Deftones Taking Year Off, Chino Moreno Confirms

Band looking to "spend a couple weeks together" next February.

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Despite the initial info that Deftones are doing some work on the new material, singer Chino Moreno has now confirmed that no progress can be expected until early 2015.

Asked about the band's future plans by Rolling Stone, Chino replied: "We just finished a tour, so we're gonna take the rest of the year off. We're gonna start writing some music early next year."

The vocalist elaborated further, "I just moved to Oregon and Stephen [Carpenter] is down in L.A. and Abe [Cunningham] and Frank [Delgado] are in Sacramento, and Sergio [Vega] is in Europe. The idea is to just get together. The last couple records, we just threw ourselves into a small room and started playing. We just work organically, which I think works better than me writing a song and saying, 'Hey guys, learn this.'"

Moreno then gave a tentative date for kicking off the new album work, adding, "Hopefully in February we'll spend a couple weeks together, and just kind of get together and write music."

Asked about the passing of bassist Chi Cheng and the tragic event's impact, Chino commented: "He'll always be thought about on a day-to-day basis. It's not something that goes away, obviously. I think that when he did pass, it was very hard. It was five years where he was in a state where he couldn't speak. He was existing, but not existing. He was here, but not here.

"It was very hard on us and it was really hard on him. I feel like with his passing, not to get back into the supernatural, he is more with us now then he was in the five years when he was stuck in that sort of in-between space. It's a little bit of a relief because I know that he's not suffering. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him."

In related news, Moreno's side project Crosses released their self-titled debut full-length effort today (February 11) via Sumerian Records.

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    Bummer. But whatever they need to do to rest up and put out a good record. I'm a rabid (annoying?) Tool fan so waiting an extra year for this wont be an alien feeling. Besides, Chino has put out so much lately with Palms and Crosses, I think he at least deserves a break.
    Agreed. Koi No Yokan was a brilliant album (as expected), so I'm happy for them to take it easy for a year. Obviously losing Chi was a massive impact on their lives, so I think they could use some time for themselves.
    I know a lot of people are gonna be bummed out by this, but I have to say that they've deserved this time off. I honestly wouldn't be upset if they retired, as huge of a Deftones fan as I am. They've put out a slew of great albums and even their so-called "worst" album is still better than most bands will do in their whole career. So even if this went into permanent hiatus (God willing it won't), I don't think anyone could say it wasn't a justified end. I know they haven't said anything about retiring, but who can say what's gonna happen now. Hopefully they come back next year and make a kick ass album instead of calling off the hiatus and making a rushed album that sounds sub-par.
    I'm actually okay with this. How much of a hiatus did they take when Chi had his accident? They've been through some tough shit. They've earned this.
    I gotta ask- does anyone know if Eros is ever going to see the light of day?
    Chino said something about it a few months back. It would be great to have that to listen to until the new material is released
    I believe Chino confirmed that they will release it now that Chi has passed. Who knows when though?
    no one knows,only chino and co. and they always give vague replies to the question
    That video in the article is so relevant to what us fans of deftones are thinking.
    Nah, it's not the first time they face out a bit. Mourning takes time too.
    You've got to hand it to them though. They did release a solid album at the end of 2012 (Koi No Yokan- my favorite album of the year) and then lost their bass player Chi mid 2013. Plus we have Crosses for us at the moment which sound pretty cool from what I've heard of them
    Yeah this article made me check them out. It's definitely different from the Deftones sound, yet it has a similar 'feeling' to it. I'm digging it.
    IMO he deserves it, he put out enough good shit to take a break
    I'm all for it, let the guys take a break. It's not like I won't be here with eager ears next year. Until then, Palms and Koi No Yokan will remain in heavy rotation and that's good enough for me.. can't get enough of either of them. Long live Deftones!