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Deftones land cover of leading rock magazine ahead of new record release

Sacramento represents at Travis Barker's 'Musink' tattoo and music festival

Sacramento's Deftones and artists from midtown's Royal Peacock tattoo studio were featured at the event (March 4-6) in Costa Mesa. The festival, hosted by drummer Travis Barker, also featured Oliver Peck from the "Ink Master" TV show. Deftones per
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Sacramento's Deftones and artists from midtown's Royal Peacock tattoo studio were featured at the event (March 4-6) in Costa Mesa. The festival, hosted by drummer Travis Barker, also featured Oliver Peck from the "Ink Master" TV show. Deftones per

Deftones’ new album, “Gore,” is set for release on April 8 and the publicity machine is kicking into full gear.

The latest bit of press for the Sacramento-native band is a full cover story treatment in Kerrang!, the long-running publication based in the U.K. that’s branded as “the world’s biggest-selling weekly rock magazine.” It’s an eight-page spread with many photos and side stories devoted to Deftones, which Kerrang! dubs triumphantly as “the band that changed rock.”

Topics include the band addressing reports of significant tensions within the group, reflections on Chi Cheng, the late-Deftones bassist, and some of the band’s darker days, to a renewed sense of purpose that’s reflected in “Gore.”

Some of the interviews and photos were taken in early March at MUSINK, the music-and-tattoo festival curated by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in Orange County. The Bee was also at MUSINK to catch Deftones in this warm-up show before the release of “Gore,” and we’ve got our own story coming soon with scenes from this show along with follow-up interviews with members of the group.

Deftones are logging its 28th year as a band, an eternity in hard rock years, and they’ve got plenty of stories to share and insight about how they’ve managed to stick together in a business where longevity is rare. The band recently offered a peek at their new record, sharing the track “Prayers/Triangles” with online audiences.

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