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Deftones return with Minerva and new album


Story: Jack Foley

IT'S been over two years since The Deftones released anything, so the band's return was always going to be something that fans would rush excitedly out to buy.

Minerva is that first offering, the debut track from the forthcoming self-titled album, Deftones, which hits record shops on May 12, via Maverick.

In typical Deftones styles, Minerva chops between the dense atmospherics of the verses and the chaotic fury of the chorus, to produce the type of track which has become something of the band's trademark sound.

The single, produced by Terry Date (of Limp Bizkit, Soundgarden fame), is the first to be taken from the new follow-up album to White Pony, the Grammy winner and Kerrang album of the year.

Tracks to look out for include Needles & Pins, Deathblow and Battle-Axe.

Talking about the new album, guitarist, Stephen Carpenter said: "We couldn’t sit still... We had built up a lot of creative steam on the road and were hitting on all cylinders.

"You can’t just turn that off. We tried relaxing and living like regular civilians, but it wasn’t happening. We’d forgotten how."

Deftones first introduced themselves to the world with their 1995 debut album, Adrenalin, but it was the release of 1997’s, Around The Fur that confirmed their current status as one of rock’s most exciting acts.

With 2000’s massive-selling album, White Pony, Deftones achieved mainstream recognition, assisted by the hit single Change (In The House Of Flies).

Deftones are set to play the main-stage at the Download Festival on May 31, when fans can catch an early glimpse of new material.

The album, itself, is out on May 19.

 

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