It appears we have a title and release date for DEFTONES’ long-awaited ninth studio album. It’s some welcome news and really couldn’t have come at a better time with the current lull in the music industry worldwide due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The new album will reportedly be called “Ohms” and is set to drop on September 25, as seemingly confirmed by a billboard for the album after the band tweeted it’s location via the official DEFTONES Twitter account on Wednesday (August 19).
The record, the follow-up to 2016’s “Gore”, sees the band working once again with producer Terry Date, who helmed such DEFTONES classics as “Around The Fur”, “White Pony” and the group’s self-titled album.
“Ohms” track listing:
05. The Spell Of Mathematics
07. This Link Is Dead
08. Radiant City
A snippet of the “Ohms” title track can be streamed below.
DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno told Kerrang! magazine that “Ohms” was a more collaborative effort than “Gore”, which saw guitarist Stephen Carpenter largely excluded from the production process.
“When you’ve made a lot of records with the same people, everybody has to be engaged,” Moreno said. “We’ve learned the hard way. A perfect example would be ‘Gore’, when Stef basically admitted, like, ‘I didn’t have much to do with this record.’ And that was not because we didn’t want him — my favorite ideas of DEFTONES songs are ones that he spearheads.”
He added: “When the record came out, I think people felt that Stef wasn’t as big a part of it and that it may have suffered in certain areas because of that, so one of the most important things [with the new album] is that everybody is engaged and everybody is excited.”
This past May, DEFTONES postponed their 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Live Nation-produced 20-date trek with GOJIRA and POPPY was scheduled to kick off on July 27 and conclude on September 5.