Following the process of new Deftones albums coming to life is a lot like that of Tool and System of a Down in the relentless fervor the band’s fans display for every little detail connected to it. The difference, of course, is that Deftones inevitably always power through and get it done, although rarely without some kind of turmoil or drama along the way.
“There are six or seven songs, which are still mutating. They are very powerful, and I am anxious because, as I told you before, it has been a collaborative process. I think all our albums were postcards of what we were going through at each moment. Either with ‘Adrenaline‘ (1995), we were boys, with ‘White Pony‘, we had matured a little, with ‘Diamond Eyes‘ (2010) or with which we are recording. Everyone has their own feeling, because it belongs to an era. Today we are older guys, I suppose, but we still enjoy making songs with marked riffs, cool melodies and a lot of groove. It is fun.”
As for the aforementioned drama, Deftones fans may remember that guitarist Stephen Carpenter had some issues with the direction of the band’s 2016 release Gore. To that end, Moreno offered the following on Carpenter’s involvement this time around:
“We really want Stephen to have a strong role on all the albums, but in this case [‘Gore‘] it did not turn out the way we wanted. Most of his problems were not about Deftones, but about personal things. The best part is that now we are writing songs for the new album, and unlike Gore, it’s been a joint effort.”
We can only hope it’s all smooth sailing from here! There’s no timeline set for the next album yet but we will, of course, keep you informed.
Deftones will soon embark on a South American tour with Quicksand opening. Bassist Sergio Vega will be pulling double-duty.