During an interview with Kylie Olsson on Download Festival TV this weekend, Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham provided an update on their upcoming ninth album.
Cunningham confirmed that follow-up to 2016’s ‘Gore’ has just been completed mixing with producer Terry Date, who has worked on a handful of their previous albums; ‘Adrenaline’, ‘Around The Fur’, ‘White Pony’, ‘Deftones’, and the shelved ‘Eros’.
He also confirmed that the record is now undergoing mastering, the final stage before completing a studio album.
“So, we actually tracked everything over the summer, last summer — June and July — we were in the studio tracking. And we’re just sort of taking our time. But we actually just completed everything with 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, so, he’s up there. With this whole 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, so 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.”
He was then asked about the album’s sound, and if it at all compares to the more melodic leaning ‘Gore’ or if they’ve taken a different route.
“It’s always hard to describe it. I’ll say this… I mean, comparing it to anything else is always kind of a tad pointless, because we can’t help but sound like ourselves, but it’s – just being back with Terry, there’s certain sounds that we developed with Terry that kind of became sort of our core sounds, and those are back again. It should be coming your… our… coming out soon.”
Cunningham was then probed a little bit further as to a more concrete idea of a release date.
“It should be coming along hopefully, I don’t know, maybe September. I heard something, I can’t remember. Yeah.”
You can stream and watch the full interview below.
More details surrounding the band’s ninth album will be confirmed as it develops.