DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno says that it is now more likely than ever before that the band’s shelved 2008 album “Eros” will see the light of day.
In late 2008, the group was putting the finishing touches on the CD when their bassist, Chi Cheng, suffered major injuries and was left in a coma following a November 2008 car crash in Santa Clara, California.
After the accident, DEFTONES decided to scrap the project and later recruited Sergio Vega, formerly of QUICKSAND, to play bass. They have released two albums since.
Cheng, who formed DEFTONES with singer Chino Moreno, guitaristStephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham in 1988, died last month at the age of 42.
Speaking to Artisan News (see video below) on the “black carpet” at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods awards on May 2 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California, Moreno was asked if “Eros” will ever come out. “It will,” he said. “I think [the chances of that happening are] more so now probably than ever [before].” He added: “I actually went back and listened to some of it recently and… you know, I don’t know when [we will put it out] or… but I feel it’s a little more appropriate now for us to think about that [than it has been] in the last few years to think about.”
In a June 2009 online posting announcing their decision to scrap “Eros”and start anew and begin tracking an entirely new album, the band explained: “The songs recorded for ‘Eros’ are very special to us as they are the latest with Chi (and we certainly hope not the last); they have history and significant meaning to us. However, as we neared completion on ‘Eros’, we realized that this record doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians.
“The decision to hold off on releasing ‘Eros’ has no connection with Chi‘s condition or anything associated. This was, and is, purely a creative decision by the band to write, record, and deliver an amazing product.”
Cheng was performed on DEFTONES‘ first five albums. His final release was 2006’s “Saturday Night Wrist”.
Norwegian/Spanish symphonic gothic metallers SIRENIA will release their sixth studio album, “Perils Of The Deep Blue”, on June 28 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Comments SIRENIA vocalist and guitarist Morten Veland: “The entire band and all the people we are working with are absolutely ecstatic about it! This album takes SIRENIA to the next level and brings many new sides of us to the table. There’s typical tried-and-tested SIRENIA stuff but also approaches that you’ve never heard from us before.
Craig Terlino of Dig Boston recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Dig Boston: One QUEENSRŸCHE album that stands out more to me than any is “Rage For Order”. It was that album that made me recognize that there was something different — something innovative — going on in the music compared to other metal acts. It was cutting edge.
Geoff: Yeah, that was the idea behind it. We had done the EP and “The Warning”, and looking back on those, I thought they were very derivative of what was happening at the time with a lot of other bands. I was looking to stretch out a bit and push the chemistry of the writing, Chris DeGarmo [then-QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist] and I, really getting something unique. Neil Kernon, who produced that record, was very much of that mind as well. Dave Ogilvie as well, who at the time was working withSKINNY PUPPY and a lot of other underground punk synth.