The Deftones have been in the studio working on the new release and Chino Moreno has offered some clarity on the recording sessions, revealing the band wrote an “album’s worth” of material over the summer with their eyes locked on a 2020 release.
The as-of-yet-untitled record will be their ninth and their first since 2016’s “Gore”, with Moreno confirming in August last year that Deftones had “six or seven songs” in the works.
The singer hinted:
We’ve been working on our record for about a year now. We’re not doing that thing where we go in and lock ourselves in a room until it’s done – we are enjoying our time making it.
It’s been a cool process, we get together, we work for a couple of weeks, whether that’s just making noise and coming up with ideas, and then everybody just goes home and comes back to work on them a little bit more. We’ve been doing that for a little over a year or so.
This summer, we went into the studio and recorded an album’s worth of music. So, the music was pretty much done and the last few months have just been working on the lyrics and the melodies and the singing parts. So that’s pretty much where we’re at right now.
He also added:
It’ll definitely be out next year. I’m hoping that it’ll be earlier on in the year, but I feel like once I give a definitive answer or speculate exactly when, I feel like we’ll be held to it, so I want to continue on.
It’ll be out next year, hopefully earlier than later. Our biggest thing is making sure that it’s good. We’ll be performing it, once it’s out, for the next two or three years, so we want to be sure it’s the best it can be and want to make everyone happy, including ourselves.
While you wait for new music, the band has been going into their catalog, pulling out some songs they’ve never played live before, such as “Gauze” and “Smile”. I can’t wait for more confirmed dates. But who can?