more dynamic, going towards several directions; it’s heavy, but beautiful.” Given that White Pony is often considered to be the band’s best, it’d be safe to raise our expectations just a little.
The singer also talked about the health of their bass player Chi Cheng, who has been in a coma since an accident in 2008: “Every day is different, and he keeps on fighting. It’s been three years already, and he’s making small advancements, daily, but he can’t speak or communicate. Sometimes he can follow small instructions, like lifting a leg or a hand, so we wish for the best and maintain hope. But no doctor can predict when he’s going to wake up.”
While the as-of-yet untitled record doesn’t have a solid release date, guitarist Stephen Carpenter mentioned a summer 2012 release – which lines up with Chino’s comments. Lastly, Deftones’ Chilean fan site points us to producer Nick Raskulinecz’s website, which confirms that he is reprising his role as a producer for the band, after his great work on Diamond Eyes.
We’ll keep you posted.