Diamond Eyes is the sixth studio album by American rock band Deftones. The album was released through Warner Bros. and Reprise Records on May 4, 2010. An album tentatively titled Eros was originally intended to be their sixth full-length release, but was not released due to bassist Chi Cheng entering a coma after a serious car accident that occurred in November 2008. The release of Eros was put on hold in favor of Diamond Eyes in June 2009. Former Quicksand bass player, Sergio Vega is featured on the album in substitution for Cheng.
Diamond Eyes was originally scheduled to be released on April 27 through Warner Bros. Records/Reprise Records, but was pushed back three weeks to May 18, and later pushed forward to May 4, 2010. The latter release date change was possibly due to the album leaking onto the internet two months before the release date in March 2010. The first song released off the album, "Rocket Skates", was available for free download through the band's official website on February 23, 2010. The song had been included in Deftones live performances starting in October 2009, and will be released as a limited edition 7" vinyl single for international Record Store Day on April 17, 2010. The first radio single was the title track, "Diamond Eyes", which was released for airplay on March 30, 2010. The single was also was released as a digital download on March 23, 2010.
"I don't like listening to people's problems - I like music. Music has been smothered with that complaining since the early-'90s. It gets old. Instead of going to the opposite side of the spectrum and listening to Black Eyed Peas, which is just straight silly, I choose to listen to more instrumental music. I do very little singing about myself on this record. I love songs where I can totally take myself out of being human. I can sing about really odd things, and they don't necessarily have to pertain to me at all. It paints a picture. Those are the kind of lyrics I grew up with - like The Cure. Really visual images and no storytelling." --- Chino Moreno .