It looks like the new Deftones album might drop this fall; plans for a possible ‘Eros’ EP

While we know work has basically finished on the band’s upcoming 9th studio album, alt-metal band Deftones have been somewhat quiet regarding when it might be released. Of course, that’s to be forgiven considering the coronavirus crippled their touring plans as well as their ability to even meet up together, so it’s not like the band has been totally radio silent. Thankfully, drummer Abe Cunningham revealed plenty of Deftones info, including when a certain shelved album might be released…

Thanks to ThePRP, we now have an extremely handy timeline of when we can be expecting the band’s new album to be released. Drummer Abe Cunningham recently appeared on the Download TV for an interview, where he discussed when the new Deftones album might be released.

“We actually tracked everything over the summer, last summer—June and July—we were in the studio tracking. And we’re just taking our time. But we actually just completed everything. Were mixing…. We were down in L.A. recording, but we mixed up in Seattle.

We’re working with our old pal Terry Date, who did a bunch of our earlier records and stuff too. He’s up there with this while distancing thing, it was a bit rough, but we figured out a way to kind of do the mixes without being there.

It’s a lot better when we’re all in the room; we can knock it out quick and argue and do our things. But, yeah, we just completed that. It’s getting mastered right now, and that’s been the main thing. So it’s been something to do in this strange off time.”

Cunningham also discussed when the album might surface – which is obviously the main question on many Deftones’ fans’ minds.

“It should be coming along, hopefully, maybe September. I heard something. I can’t remember…”

One other important piece on information. The band’s Eros album, which was due for release in 2008 and contains the final recordings of late bassist Chi Cheng, may well see the light of day in a “condensed” form. The band never actually finished the album, as you may well remember.

“…It was never completed, and that’s what people don’t get like ‘what, you’re just sitting on it?’ and I mean no, we’re not just sitting on it, we never finished it. And then he [Chi Cheng] got in his accident and that’s kinda where it just stopped. And quite frankly it’s not that good. There’s some songs that are really good. But I gotta be honest, it was like you know, we were just trying to get back to it and see what we can come up with then… and it’s not that it’s not good, it’s just… there’s a lot attached to it as well, you know? And I understand that people are passionate about that and they want to hear Chi‘s last musical contribution.”

“We’ve talked about putting out maybe a condensed version or an EP of four or five songs, something like that, and that kind of makes sense. But we have to get into all the legalities of it and all that stuff and also we have to finish it. But yeah, it would be nice for that to see the light of day, definitely.”