A short clip of Deftones’ collaboration with Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell on a song on their new album Gore has surfaced online. The band have also released the album’s lead single “Prayers/Triangles.” Listen to the clip of the Cantrell collaboration and the single below.
An interview with Deftones frontman Chino Moreno that was conducted back in October by IVN Studios has just been released. When asked why the band weren’t releasing the album in November 2015 like they had planned, Moreno joked that he lied. “Yes we were, I lied.”
He also discussed the reason the album’s release was delayed (it will now be released on April 8th), “The guy who recorded the record with us had mixed us, but at the time, we finished the record, then we started doing some shows, so we weren’t around while it was being mixed. So we got off tour and we listened to it, we were like, ‘Let’s trying something else.’ We tried someone else who was great, but didn’t record the record, so there were a lot of the nuances and things during the recording that were missing. So we ended up going back with Matt Hyde, who initially recorded the record.”
Last week it was confirmed that Deftones would release their new album on April 8th. A title for the album and tracklisting has been circulating online, with the rumored title being Gore. Below is the rumored tracklisting:
2. Acid Hologram
3. Doomed User
4. Geometric Headdress
6. Pittura Infamante
10. Phantom Bride
Chino Moreno responded to these rumors by tweeting photos with the rumored album title and of one of the song titles. Is Chino confirming the rumors, or trolling fans? We will see soon!
Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter discussed the album at NAMM last week, “[We’re] sitting around waiting for the release of our new record. It comes out April 8th. We have some dates in Texas in March, in May-June we’re off to Europe for some festivals out there. We’ll play for all the people who are interested and want to hear it.”
During a November 2015 interiew with BBC Radio 1’s “Rock Show”, Chino Moreno stated about “vibe” of the the band’s next CD: “I can’t really compare it to our last couple of records. I mean, those two records were done in a very similar manner where we locked ourselves in a room for a short period of time and wrote and recorded it. And therefore, I feel like we sort of really captured this moment in time, and the records sort of sound cohesive because of that. This record was done sort of over a year, spread out over these little, tiny writing sections. So it sounds a bit more fragmented, but in a good way. I mean, I feel like you put on one song and it’s completely different from the song after it, or previous to it. So it’s not like we had this one main idea and we went in and we sort of went with that vibe. I mean, the vibe’s sort of all over the place. So, like any DEFTONES record, I mean, it’s got dynamics and there’s loud aggressiveness and there’s mellowness to it, but it’s all sort of got an ebb and flow to it. I don’t know… It’d be hard for me to just put it in words exactly what it sounds like. It’s definitely a Deftones record. The way I look at it is it’s a gradual step from where we last were.”
As we kick off 2016, the year should be an eventful one in the year of alternative rock. Check out 10 of the most anticipated albums for the year below!
Wolfmother are set to release their new album Victorious in February. The band has already released two raucous tracks from the album, “Victorious” and “City Lights“.
PJ Harvey will release her first album since 2011’s Let England Shake this spring. The album documents a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C,” according to a press release. She has already performed new tracks live, including “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs.”
In October, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood said that the band has recorded “lots” of material for a new album and are currently sifting through the material to find the best tracks. It will be the band’s first release since 2011.
Alice In Chains
Alice In Chains were already beginning work on their new album this past summer, so a 2016 release has to be expected.
Bassist Mike Inez told Rock 103 (as transcribed by Alternative Nation) in August:
“We’ve been throwing around riffs for a new record, we’re taking it nice and slow, and we just wanted to get out of the house this summer, and just play. It’s funny, we’re still like brothers to this day.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers have completed the majority of their new album and in December were only waiting for Anthony Keidis to track vocals. Flea has called the new material “emotional” and the first single is set to be released in early February.
In November Chino Moreno announced in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that the Deftones have finished recording their new album and were in the mixing process with an early 2016 release. Moreno also mentioned that the album has 16 tracks and will feature an appearance from Jerry Cantrell.
In August Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone that Soundgarden is working on a new album. Kim Thayil said earlier in the year that the band is aiming for a 2016 release. No additional details have been confirmed.
Billy Corgan has been hyping up the followup to 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy since before that album came out, originally titling the followup Day for Night and saying it’d be released in 2015. Corgan then dropped the titled and reworked the album over the summer, but there has been no update from Corgan since. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recently revealed that he will be getting together with Corgan early this year, so there may be news coming soon.
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor made a big announcement on Twitter on December 18th: “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.”
Reznor told Rolling Stone in July that he was in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.
“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”
He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”
The elusive Tool have been somewhat quietly working on a new album over the past year. They debuted a snippet of a new song entitled “Descending” at a Halloween show in Tempe, Arizona which Adam Jones later told Rolling Stone was a preview of a new track. So we are all holding out hope that 2016 is the year that we finally get a new Tool album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.
The Chinese Democracy of rock docs is finally coming. ‘Entertain Me: A Film About Deftones’ director Andrew Bennett has announced that an official version of the film will be released on Friday December 26th, seemingly as a Boxing Day gift to fans. An unifished edit has been online for years of the documentary, which was originally made in 2000 around the release of White Pony. Bennett reportedly posted on SharingLungs.com:
“I am officially making it available to the most amazing fans in the world, starting 12/26/2015.
It will be 10 bucks for the FULL and CLEAN resolution download of the FINAL EDIT of this film.
Please note, that I saw the leak, and that version is so old it’s not even funny.
ENTERTAIN me: A FILM ABOUT DEFTONES, the real, uncut, director’s final version
will be officially released on 12/26/2015.
The website is being finalized today.
I hope you all enjoy it, sorry it only took 15 years to get out.”
Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.
Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”
“Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events.”
U2 also canceled a pair of dates that was scheduled to be broadcast on HBO and released the following statement:
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
127 were confirmed (though the number has varied) executed by ISIS terrorists at attacks on an Eagles Of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Concert Hall and other locations in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande said “faced with war the country must take appropriate action” and has declared three days of mourning in the country.