Chino Moreno wants to bring guitars “to the forefront” on next Deftones album

ABC/Randy HolmesLeading up to the release of the band’s 2016 album, Gore, Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter said he originally “didn’t want to play” on the record, citing creative differences over the direction of the songs. In a new interview with Revolver, frontman Chino Moreno says he hopes Carpenter will have a bigger role in the next Deftones album.

“On our last record, [Carpenter] didn’t have as much to do with the writing process that I would’ve liked for him to have,” says Moreno. “The idea this time is just to go hang out with him for a couple weeks at his house, and just record him playing guitar, take some of the riffs, whatever that he makes, chop ’em up, organize stuff.”

In fact, Moreno thinks that Carpenter’s guitar playing is one of the most — “if not the most,” he says — important parts of the Deftones sound.

“With those riffs, with the way Abe [Cunningham] plays drums, that’s the essence of what we do, and I just wanna bring that to the forefront,” Moreno explains.

Before all that happens, Deftones will play the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest festival in November.

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