Track was set to feature on 'Eros', the album Deftones were working on prior to bass player's death
Deftones have revealed a previously unreleased song ‘Smile’ to mark the one-year anniversary of founder member Chi Cheng’s death.
‘Smile’ was set to feature on the unreleased album ‘Eros’, the album Deftones were working on at the time of Cheng’s death. The band ultimately decided to scrap the album following the loss.
Posting the song on Twitter, frontman Chino Moreno wrote: “Chi, We miss you today and everyday.”
Cheng died on April 13, 2013, aged 42, after being in a “partially conscious state” since a 2008 car accident. Cheng suffered major injuries and was left in a coma after being involved in the crash. The bassist was driving with his sister when he collided with another car head on. While his sister only suffered minor injuries as she was wearing a seatbelt, Cheng was ejected through the window.
Deftones have confirmed that they have started work on their new album, the follow up to 2012 release ‘Koi No Yokan’. Speaking earlier this year, Moreno said that the rest of the group have begun work on their eighth LP, though he was yet to hear what they had come up with. “The other guys started last week – I’m excited to hear what they’ve done so far,” he said.