Though the past year has seen Chino Moreno balancing time between his side bands Palms, Team Sleep and Crosses, the vocalist is definitely back at work with his main band Deftones and expecting to release an album with the group later this year.

Moreno tells Rolling Stone that the new album sessions have gone really well so far, explaining, "The songs are amazing and we wrote them in a really cool way. We had all of us in a room together with one person expressing an idea and another person jumping on it. The songs are really built as a collective. We have five guys who have almost completely different takes on music, so when it works, it works great."

The vocalist reveals that the band has already yielded 16 songs for the new album, which he projects as arriving by September or October. He adds, "I think it's a little more of a heady record. I feel like we've gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little too straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven't done in the past."

While Moreno sees the disc as a departure from Koi No Yokan, he adds that it's definitely a Deftones record. The group expects to finish tracking the album with producer Matt Hyde by the end of March.

Meanwhile, the Instagram account MarcMojoIsBack recently posted what is purported to be 15 seconds of a song tracked for the new album. Check out the post below.

As for Moreno's other projects, the rocker confirms that Crosses are on hiatus until Deftones are done. Meanwhile, Team Sleep are said to be sitting on a new album, plotting a release for when the time is right. He did not mention the current status of Palms, but did state that he's firmly focused on Deftones at the moment.