Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on. Continue reading
Deftones today announced they will release a remix album of their legendary third album White Pony (Maverik), Black Stallion when the former album is reissued later in 2020 for its 20th anniversary. The news was broken by the band and Loudwire.com.
In a new interview for Download TV as part of their weekend-long Virtual Download Festival, Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham revealed the band is aiming at a September release for their new album. In a previous interview, frontman Chino Moreno had said the album was nearly done and the band had hoped for a summer release. The band may also release their “lost” album Eros as an EP, which has been unreleased since it was recorded and finished at the time of original bassist Chi Cheng’s tragic auto accident that ultimately led to his passing in 2013. The band performed the first track anyone has ever heard from the mythical album, ‘Smile’, last fall at their own Dia Los Del Deftones Festival.
Deftones, even at their best, have been a band of dichotomies. That is what makes them a special band in the history of heavy music: opposing forces pulling and pushing them apart and back again. They may have been coming apart at the seams in the run-up to making Diamond Eyes (Reprise), and you couldn’t blame them. If you follow the band closely, you know the history. The band was nearly done tracking their highly anticipated album Eros in the fall of 2008, when founding bassist Chi Cheng was in a car wreck, on his way home from a funeral. Chi was left in a vegetative state, and the band was in shock. As Chi fought for his life (he passed in 2013, RIP), the band was left wondering what to do. They wanted to make music, but the experience with their best friend caused them to shelve Eros, never to be heard (almost never). When they came back together, the results were unexpected and wild. Continue reading
In a new interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno chatted for a brief interview “At Home With” playlist. Chino talked about the forthcoming Deftones album, the 10th anniversary of Diamond Eyes, working with longtime producer Terry Date, how the band has stayed together so long and overcome hardships, his approach to vocals, making music every day, and the possibility of re-releasing White Pony. Specifically, Chino cast some doubt on the bands’ new album seeing a summer release without being able to tour behind it. He said the band are “figuring that out now”, in an interview transcribed by Blabbernmouth.net. Continue reading
Papa Roach held their special event yesterday, April 25th, 2020, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album Infest. “Infest In Conversation” was held two decades to the day since the arrival of their second full-length record and first major-label release and featured a discussion between the four members of the band along with original drummer Dave Buckner plus special guests, including Deftones singer Chino Moreno, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates, and Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. Watch the video now! Continue reading
Cypress Hill will celebrate its 2000 album, the epic Rap and Metal double album Skull and Bones (Columbia) today with a livestream Q & A from the band. The album, best known for their huge hit singles ‘Rap Superstar’ and ‘Rock Superstar’, is one of the groups ‘ best and features guest turns from Everlast, Eminem, N.O.R.E., Christian Olde Wolbers (now formerly of) and Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, and Chino Moreno of Deftones. The band will live on Facebook and YouTube with host Rob Markman to spin the record and take your questions t the links below. Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with Death Valley High mastermind Reyka Osburn recently to discuss their brand new covers/remixes EP Duel, out now via minusHEAD Records. We chatted with Reyka about the new EP, how the group chooses covers from bands such as Metallica, Faith No More, Eurythmics, collaborating with peers and friends on remixes, the mix between Goth rock and dance music, working with a mentor and friend like Chino Moreno of Deftones/Crosses, and the timeline for a new full-length DVH album. Continue reading
Gothic-tinged electronic band Death Valley High are releasing a new EP this week, Duel releases from MinusHEAD Records this Friday, August 23rd, 2019. The EP is have composed of inventive 1980s covers by inspired bands (think Faith No More, Eurythmics, Metallica, Bananarama) made in collaboration with music legends and underground tastemakers, while the other half is made of remixes of current DVH material. Watch this incredible new video of the band covering Christian Death’s classic ‘Cavity – First Communion’ with help from Chino Moreno of Deftones!
Having been graced by the patronage of Aaron Harris and Chino Moreno for the last three years, Brooklyn couple Spotlights have shared the stage with the latter’s Deftones while still sailing under many radars. That may be about to change with the permanent appointment of live drummer Chris Enriquez and the release of sophomore album Love & Decay (Ipecac Recordings). Continue reading