Early LP ‘Adrenaline’ and ‘Around The Fur’ showcased stylistic elements entirely connected to drop-tuned riffs and rapped verses – but 2000’s ‘White Pony’ incorporated prominent electronics, while covers of material by Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode and Sade highlighted the broad palette of influences informing the five-piece. Frontman Chino Moreno has been particularly vocal regarding his wide-reaching tastes – when picking 13 favourite LPs for The Quietus (link), he selected sets by Brian Eno, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Fever Ray, Pantha Du Prince and Tortoise. No offense to ol’ Red Cap, but one can’t imagine Fred Durst opening up as a fan of German avant-jazz. So it’s no surprise that Moreno has frequently dabbled in side projects, avenues to further explore his creative urges that Deftones just isn’t the right vehicle for. He’s fronted Team Sleep, a vaguely dream-pop ensemble featuring Zach Hill (Hella, Death Grips) on drums, and worked beside former members of post-metal titans Isis as Palms, releasing an eponymous debut LP in the summer of 2013. And now Crosses (stylised as †††), founded in 2011, releases its first album after a couple of well-received EPs.