Deftones Chino Moreno Talks "Diamond Eyes" And "Eros"

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MetalSucks scribe Anso DF recently caught up with Deftones' frontman Chino Moreno on the black carpet at the Golden God Awards in Los Angeles. Chino shared some thoughts on the band's new album "Diamond Eyes" and shed some light on the future of "Eros," the release the band started recording with injured bassist Chi Cheng and subsequently shelved. An excerpt follows:

I had a chance to hear Diamond Eyes. It seems very streamlined. Is that what you guys set out to do?

I think so. Streamlined, focused, [those] are kinda the same thing. We’ve spent a lot of time messing around [when] making records. There’s something to be said for that too. It’s a fun way to do it. But it’s also really good to have everybody really focussed. Keep the songs really streamlined, you know what I mean? It sounds like it. I think it was the record we needed to make right now.

Will Eros see the light of day?

[Quickly] Yeah, it will. We haven’t really talked about when. We have it, there’s great stuff on there, and … it will. I don’t know when, but it will.

It was probably around White Pony that I read how Steph [Carpenter, guitars] instructed Abe to keep the drums simple, “just kick and snare.” Now, is that what Steph was told this time around, so to speak? It seems –

No, but you know what? I’ve heard a lot of comments like that. Actually, we did an interview yesterday where he admitted that yeah, he tried to keep the guitars really simple and straight-forward. Nobody told him that. No one really tells him what to do. He just kinda comes and plays and then it’s what comes out. Luckily, he came out and was in a really creative space and really inspired me and the guys to all come together and to be really creative.

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