Over a year has passed since Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was severely injured in a serious automobile accident, and, sadly he remains in a semi-conscious state. According to his family, he is "slowly making progress," but is in need of financial assistance to help pay medical bills his insurance won't cover.

To help his financial struggle, Deftones played two benefit shows for Cheng on Nov. 19 and 20, in which they raised approximately $50,000, Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno told Noisecreep's ''Creep Show' during a podcast that will air early next week.

The benefit shows featured numerous guests, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda, Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian and guitarist Daron Malakian, and Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir. In addition, members of Metallica, System of a Down, Slayer, Blink 182, HIM and others donated items to a charity auction for Cheng, which raised another $50,000, Moreno said. During the ''Creep Show' podcast, Moreno talked about the two benefit shows, the auction and how Cheng's accident nearly broke up the band.

He also talked about how, instead, the Deftones bonded together like never before to become a truly united musical force. He also explained why they decided to start writing a new album from scratch instead of releasing 'Eros,' the record they previously tracked with Cheng.

According to Moreno, the currently untitled new disc is tentatively scheduled for release in April 2010 and will feature some of the band's heaviest, most intense material -- which was spontaneously written over the course of a couple months in a similar manner to the way they created early albums, like 1997's 'Around the Fur' and 2000's 'White Pony.'

The upcoming podcast will also feature an in-depth "Creep Show' panel discussion of the 10 best metal albums of the year, and why. Keep watching this space.

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