Stef’s Side Project, Sol Invicto, releases EP

SOL INVICTO, the side project of DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and Richie Londres from the C.L.P. (CULTURA LONDRES PROYECTO) on production/guitar, has made its debut EP, “Initium”, available for free download at this location. The project is described in a press release as “twisted cinematic drum ‘n’ bass mixed with the tones of Stephen Carpenter and tribal percussion of CYPRESS HILL‘s Eric Bobo.

“Initium” features guest drummer Zach Hill (HELLA, TEAM SLEEP) who originally joined the project for the recording back in 2008.

SOL INVICTO plans to release a further two EPs over the next couple of months.

Commented Londres: “‘Initium’ is our way of introducing the SOL INVICTO project as we build towards the debut album. We wanted to make it available for fans for free; they have been very patient, it felt like the right thing to do.

“We have two EPs in the production stage which will feature Dan Foord
(SIKTH) and the plan is to get these out by the end of September. We are not tied in to any labels right now. It’s great that we can just make and release music instantly without anything holding us back.”

Interview with Abe and Frank recently conducted an interview with DEFTONES drummer Abe Cunningham and turntablist/keyboardist Frank Delgado. You can now watch the chat below.

DEFTONES recently revealed that it may use some of its time off to get into the studio and begin laying the groundwork for its seventh studio release, according to The California band is currently in the midst of its first proper headlining tour since issuing the “Diamond Eyes” album a year ago, but singer Chino Moreno explained that they may take advantage of a break between the end of this trek and some summer festival dates, “We’re going to have like a month off, but I think in that month off, we’re talking about going in and starting writing again, spending maybe even like two or three weeks in a rehearsal spot just recording ideas and just keeping it going, you know. If all goes well, hopefully we’ll have some product for early next year,” he said.

Moreno said that all five members of the group are recording their own ideas already, but that DEFTONES music doesn’t really emerge until the full band gets into a room together and starts jamming.

He explained, “We find that when we actually get together in a rehearsal spot where there’s no distractions and we can work together cohesively as a band, that’s really when we’re writing songs.”

2010’s “Diamond Eyes” has been one of DEFTONES‘ most successful outings. The set’s latest single, “You’ve Seen The Butcher”, was a Top 15 rock radio hit.

DEFTONES will once again record with Sergio Vega on bass. Vega stepped in for touring purposes after original bassist Chi Cheng was left in a semi-comatose state by a November 2008 car accident, and stayed on to record “Diamond Eyes” with the group.