"Eros" (partially found tracks from unfinished Deftones album; 2008)
In mid-April 2008, alternative metal band Deftones began recording what was intended to be their sixth studio album, Eros (the name stemming from an in-joke between band members about the excessive use of the term in German pornography). Somewhat fittingly, the tentative names for several songs were named after strippers.
Tension had been rising between the band members from 2000 to 2007 due to troubles in their personal lives. In 2007, the band had an intervention of sorts, making sure if they still wanted to be a band and, after unanimously agreeing to stay together, revamping their studio to include a bar and generally make it a more casual place to hang out. By October 2007, they had written half an album's worth of songs and made the tentative title of Eros for it in January 2008. Alongside recording the album, they released five in-studio mini-documentaries online following the album's progress for the first time in the band's history.
Chi Cheng's Death and Shelving
On November 3rd, 2008, just as Chino Moreno, the lead vocalist, had left the studio after recording some vocal tracks for Eros (of which he was halfway through completing), he was told that bassist Chi Cheng had been involved in a serious car accident shortly before that. Cheng was rushed to the hospital and was later announced to be in a coma. All production on the album immediately ceased, and the band turned their focus to their injured friend.
After the hospital visit, Cheng was reportedly in a semi-comatose state, being able to move his legs and follow people with his eyes, but unable to speak or move otherwise. Deftones went on to release two more albums in 2010 and 2012 (Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan respectively) with replacement bassist Sergio Vega. Their official reasoning for this was because Eros was a very dark album, so they wanted to make more uplifting albums to cope with Cheng's condition. Despite Cheng seemingly improving, he died of cardiac arrest on April 13th, 2013, making Eros the last thing the bassist worked on.
Future Official Release
Moreno stated that he would have preferred to release the album after Cheng got better so they could go on tour with all of the original band members. Since his death, however, he's stated that while the band definitely wants to release the album, they also want to wait for a time where the songs can be viewed on their own merits.
Despite the album currently being shelved, some demos and songs from the album have surfaced.
In July 2008, Moreno posted an instrumental demo online for a new song titled "You've Seen the Butcher," the title of which would later be reused for a different song on Diamond Eyes. While this wasn't officially stated as being on the album, it can be assumed that it would have been on there as Eros was the only album they had planned at the time. Additionally, in September of the same year, they began playing a new song titled "Melanie" during live tours, which would have also been on the album.
Finally, on April 13th, 2014, Moreno uploaded the song "Smile" from the album to his Youtube channel in honour of Cheng's passing the previous year, making it the first time they officially released a track from the album so far. Two days later, despite Moreno himself releasing it, Warner Music Group took it down on the grounds of copyright infringement. It has since been mirrored.
Other songs that were announced for the album included "Dallas," "Destiny," "Melanie," and "Trempest."
- In-studio special 1 of 5. Retrieved 17 Jan '13.
- In-studio special 2 of 5. Retrieved 17 Jan '13.
- In-studio special 3 of 5. Retrieved 17 Jan '13.
- In-studio special 4 of 5. Retrieved 17 Jan '13.
- In-studio special 5 of 5. Retrieved 17 Jan '13.
- Chino Moreno interview (May 10, 2013). Retrieved 20 May '13.
- Chino Moreno interview (May 21, 2013). Retrieved 21 May '13.