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Drummer Abe Cunningham guests on Will Haven podcast and mentions plans to begin the next album cycle

Deftones 2013

Last year was pretty emotional for Deftones, so you can forgive them for taking a bit of down time. The death of former bassist Chi Cheng after a prolonged coma will have been very rough on the band, and so despite a fair amount of touring, they took the last three months or so off.

Nevertheless, it seems they’re set to start the next album cycle some time in the not too distant future. Appearing on Will Haven‘s latest WHVN podcast, drummer Abe Cunningham said he and guitarist Stephen Carpenter are set to get together fairly soon to start jamming out. Frontman Chino Moreno, whose side-project ††† released their debut full-length Crosses last week, also recently stated:

“It’s not like we can show up in each other’s houses any more. We have to plan it out and get into a room. We’ll lock ourselves in a room for a couple of weeks and start making some noise and see what comes out.”

You can hear the relevant section at about 46 minutes in below:

It was said after the death of Chi in April last year that the album they had completed just before his accident – Eros – might well now be released, but it seems (possibly quite rightly) that it won’t be the very next album, and the follow-up to 2012′s excellent Koi No Yokan will be all new material, and new bassist Sergio Vega’s third with the band.

The band aren’t scheduled for any shows at the moment until May, so it seems they have a good amount of time to get some stuff written – maybe for later in the year, or early 2015? Who knows, but new Deftones is always cause for celebration.

Americans will be able to catch the band at Rocklahoma in Pryor, River City Rockfest in San Antonio, and the Free Press Summer Festival in Houston towards the end of May. Russia and the Ukraine get them at Park Live Festival in June, and then they’ll also be at this year’s Sonisphere in the UK in July.