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New Deftones Album is Complete, Band Eyeing September Release

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The Deftones are moving at a typically Deftonesian pace on their new album, which they once promised would be out in 2019, but it seems we’ll get to hear it sooner rather than later: drummer Abe Cunningham indicated in a new interview that the record has now been fully mixed and has moved into the mastering phase. What’s more, he hinted at a possible September release.

Speaking to Download TV as part of this weekend’s virtual celebration of the canceled U.K. festival Download, Cunningham said of the album’s progress:

“We actually tracked everything over the summer, last summer—June and July—we were in the studio tracking. And we’re just taking our time. But we actually just completed everything. We’re mixing…. We were down in L.A. recording, but we mixed up in Seattle.

“We’re working with our old pal Terry Date, who did a bunch of our earlier records and stuff too. He’s up there with this while distancing thing, it was a bit rough, but we figured out a way to kind of do the mixes without being there. It’s a lot better when we’re all in the room; we can knock it out quick and argue and do our things. But, yeah, we just completed that. It’s getting mastered right now, and that’s been the main thing. So it’s been something to do in this strange off time.”

Later, when asked when the record might surface, he was coy, offering simply: “It should be coming along, hopefully, maybe September. I heard something. I can’t remember…”

Take that timeline with a heaping spoonful of salt: like we said, Deftones are gonna Deftones, and they always take longer than they say they will. But who knows, maybe we’ll be sitting here in three months time with new music in our virtual hands.

[via The PRP]

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