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Interview:
deftones went for dynamics on upcoming new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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When deftones' new album, "Koi No Yokan," comes out on Nov. 13, fans will hear the most fully realized representation of the band yet according to frontman Chino Moreno.

"Some of my favorite things about deftones are the dynamics," Moreno, 39, explains. "Yes, we're a heavy band, but we're not just in-your-face, aggro the whole time punching you in the face. There's a lot of aggression, but there's also this very soothing element and a lot of other influences other than attack, attack the whole time.

"I understand that's a big part of our sound, but I really feel like we reached a peak in our dynamics of this record, having the beauty of something and just straight, ruthless aggression. I think we nailed those things great this time."

Moreno says a big reason for that on "Koi No Yokan" -- a Japanese term that implied romantic destiny -- was bassist Sergio Vega, who's still on board while the group's Chi Cheng continues to recover form a 2008 automobile accident that left him in a coma. Vega was with deftones for 2010's "Diamond Eyes" but, according to Moreno, stepped up more on the new album.

"I think (Vega) came out of his shell a lot more in the writing process this time," Moreno explains. "We all jsut really clicked and started writing together, and I think it really helped get these songs to the point they could be as far as being a very cohesive piece of work.

"A lot of times in the past we've had Stephen (Carpenter, deftones' guitarist) come in with a riff and sort of a song structure and everyone would have their parts. But this was something that was very organic, and the songs were really built with us together in the room at the same time. It was just us hanging out as friends and playing, making something out of nothing."

deftones and Scars on Broadway perform Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 S. Main St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 and $35. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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