It's been three years since the Deftones released their last album of all-new material. But guitarist Stephen Carpenter says the group wasn't sweating the long wait for the new "Saturday Night Wrist,"

It's been three years since the Deftones released their last album of all-new material. But guitarist Stephen Carpenter says the group wasn't sweating the long wait for the new "Saturday Night Wrist," which arrives this week via Warner Bros.

"There was no specific timetable at all," Carpenter says. "We know how we work. We figure we do it at our own pace -- sometimes fast, sometimes slow. It's definitely been slow as of late, but our agenda is no agenda, if that makes any sense. [We're] just having a good time."

But Carpenter acknowledges that making "Saturday Night Wrist" was arduous and involved "working with different people in different places and dealing with forces of the unknown." The group started its fifth full-length in 2003 with Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, then worked with Bob Ezrin (who recorded most of the instrumental tracks), Terry Date and Shaun Lopez.

The 12-track set features a guest appearance from System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian on "Mein" and Giant Drag frontwoman Annie Hardy on the electronica-tinged "Pink Cellphone." The album kicks off with the detuned riff-fest "Hole in the Earth" and is further highlighted by heavy, melodic tracks such as "Cherry Waves," the punishing "Combat" and "Rats," which careens from screamed verses to a less in-your-face chorus.