So, the album has officialy fished (as far as Wikipedia entries can be official), and even though I'm not a big Deftones fan, and couldn't really like their previous albums, I do think this album is quite good.
SNW is the eagerly awaited 5th studio album from the Sacramento-based band Deftones. The album will be released on Maverick Records on October 31, 2006. The first single will be called "Hole In The Earth". The song can be heard at the Deftones' MySpace page as of August 16, 2006. The single is scheduled to hit the radio on October 16, 2006. It was recently announced (via MySpace) that anyone who places their order before the release of the album (in otherwords any order palced until October 30th) will recieve "1 of 3 special edition lithographs".
1. "Hole In The Earth" - 4:09
2. "Rapture" - 3:25
3. "Beware" - 6:00
4. "Cherry Waves" - 5:17
5. "Mein" (featuring Serj Tankian) - 3:59
6. "U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, A, B, Select, Start" - 4:12 
7. "Xerces" - 3:42
8. "Rats! Rats! Rats!" - 4:00
9. "Pink Cellphone" (featuring Annie Hardy) - 5:04
10. "Combat" - 4:46
11. "Kimdracula" - 3:15
12. "Rivičre" - 3:44
Confirmed collaborations on the record include Annie Hardy from Giant Drag on the song "Pink Cell Phone" and Serj Tankian from System of A Down on a song called "Mein". Rey Osburn of Tinfed fame and Dr. Know of Bad Brains contributed to songs early on in the recording process but it is unknown if they made the cut.
Label Maverick Records
Producer(s) Shaun Lopez
As any other indie fan who casually ran into Deftones, I liked some of their songs (Minerva stands out), but couldn't listen to their albums as a whole. However, SNW seems to be one of the better LPs I've heard recently.
In relation to previous albums by Deftones, SNW is more shoe-gazey, got stronger melodies, and is less "heavy". In some moments it really reminded me of Hum. Tracks 1 to 7 are all very good, while "Rapture" and "Mein", together with the first single, really stand out. I immediately liked everything I heard, and I got the impression the album is very accessible.
There's a minor drop in quality near the end of the album - "Rats! Rats! Rats!" (too intense, less melodious) and "Pink Cellphone" (utterly strange) don't even grow on me, and thats after the sixth listen or so.
Overall, it has that Deftones sound, but its also quite different. I'm curious what the fans, and "White Pony" fans in particular, will think of this album. After all, the reason I like it that much might be the same one that will turn other people off.