Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter and his new side project Sol Invicto, have released their debut EP ‘Initium,’ which is available as a free digital download.
The project also features Eric Bobo of Cypress Hil and guest drummer Zach Hill of Hella and Team Sleep. Sol Invicto’s Facebook page describes their sound as being a, ‘mix [of] twisted cinematic industrial drum & bass with the sonic tones of Deftones Stephen Carpenter blended with tribal percussion from Cypress Hill’s Eric Bobo…’
Initium has been in the works since ’08, but due to unforeseen delays, the project was held back, until now. Richie Londres, who co-produced ‘Initium,’ recently told Deftones.RU that the release was long overdue. “ In my opinion, my opinion it has taken far too long, but I understand that there is a right time for everything, and I think that its taken a while for all the pieces to fall into place to bring the Sol Invicto concept to the people. We actually had Zach’s (Zach Hill) drums recorded back in 2008, and they ended up just sitting in the hard drive for a couple of years because we didn’t really feel the tracks were right, then early this year AJ (AJ Cookson) and myself just decided to open up the pages and just really start to hack into the sound and chop up and destroy the audio and make something without any kind of plan, just trying to be creative. We only started this process in June and took us about 6 weeks.”
In an interview with Noisecreep Londres explained why the decision was made to give the EP away for free. “We decided the best way to introduce the project was directly to the fans and allow them to spread the word, that way we get to build the project on its own merits rather than just capitalize on the obvious connections. It’s great to be able to play that card, no question. However, Sol Invicto needs to stand on its own.”
Sol Invicto will issue two more EPs over the coming months, and Londres says that a full-length album is definitely in the cards. “We all feel more focused now that the first proper release is out, all I can say is that we are working much faster now. I won’t put a date on the album, but the 2 other EPs I would like to have out by the end of September at the latest, these ep’s are a way of releasing some ideas to see what’s going to work for the album, the sound will get progressively heavier with more riffs, we just want it to grow in an organic way and not do something that people expect, just something they can appreciate. Stephens sound is a big part of the project but people shouldn’t be expecting anything. Sol Invicto is its own beast,” the producer told Deftones.RU.
You can download ‘Initium’ here.