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deftones digging into new album for fall release

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For deftones, playing live this summer offers a welcome opportunity to take a break from the studio, where the quartet has been working on its seventh album.

Frontman Chino Moreno describes the set as "not a super fast or slow record. It's very dynamic." And working with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters), Moreno says the goal is to work quickly and efficiently towards a hoped-for October release date.

"It was important that we wanted to not drag it out," explains Moreno, 39. "We have a well-documented history of taking forever to make records. But with our last record (2010's 'Diamond Eyes') we did it in a really short, good amount of time, probably four or five months from the time we started writing until we finished it.

"For us, that was record time, so this time the idea was 'Let's go in and start a record on this date and let's try to be finished by summertime and keep this work ethic we kind of stumbled upon on the last one,' and we did."

The as-yet-untitled album is deftones' second with bassist Sergio Vega, still filling in for the group's Chi Cheng; Cheng continues to recover from a 2008 automobile accident that left him in a coma, and Moreno says he's "making progress" but with no prognosis yet for a full recovery.

"He's make a lot of progress, but he's still in a vegetative state, per se," the singer explains. "He wakes up and he's aware of his surroundings, but he's still not communicating with anybody. He's been fighting. He's a strong guy. It's been over three years but he's been holding on and making small, little progress. Every day's just another day he's fighting, and we just hope for the best."

System Of A Down and deftones perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $65 and $35 pavilion, $25 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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