Deftones’ Chino Moreno says their new album reminds him of ‘White Pony’

"If anything I would say that I’m reminded of White Pony."

Deftones singer Chino Moreno has said that the band’s next album will remind fans of their acclaimed third record ‘White Pony’.

The alt-rock icons are expected to release their follow-up to 2016’s ‘Gore’ in 2019 – and Moreno says that the band are currently in the “experimental mode” of recording it.

“We’re definitely getting into experimental sort of modes, which is the funnest phase that we get into. One of the biggest records in our career is obviously White Pony, and it’s our most commercially successful record, as well, but that was also one of our most experimental records, especially for the time when it came out. That record, making it was… what’s a good word to describe it? We felt really free,” Moreno told Kerrang.


““We basically made whatever we liked, whatever was happening at that moment. It didn’t really go along with what was going on around us, as far as our contemporaries and where other music was.”

After explaining how the influential 2000 album was a complete contrast to the popularity of nu-metal at the time, Moreno said it was still shaping their work.

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“That’s why it’s hard to answer the question about the future and what comes next. But if anything I would say that [I’m reminded of] White Pony, that record in general, because it was probably us at our most experimental,” he said.

Last year, Deftones also teased fans by sharing photos from the studio – complete with broken guitar necks. This comes after Moreno revealed that the band had written “six or seven songs” for the record.

Speaking of their plans for the future, Chino Moreno told NME in 2017: “When we make records, we don’t really talk about what we’re trying to do or what our ideas are for it, we kind of just go in and make music. That’s what keeps it fresh for us. We don’t try to box ourselves in to these pre-conceived ideas, but we have talked about getting together sooner [rather] than later to start making noise together – just out of pure excitement of creating music.”