Fresh sounds from the beloved alternative metal group DDEFTONES, hailing from Sacramento, California, have been in the works since February, as shared by the band’s guitarist, Stephen Carpenter
Amidst a conversation on Gnostic Academy published this past July, where Carpenter expressed his views on flat earth and more, he also provided an update on DEFTONES‘ forthcoming tenth studio album.
Carpenter revealed that they are once again collaborating with producer Nick Raskulinecz, known for his work with bands like ALICE IN CHAINS and MASTODON, for this upcoming record. Here are Carpenter‘s remarks, as transcribed by Metal Injection: “In the last couple months, really two or three months, we… well maybe a little longer now, really… February is when we started. We starting to work on new material for a new record.
“It’s going good. It’s a little slow at first, but it always is. Dragging our feet ain’t nothing new. But we’ve got the stuff up and going now, and yeah. We’re on a good little momentum at the moment and we hope to have it all done and out by next spring or summer. I mean, there’s no official date yet but that’s our goal.”
He also added: “Everything stems from us just jamming out some ideas, messing around. Someone comes up with something that maybe someone else or everyone else likes, and then we focus in on that for a little bit. That’s what Nick‘s great at doing, too. He’s good at… well we could just sit and jam aimlessly and plow through idea after idea without even stopping to recognize ’em.
“He’s great at saying ‘that idea is really cool. Let’s try that. Let’s try to work on that for a minute, and then that other idea might be really cool with that one. Let’s try putting them together’ and stuff like that. So that’s what’s awesome about him. He’s like a an unofficial band member at that point. He’s good at giving us direction where we don’t normally do that well on our own.”
The individual responsible for taking on the bass responsibilities for the upcoming DEFTONES album remains uncertain. Fred Sablan has been filling that role during live performances ever since the band parted ways with Sergio Vega.
The next event on the band’s agenda is a headline performance at their annual ‘Dia de los Deftones‘ festival, scheduled to take place on November 4th in San Diego, California.
After a hiatus since 2019, the event made its comeback last year and is scheduled to happen on November 4, 2023. The venue chosen for this year’s festival is Petco Park, situated in San Diego.
This year’s installment will feature not only the iconic alt-metal group DEFTONES but also an impressive lineup including 100 GECS, KNOCKED LOOSE, DOECHII, PINBACK, PIERI, RILE, and CAPRA.
For those eager to attend, ticket sales will commence on Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster.com. Fans of DEFTONES can take advantage of the pre-sale starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT, which provides access to the band’s exclusive VIP package.