Deftones' Stephen Carpenter Teases New Music with Producer Nick Raskulinecz

The guitarist says that "we hope to have it all done and out by next spring or summer"


BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Sep 21, 2023

Deftones had a "little something brewing" last summer following their 2020 album Ohms, and that brew is slowly, but surely coming to a boil if a recent tease from guitarist Stephen Carpenter is anything to go by.

As Metal Injection notes, Carpenter recently discussed new material and recent Deftones happenings in a July appearance on a Christian, flat Earth podcast published by the Gnostic Church and Academy of Lord Jesus Christ (yes, really). Clearly, the music press has some work to do if the flat Earth community is beating us to scoops like these.

Asked about what Deftones have been up to lately, Carpenter shared how they entered the studio earlier this year, revealing, "In the last couple months, really two or three months, we… well maybe a little longer now, really. February is when we started. We [started] to work on new material for a new record." [via Metal Injection]

The guitarist noted that sessions have been "going good," adding, "It's a little slow at first, but it always is. Dragging our feet ain't nothing new. But we've got the stuff up and going now, and yeah. We're on a good little momentum at the moment and we hope to have it all done and out by next spring or summer. I mean, there's no official date yet but that's our goal."

Notably, Carpenter also revealed that Deftones are once again working with producer Nick Raskulinecz. Raskulinecz — who has worked with Rush, Mastodon, Alice in Chains, Code Orange and more — previously worked with Deftones on two celebrated albums in 2010's Diamond Eyes and 2012's Koi No Yokan.

"Everything stems from us just jamming out some ideas, messing around. Someone comes up with something that maybe someone else or everyone else likes, and then we focus in on that for a little bit," Carpenter shared of recording sessions, adding of the producer, "That's what Nick's great at doing, too. He's good at… well, we could just sit and jam aimlessly and plow through idea after idea without even stopping to recognize 'em. He's great at saying, 'That idea is really cool. Let's try that. Let's try to work on that for a minute, and then that other idea might be really cool with that one. Let's try putting them together,' and stuff like that. So that's what's awesome about him. He's like an unofficial band member at that point. He's good at giving us direction where we don't normally do that well on our own."

You can hear Carpenter make the reveal in the player below, shortly after the conversation begins.

Deftones' forthcoming 10th studio album will mark their first without longstanding bassist Sergio Vega, who announced his exit from the band last March. Vega, who also performs and records as a member of Quicksand, handled low end on four Deftones full-lengths after joining the band in 2009.

Since Vega's departure, Fred Sablan (Marilyn Manson, Chelsea Wolfe, Peter Hook and the Light) has been touring with Deftones as their live bassist, while the band have yet to name a full-time replacement.

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