Fans anticipated a new album this year after Deftones captioned an aerial shot of their hometown Sacramento on Instagram late last year with the hashtags “#2019 #newmusic #deftones #sacramento.” While the album won’t materialize in 2019, Moreno revealed the band made much progress on the LP in recent months.
Speaking with NBC 7 San Diego in advance of Saturday’s Dia De Los Deftones Festival, Moreno told the TV station:
“We’ve been working on our record for about a year now. We’re not doing that thing where we go in and lock ourselves in a room until it’s done; we are kind of enjoying our time making it. It’s been a cool process, we get together, we work for a couple weeks, whether that’s just making noise and coming up with ideas and then everybody just goes home and comes back to work on ’em a little bit more. So, we’ve been doing that for a little over a year or so.
This summer, we actually went into the studio and recorded an album’s worth of music. So, the music was pretty much done and the last few months have sort of just been working on the lyrics and the melodies and the singing parts. So that’s pretty much where we’re at right now.”
As for a potential release date, Moreno said the following:
“It’ll definitely be out next year. I’m hoping that it’ll be earlier on in the year, but I feel like once I give a definitive answer or speculate exactly when, I feel like we’ll be held to it, so I kind of want to continue on. Of course, it’ll be out next year, hopefully earlier than later. Our biggest thing is making sure that it’s good. We’ll be performing it, once it’s out, for the next two or three years, so we want to be sure it’s the best it can be and want to make everyone happy — including ourselves.”
Deftones’ upcoming album will serve as the follow-up to 2016’s Gore. Moreno stirred up excitement for the new LP earlier this year when he said the material was reminiscent of the band’s classic 2000 album, White Pony.
As of the now, the only tour dates Deftones have scheduled are a pair of performances at the 2020 Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals, taking place June 5th-7th in Germany.