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Deftones have released a new song called "Leathers" at the band's official website, deftones.com, as a limited-time free download. The track is taken from the group's seventh album, Koi No Yokan, which comes out on November 13th and follows up 2010's Diamond Eyes. The first official single from the set, called "Tempest," will be sent to radio stations in early October.
The new disc is the second recorded with bassist Sergio Vega filling in for Chi Cheng, who remains in a semi-comatose state as a result of a November 2008 car accident. Frontman Chino Moreno told us that Vega stepped up as a songwriter on Koi No Yokan: "This is our second time writing with him, so...obviously the Diamond Eyes record was the first thing, but even that, I still feel like, you know, he was, that was his first kind of part of being in the band and although he wrote a lot on that record and did a great job, I think he really came out of his shell a lot more in this writing process."
The album's title is a Japanese term that, while not directly translatable to English, essentially means "love at first sight."
Deftones will support the new CD with a nationwide headlining tour which kicks off on October 9th in Ventura, California. Prior to that, the group will play at the Epicenter Festival in Irvine, California on Saturday (September 22nd) and the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California on Sunday (September 23rd).