Deftones to Revive Shelved 'Eros' Album

'Eros' was put on hold when bassist Chi Cheng went into a coma in 2008.

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Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says their shelved 2008 album "Eros" will finally see the light of day.

The band were midway through recording the album when bassist Chi Cheng was seriously injured in a car crash. They scrapped the album and went on to record "Diamond Eyes" with stand-in bassist Sergio Vega in the hope that Cheng would eventually recover and continue work on "Eros," but Cheng died in April after a long battle with ill health related to his crash at the age of 42.

When asked by Artisan News if their mysterious "Eros" album would ever be released, Moreno revealed that they were finally ready to take it forward.

"It will [be released]," he said. "I think more so now probably than ever [before] ... I actually went back and listened to some of it recently and ... you know, I don't know when, but I feel it's a little more appropriate now for us to think about [than it has been] in the last few years to think about."

In 2009, the band posted this explanation of why they decided to put the album on hold:

"The songs recorded for 'Eros' are very special to us as they are the latest with Chi (and we certainly hope not the last); they have history and significant meaning to us. However, as we neared completion on 'Eros,' we realized that this record doesn't best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians."

Watch the interview with Chino Moreno discussing the future release of "Eros" here:

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    It would be really great, 'cause I'm pretty sure Chi would like his last works to be released. And it would be great, if they would take all the money earned by 'Eros' sales and give it to Chi's family.
    Agreed. I don't think they would or even should give to the family though. Maybe put it into some sort of coma charity/'remember to wear your seatbelt' type thing. I don't know maybe the one love for Chi thing is still up and running after Chi's death so would make sense. Would love to hear the album though, its just really sad Chi wont be here to be a part of it.
    i know it's sad to hear about chi cheng, but i have been waiting for this to happen for a long time now. can't wait to hear it. no matter what, chi will sound monstrous no matter what
    If they take their time in post-production, making sure they are as proud of the release as Koi No Yokan, I'm sure it will be an incredible album as well as a fitting tribute to a great bassist.
    I hope steph was/is using a 7 string on eros. Ive yet to find his 8 string to my liking. I still like his riffs I just think all his 8 string stuff on the last 2 albums would have sounded better on a 7
    One small caveat, they didn't scrap Eros in the hopes Chi could come back to finish it, but rather, after reflecting on his accident, it changed them and they no longer felt the album represented them as artists and a band.
    Fucking Awesome!!! RIP Chi. Can't wait to hear it. There really couldn't be a better way to honor a musician's life.
    I really didn't want to bring this up, since it may have been in 'bad taste' to mention since Chi's death and all. But I am SO EXCITED for this to be released. It's a bittersweet feeling to know that we'll finally be able to listen to Eros soon.
    Can't wait for this! I'm sure Chi would have wanted it to be released. I bet it's going to be weird using Chi's basslines though.
    I'm really pumped for this, I'm hoping it sounds more like their self-titled album than their more recent work though.