Deftones vocalist, Moreno has said that the yet-to-be-titled new album will come out April 27th and will be more reminiscent of early discs like 1997’s ‘Around the Fur’ and 2000’s ‘White Pony.’ The songs were written and recorded quickly, Moreno says, and the musicians were on fire as they grappled to come to grips with bassist, Cheng’s horrific car accident.
While the band ultimately gained strength from misfortune, initially they were on the verge of breaking up. “We honestly thought that after this thing happened with Chi, why even carry on?”
Although Deftones had already tracked a full album of songs with Cheng and producer Terry Date tentatively titled ‘Eros,’ they decided to shelve those recordings and work on an entirely new batch of songs with their friend Sergio Vega filling in on bass. They hired producer Nick Raskulinecz to work with them, and in just two months they had recorded an entirely new album. “I honestly think it’s one of the best, if not the best records we’ve ever done,” Moreno said. “My favourite record is ‘Around the Fur.’ It was written and recorded in four months, which was the fastest, easiest and funnest record we’ve ever made. This record totally has that feel to it.”
Deftones, via their website, have confirmed a release date of May 4, 2010 (pushed forward from the initially reported May 18 release date), for their album Diamond Eyes.