Despite being very clear about why Deftones have turned town offers to tour with Korn, and maintaining a staunch position on the topic, Chino Moreno was asked what band he would like to tour with. He said last week how Deftones avoided touring opportunities, not because they don’t like the guys in Korn, but to avoid being “lumped over” in the Nu-Metal genre, he replied: “I’m gonna go ahead and say Korn, contrary to all the hate mail I woke up to yesterday. It’s funny too, cause this is like 1998 and they are asking me about “Around The Fur“.
He went on to say he made a conscious decision to try to break away from what Deftones were trying to be shut into. “Not that we felt better than Korn and Limp Bizkit or any of the other bands, but we just wanted our own identity. One way of helping that was to do shows on our own and away from what we were being lumped into, so that’s all. It’s just funny how blown out of proportion people get. I would do shows with them, I would definitely do shows with them.”
Moreno was then asked about the first metal album he ever bought, he replied “I don’t know if you could call it ‘metal’, but punk and metal, I guess whatever. It was all kind of a blur to me at the time. The first metal record I had and I actually still have it my actual first 12” full record that I ever bought on vinyl, is Corrosion Of Conformity‘s ‘Animosity’.
It’s still a great record, I mean it’s trashy. I kind of hate to say it, but it’s kind of punk, crossover, thrash, mentally kind of whatever. It’s just like a hardcore record and I skateboarded a lot and it went along with my the lifestyle that I was into. That music kind of fueled just skating as fast as I could through the streets.
The other day I was just going through my records and I found it I actually still have the vinyl and I love it. I tried to show it to my son he’s big into punk, whatever and he had no idea what it was and I was like ‘hey, you should check this out.’ Obviously Corrosion Of Conformity became more metal, even Southern rock, later on in their career. But their first record was super aggressive.”