Deftones Playing First Show Since Cheng's Accident
Deftones Playing First Show Since Cheng's Accident

Deftones, Title TBD (Warner Bros./Reprise Records)

Release Date: April 2010

Following a November 2008 car accident that left Deftones bassist Chi Cheng in a semiconscious state during the past year, the rock band "didn't know if we were going to continue on," Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says. Prior to the accident, Deftones recorded an album's worth of material (known as the "Eros" sessions) with Cheng, but there aren't any immediate plans to release these songs, according to Moreno.

The good news for Deftones fans is that the band has recruited bassist Sergio Vega and recorded a new album that's reminiscent of the group's earlier days. Moreno says the as-yet-untitled release leans away from the experimental nature of its past three studio albums and more toward the raw heaviness of its 1997 sophomore effort, "Around the Fur." "It sounds like an old Deftones record," he says.

"It's a more aggressive record." Lyrical themes throughout the Nick Raskulinecz-produced album reveal a "positive zest for life," Moreno adds. "There's no complaining in this record and no hurting. I'm not singing about how I'm sad or that my life sucks. It's all pretty positive."Following a November 2008 car accident that left Deftones bassist Chi Cheng in a semiconscious state during the past year, the rock band "didn't know if we were going to continue on," Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says.

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