Apart from the odd studio snapshot posted to their social media outlets, Deftones have kept relatively hush-hush concerning the recording of their eighth studio album – that is, until now. Yesterday, Rolling Stone dropped an exclusive interview in which they sat down with frontman Chino Moreno to bring fans up to speed on what the band’s been up to in the studio. Check out all the details after the jump!

In the interview, Moreno describes the interesting writing process by which each of the album’s sixteen songs were conceived. The band’s five members went into this process with a blank slate; no one had any preconceived notion of how they wanted the record to sound, and no one had any material written. The writing process, then, was an extremely organic one in which the band sat down and simply bounced ideas off of one another, bringing each of their individual musical opinions to the table.

The album comes as a follow-up to 2012’s critically-acclaimed Koi No Yokan. When asked to compare the two, Moreno is quoted as saying he believes the latter to be “more of a heady record”, adding that they’ve “gone into the songs and really dissected them.” Moreno notes the progress made on this album since its predecessor, but assures us that as far as evolution of sound goes, the new album is “definitely a Deftones record”. The album also boasts the highest quantity of songs the band has ever recorded for a single album. Sixteen tracks seems fairly ambitious, especially by today’s standards, but given Deftones excellent track record of consistency, it’s likely that the filler will be kept to a minimum.

Moreno notes that the recording process is set to wrap up by the end of March. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see this puppy drop by the end of 2015. “Probably September or October,” Moreno speculates.

There ya have it, folks! New Deftones material is looking pretty promising in the year 2015. Keep your eyeballs peeled for more updates and announcements from the band, and get stoked for a fall release!



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