Deftones Talk New Album 'Koi No Yokan'

Chino Moreno says they have to prove themselves to fans after several albums that were "pieced together rather than created together." Meanwhile, they're about to record an eclectic range of covers as b-sides, but you'll never guess what.

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Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says the band went back to basics on their forthcoming album "Koi No Yokan" in a bid to prove themselves to fans.

He made the comments shortly before a recording session to cover an unusual roster of cover songs as future b-sides.

Speaking to Noisecreep about "Koi No Yokan", Chino said:

"Our goal was to kind of rebuild what we created over all the years. I felt like we had to prove ourselves... Our records were starting to get pieced together versus really being created together, so for us it was a chance to get back to basics. We didn't have an idea of what sort of style we wanted. We just came in fired up and motivated to do something great."

Deftones have always been known for covering an eclectic range of songs on their b-sides - mostly their personal favorites from the 1980s, particularly Duran Duran songs - but Chino says fans wouldn't believe the range of songs they're about to record. Maybe rumors that they'll tackle Elvis Presley and Earth, Wind & Fire were true after all.

Meanwhile, original bassist Chi Cheng remains in serious condition after a car crash put him in a coma in 2008. Chino explained why Cheng was more than just a bandmate to him:

"When I was 17-years-old, I moved out of my parents' house and moved in with him. We've been best friends most of my life. I'll just be doing some random thing in my life and he's always in my thoughts," he said. "The main thing we try to do is keep a positive attitude because it' not like he died it's more or less he's still alive and fighting and we all have hope."

Deftones' new album "Koi No Yokan" is due on November 13.

Tour dates:

09/22 - Irvine, CA - Epicenter Festival 09/23 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival

Headline Tour:

10/09 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre 10/10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield 10/12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom 10/13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO 10/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore 10/16 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory 10/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue 10/19 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium 10/20 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's 10/21 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note 10/23 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom 10/24 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre 10/26 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live 10/28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory 10/29 - Boston, MA - HOB Boston 10/30 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

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    "Prove themselves"? Diamond Eyes was AMAZING. I can understand wanting to get back to basics, but it's not like they're coming from a bad place.
    I was going to say the exact same thing! What do they have to prove? Diamond Eyes was their best album since White Pony.
    Deftones have never released a bad album..even the side projects such as Team Sleep are amazing. That's the reason Chino and crew have managed to be one of the most influential musical acts of this generation. My best wishes go out to Chi's full recovery and I, for one, am looking forward to this album and anything else they do in the future.
    Diamond Eyes was pretty decent but Saturday Night Wrists was the best album they've made since White Pony or even Around the Fur. Nuff Said.
    Self-Titled is their greatest effort to date, but I don't think they've ever released a "bad" album as such. Can't wait for this album and some UK tour dates!
    I agree with all of you...Deftones are one of the few bands that haven't released a bad very unique band indeed.
    I'm surprised at the love for S/T and SNW. After those 2 albums, I thought they were done. Diamond Eyes was really a return to form for them, as far as I'm concerned.