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.