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New Deftones Album May Arrive This Fall, Band Have Discussed A Potential “Eros” EP


Deftones‘ highly-anticipated ninth studio album may arrive this fall according to the band’s drummer, Abe Cunningham. In a new remotely conducted interview for this weekend’s ‘Download TV‘ festivities, Cunningham said of the album:

“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. Were 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.”

When asked how the new material is sounding and if it is ‘heavier’ than their previous few releases, he replied:

“It’s all that. It’s always hard to describe it. I’ll say this… We can’t help but sound like ourselves, but just being back with Terry, there’s certain sounds that we developed with Terry that kind of became sort of our core sounds, and those are back again.”

As for when it may surface, he offered:

“It should be coming along, hopefully, maybe September. I heard something. I can’t remember…”

The interview also touched upon the band’s long-shelved “Eros” album, which housed their final recordings with their latest bassist Chi Cheng prior to his 2008 car crash. When asked whether or not they would ever release it, he in part replied:

“…It was never completed, and that’s what people don’t get like ‘what, you’re just sitting on it?’ and I mean no, we’re not just sitting on it, we never finished it. And then he [Chi Cheng] got in his accident and that’s kinda where it just stopped. And quite frankly it’s not that good. There’s some songs that are really good. But I gotta be honest, it was like you know, we were just trying to get back to it and see what we can come up with then… and it’s not that it’s not good, it’s just… there’s a lot attached to it as well, you know? And I understand that people are passionate about that and they want to hear Chi‘s last musical contribution.”

When asked about potentially adding to it and finishing it, he replied:

“We’ve talked about putting out maybe a condensed version or an EP of four or five songs, something like that, and that kind of makes sense. But we have to get into all the legalities of it and all that stuff and also we have to finish it. But yeah, it would be nice for that to see the light of day, definitely.”

For the band’s upcoming new album, they reunited with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Soundgarden), recording the bulk of it last spring/summer at Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studio. Date has a long-standing relationship with the band, having been involved with their platinum debut “Adrenaline“, their platinum sophomore album “Around The Fur“, their platinum third album “White Pony” and their gold-certified 2003 self-titled outing.

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