According to Blabbermouth.net, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told the Buenos Aires, Argentina radio station Vorterix Rock 103.1 earlier this week (see video below) that the band completed pre-production on its seventh album late last month and will enter the studio in a few days to begin recording the effort for a late 2012 release. "We start recording next week," he said. "Right before I came last week, we finished all the writing, so next week, when I get back, we start recording and we should have a record that comes out early fall... October. Maybe September."
2010's "Diamond Eyes" has been one of Deftones' most successful outings. The set's last single, "You've Seen The Butcher", was a Top 15 rock radio hit.
Deftones will once again record with Sergio Vega on bass. Vega stepped in for touring purposes after original bassist Chi Cheng was left in a semi-comatose state by a November 2008 car accident, and stayed on to record "Diamond Eyes" with the group.
Last October, Reprise Records released a limited-edition vinyl box set from Deftones. "Deftones: The Vinyl Collection, 1995 - 2011" is a seven-album (8 LP) retrospective containing the band's six studio albums - 1995's "Adrenaline", 1997's "Around The Fur", 2000's "White Pony", 2003's "Deftones", 2006's "Saturday Night Wrist", and 2010's "Diamond Eyes", and the limited-edition 2011 Record Store Day release "Covers". Each album was exclusively re-cut for vinyl from the original master recordings and pressed on 180-gram European virgin vinyl. The collection, which included a unique lithograph and cover art, came packaged in a hand-numbered collector's box pressing of 1,000 copies worldwide.