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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Speaks About His Deftones Cameo, Chino Moreno Calls New Album “A Challenge”


Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell has told Metal Hammer about his collaboration with the Deftones on the forthcoming new album from the latter, which tentatively is scheduled for a September 25th release date. He said of how it came together:

Deftones and I have known each other for years, and we’re also under the same management. Chino sent over the song file and I thought it was really great, cool and moody, so I worked on it that night and threw something down. He sent me a file of them jamming the song live, I sent it back with the idea I laid down, and Chino thought it was perfect. I waited until they got back in the studio and then came in and laid it down. So, it was pretty easy, and I think it’s going to be a great song. Chino’s a really talented guy and an amazing frontman, and they’re a band that has a sound that’s uniquely their own.”

On his specific contribution:

“I play the guitar solo and the middle section of the song, and then did some color work on the outro as well. I was originally just going to play the solo, but they wanted me to keep going.”

He further added:

“It’s pretty apparent to me that it has the potential to be a really great song and a very big, epic-sounding tune. I actually haven’t heard the finished version of it yet, so I don’t know what Chino put on there. There weren’t any vocals when I played it, so I’m still looking forward to hearing that myself, because I’m sure it’s going to be amazing.”

As for the sound of the album, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told the aforementioned publication:

“In a lot of ways, that’s the hardest question. I feel like each album is a snapshot of a time and place of our band. When I listen to, say, Around The Fur, it takes me right back to that time and place. You just have to capture the vibe of the time. I think we did that on this record, too. It’s not like a typical riff-rock record. It’s not full of ballads, either. This one is a challenge. We made a point of thinking about what we have learned from songwriting over the years to structure stuff a little differently. Believe me, this isn’t a case of, ‘Oh, that worked last time, so let’s just do it again.’ We definitely wanted to avoid doing that.”

Moreno also voiced a similar opinion in a recent issue of Kerrang!, offering:

“I think this is one of our best albums – and I know it’s a cliché to say the thing you’re working on is the best. My favorite Deftones record is probably still “Around The Fur“. Maybe the songwriting wasn’t as great back then, but I’ll tell you what: it was one of the times of our lives where nothing else in the world mattered apart from writing those songs. Musically, I think this new one is up to par, if not better than anything we’ve done.”

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