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Deftones Discuss New Album, Finish Teasing Its Rumored Title


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Deftones look to have finished teasing their new album title overnight with a final teaser video for their track “Street Carp” via their Instagram story. In addition to some apparent hidden Morse code and more, the title of the record was finally revealed to be “Ohms“—as per the initial letter of a string of videos shared for previously released songs in recent days. This is the same title which the band’s frontman Chino Moreno announced in an interview several weeks back before the band’s camp had it scrubbed from the internet.

In other news, the group are featured in a new cover story from Kerrang! which was published today (August 19th) and finds them discussing this upcoming ninth studio album. When asked via that conversation if the new album is heavy, Moreno replied:

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“Some parts of it are angry. But have we ever made records that are just angry from beginning to end? No, we’ve never done that.”

Later in this discussion it was revealed that Moreno himself decided to go to therapy and that the process somewhat influenced his lyrical approach. He said of that:

“I’ve definitely gone through a lot just dealing with myself. After all the years of doing what we’ve been doing and living the way I’ve lived, I had to do some introspective stuff. I did some therapy, which I’d never done.

I always felt, like, ‘Why would I talk to somebody I don’t know about my personal feelings?’ But I did end up going to see somebody, and it was a whole different experience when you’re talking to somebody who doesn’t know you, doesn’t know you from a band. You start talking about yourself from your childhood on, and start making sense of why and how you became the way you are.

I realized why I made the decisions I’ve made in my life, good or bad. It’s cool to figure that stuff out. It’s scary, too, but it’s definitely healthy. Some of the themes that reappear in the record are just about being able to recognize the choices that you made in life and figure out how to change certain things you might not like about yourself.”

He continued:

“I think a lot of people deal with this, but at some point if you’re unhappy, or you’re sad, lonely or angry… I, er… I had times where out of nowhere I’d be mad. As you can tell from some of the songs that I’ve written over my time, my emotions have always kind of been all over the place (laughs). A lot of times I’m not able to hold my composure and I’ll be a dick to my closest friends or family sometimes.

And I’m not mad at them, I’m probably mad at myself when I know I can do better. I don’t want to be too specific. It’s just about how, if you’ve made a decision and it didn’t make you feel good, then how do you change that? You hold yourself accountable. You need to look at yourself.

A lot of people need to do that, and it’s not the easiest thing to do. But when you do, you learn a little bit more, and then you can start making little adjustments, maybe you wake up a little bit happier the next day, or just make better decisions…”

When asked if the new album represented a ‘rebirth’ for him, he replied:

“I won’t say it’s that literal. I don’t feel like I’m this completely different person. I still feel pretty much myself. But when I listen to it now, I do hear some of these things – a sort of metamorphosis.”

In the months leading up to the record, much hype was shared in regards of the increased involvement of guitarist Stephen Carpenter has on the new album—Carpenter somewhat infamously had some detachment with the group’s previous record “Gore. Addressing how that was now the case this time around, Moreno offered:

“When you’ve made a lot of records with the same people, everybody has to be engaged. We’ve learned the hard way. A perfect example would be ‘Gore‘, when Stef basically admitted, like, ‘I didn’t have much to do with this record.’ And that was not because we didn’t want him – my favorite ideas of Deftones songs are ones that he spearheads!”

He continued:

“He was involved in ‘Gore‘, let’s not get it wrong. ‘Phantom Bride‘? Aside from the lyrics and drums, he wrote that all by himself. He did have something to do with the record, he just wasn’t fully engaged, and it wasn’t because we were like, ‘Our songs are better.’ It was nothing like that. He was going through something, and after the record was done he talked to me a little bit about it, like, ‘I’m sorry I wasn’t as available as I should have been.’

I was like, ‘Dude, you’re my brother, I totally understand.’ When the record came out, I think people felt that Stef wasn’t as big a part of it and that it may have suffered in certain areas because of that, so one of the most important things is that everybody is engaged and everybody is excited.”

You can read more on the upcoming Terry Date (Pantera, Soundgarden) produced outing at Kerrang!. At present a rumored September 25th release date is being eyed for it.

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