DEFTONES' long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "White Pony" is tentatively set for a May 20 release through Maverick Records.
"It's been a long process, longer than any other record," DEFTONES drummer Abe Cunningham told MTV.com about the almost three-year span leading up to the Sacramento band's fourth album.
DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno is currently in a Seattle studio tracking the remaining vocals for the self-titled effort, after which the project will enter the mixing stage.
The band recorded about 15 songs with longtime DEFTONES producer Terry Date (LIMP BIZKIT, PANTERA) and will shortly select the 10 tracks to be included on the final product, most of which was recorded in the band's own studio in its hometown of Sacramento.
"We had the luxury to be able to record it and screw with things as we went," Cunningham said. "We were never able to do that before. That's the beauty of having your own studio."
DEFTONES are scheduled to embark on the Summer Sanitarium 2003 Tour, headlined by METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK, beginning July 4.