During appearance on this past weekend's edition of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter, DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno offered an update on the band's follow-up to 2012's "Koi No Yokan", which is tentatively scheduled for release on September 25.
"The record, as far as music, has been all recorded, and I am currently working on the vocals," he said. "So I've been recording from my home studio here in Oregon. Slowly but surely, [we're] getting it done, man. It's coming out really good. It's just another DEFTONES record. And I feel like it's us reaching a little bit, getting more into the song structures and trying to challenge ourselves a little bit, you know what I mean? It's sounding good. I think it's gonna be a great record."
Moreno also talked about DEFTONES' upcoming appearance at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec, Canada where the band will perform its 1997 album, "Around The Fur", in its entirety. "[It] should be fun," he said. "It might be a little bit of a challenge, 'cause there's some songs on that record that we haven't played for years. We've yet to really rehearse for that. That was before I started playing guitar too, so it's just, like, all I gotta do is go out there and sing for, like, 45 minutes. It should be pretty easy, but who's to say?!"
Chino recently told RollingStone.com about the DEFTONES' next CD: "The songs are amazing, and we wrote them in a really cool way. We had all of us in a room together with one person expressing an idea and another person jumping on it. The songs are really built as a collective. We have five guys who have almost completely different takes on music, so when it works, it works great."
According to Moreno, sixteen songs were written for the new album, which is once again being produced by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MONSTER MAGNET, WINDS OF PLAGUE).
"I think it's a little more of a heady record," Moreno said when asked how the DEFTONES' new material compares to that on "Koi No Yokan". "I feel like we've gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven't done in the past.
"It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record," he continued. "But it's definitely a DEFTONES record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We're not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box."