Chino Moreno has discussed progress on the new Deftones album, describing it as a "heady record".
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Moreno said that the follow up to 2012's Koi No Yokan is a distinct step forward that follows the same semi-improvised recording process. The band have also brought on board Matt Hyde, who did production and engineering on the last record.
"I think it's a little more of a heady record," Moreno told Rolling Stone. "I feel like we've gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven't done in the past."
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"It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record," he added. "But it's definitely a Deftones record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We're not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box."
"We've got a good jump on everything," he went on. "It feels good."
The band have already finished their drum tracks and are looking to have the album ready for mixing and mastering by the end of March. Hopefully that means fans can look forward to a 2015 release date and a wider world tour.
This comes after Moreno's past couple of years spent with Crosses - whose self-titled debut album was named one of Gigwise's favourite albums of 2014.