After their current tour wraps up, Deftones plan to start working on the follow up to their latest album 'Diamond Eyes'. Vocalist Chino Moreno told "We're going to have a month off, but in that month we're talking about going in and starting to write again, maybe even two or three weeks in a rehearsal spot just recording ideas and keeping it going. So if all goes well hopefully we'll have some product for early next year."

The group is planning to make its seventh album with Sergio Vega, who stepped in during the making of "Diamond Eyes" after bassist Chi Cheng was severely injured in a 2008 auto accident. "Sergio is great," Moreno says. "He's a great dude and he's doing a great job and we're just rolling with where we're at right now, and we'll see what happens."

Moreno adds that Cheng is showing some signs of improvement but it still in "a semi-conscious state," unable to communicate with those around him. Nevertheless, Deftones continue to "put a lot of hopes and a lot of prayers into" his recovery. "We're hoping that he's gonna be back on his feet sooner than later, but who knows," Moreno notes. "It's just going to take time, and all we can do is be patient and just hope for the best."

Deftones wrap up their current tour June 13th in San Francisco and are scheduled to play this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago In August alongside, Foo Fighters, Muse and A Perfect Circle among others. Later this year the band will head overseas for the Reading and Leeds festivals in the U.K. and a couple shows in Germany.

[Via Billboard]