Deftones' follow-up to Gore is definitely one of the most anticipated records of 2019, if not specifically because guitarist Stephen Carpenter is involved in the writing process this time. Deftones have remained largely silent about the new material, though in an interview with Kerrang! (as transcribed by The PRP), vocalist Chino Moreno gives a little information on how things are going.
Moreno says it's too early to tell how the new material is shaping up in terms of sound, but the band is "definitely getting into experimental sort of modes." He then goes on to talk about White Pony and how when Deftones got deep into experimentation is ultimately when they produced something that stood out from the pack. So take that for what it's worth.
“That’s a good question, I don’t know, and it’s hard to say. Where we are with our writing process right now, it’s really difficult for me to put a single look on what we’re doing. It’s morphing every day that we get together and write.
We’re definitely getting into experimental sort of modes, which is the funnest phase that we get into. One of the biggest records in our career is obviously White Pony, and it’s our most commercially successful record as well, but that was also one of our most experimental records, especially for the time when it came out. That record, making it was… what’s a good word to describe it? We felt really free.
We basically made whatever we liked, whatever was happening at that moment. It didn’t really go along with what was going on around us, as far as our contemporaries and where other music was.”
New Deftones is expected out this year.