According to EW.com
has set a tentative October 9 release date for its seventh album.
Regarding the musical direction of the follow-up to 2010's "Diamond Eyes"
vocalist Chino Moreno
said, "Obviously we're an aggressive band — not the heaviest, but there's a lot of attack. But there's also this lush beauty that flows within everything that we do, and that's my favorite part of the band. To me, it's the epitome of what the DEFTONES
The CD was once again helmed by Nick Raskulinecz
, who produced "Diamond Eyes"
and has also worked with FOO FIGHTERS
and ALICE IN CHAINS
. "He's a very hands-on guy," Moreno
. "We adopted a work ethic that was really productive on the last record. We said we were going to work eight hours a day, and since we had those hours, everybody in there was super focused. Before that we had been working up in Sacramento, and the vibe was everybody would come in and hang out and we would work when we got around to it. We had to get more efficient."
As in the past, DEFTONES
will record a handful of covers, some of which will undoubtedly make it various special editions of the new album. "We've done a lot of '80s stuff, but we wanted to do something from farther back," Moreno
explained. "We sat down and everybody had their computers on and were playing songs that we like. So we're going to do an Elvis Presley
song — we have five Elvis
songs that we've been talking about. And we're going to do EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE
. Hopefully we'll get at least two, maybe three or four."
He added, "It's always fun. We're done with the real creative part of having to come up with music out of thin air, and now we can be experimental with someone else's song."