Rockers DEFTONES have written a new album in honour of hospitalised bass player CHI CHENG.
Cheng slipped into a coma after an horrific car crash in Santa Clara, California last November (08), and has still yet to regain full consciousness.
The band completed a new album, Eros, before Cheng's accident, but put the record on hold and instead penned a new batch of songs to help cope with the trauma.
And singer Chino Moreno is adamant his bandmate would be "proud" of the new tunes.
He tells Kerrang! magazine, "To see your brother in that condition... I can't even find the words to explain how it feels. I've spent the last 20 years of my life right next to him. Every little thing we do, I'm used to doing with Chi by my side. Now, when I look over, he's not there.
"At the moment, he's still in a coma. It's a weird stage. When someone's in a state like that, he's still here with us but yet he's not. He's in limbo. It's been pretty tough. I miss my friend. I want him to come back. I hope he comes back soon.
"I know that, deep down, Chi would be proud of us and, in a big way, we're doing this (new album) for him. We're trying to do the best we can for him, for us, and for the situation, and that's to bury our heads in music. If anything positive can come out of this, then working on this music has really brought rest of us guys very, very close."