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Deftones

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushed singing -- spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The group first formed in Sacramento, California during 1988, when then high school students Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Chino Moreno (vocals) first began to jam together. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, going through several different bass players before finding a permanent bassist in the form of Chi Cheng.

Although the group was more heavy metal-based early on, the early '90s saw Deftones expand their sound even further, inspired by such groundbreakers as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Faith No More. A strong four-song demo was completed soon after, and it landed the group a recording contract with Madonna's label, Maverick. Enlisting the services of Soundgarden and Pantera producer Terry Date (who would eventually become a regular producer for the group), the quartet's debut full-length, Adrenaline, was issued in October of 1995. While the album wasn't an instant success, Deftones built a dedicated fan base the old-fashioned way -- by touring relentlessly (both on their own and opening for more established acts as Ozzy Osbourne, L7, and Korn). With sales of Adrenaline topping 200,000 copies, expectations were high for their sophomore release, Around the Fur. Issued in October of 1997, it more than delivered, catapulting the band to the top of the alt-metal mountain on the strength of such MTV/radio faves as "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)." Sometime after the album's release, turntablist/keyboardist Frank Delgado (who had helped out on the first two albums) formally joined up and expanded the group's lineup to a five-piece.

A seven-track import EP, 1999's Live, was issued as a stopgap release as Deftones began work on their third studio effort (Cheng also issued a spoken word release, The Bamboo Parachute, around this time as well). White Pony was eventually released in June of 2000 and proved to be one of the most eagerly anticipated heavy rock releases of the year. The album was another success (debuting at number three on the album charts), and it showed the quintet unafraid to experiment with its sound, as Moreno let such '80s modern rock influences as the Cure and the Smiths seep into Deftones' sound. (After touring wrapped up for the album, Moreno formed Team Sleep and began recording an eponymous album, which was delayed numerous times but finally saw release in 2005.) Soon Deftones reunited to work on new ideas, and enlisted Date again to helm their new album. Eagerly anticipated by both fans and critics alike, Deftones dropped in May 2003 and spawned the single "Minerva." The quintet then embarked on the Summer Sanitarium tour with Metallica and Linkin Park. Deftones ended up peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, and the band took a well-deserved break for rest and side projects. In October 2005, Deftones issued a two-disc set of B-sides and rarities before returning with a new studio full-length, Saturday Night Wrist, a year later.

In 2007, the band began working on Eros, which was set to be their sixth album. The album was delayed indefinitely when bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a serious car accident that left him in a coma. Cheng was replaced by Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega in 2009, and the band got back to touring and recording. Though Eros was still shelved, in 2010 the band released a new album, Diamond Eyes. Cheng partially regained consciousness in 2012 and returned home to recover, though he wouldn't be in good enough shape to appear on the band's seventh album, Koi No Yokan, which arrived later that year. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Comments

I'm your passenger!!!
Yaaaaasssss
Being from Sacramento, these guys give me and my band hope.
my love of the "tones" is 1 of the few things my EX gave me that I cherish ;)
Loved them for 11 years. I cherish the sound of chinos voice
I am only just getting into Deftones, and I have to say I am extremely impressed. The way they tie in atmosphere with plain rock (grunge?) roots is awe inspiring. I am looking forward to exploring this band more and seeing all they have to offer!
Follow for follow
melinda.odon n e l l 5
Wow!!! Deeeeep and cozmic... Luv, luv, luv deftones..
Chino Moreno! *"(^*^)"*
Flipping thru the tube last night and stopped on tnt cause i heard change it was the opening credits for some show called major crimes at least they have good taste in music
Great band
Yes
def tones
deft ones
tone defs
Got deftones blasting in the shop love it!!
Hotdangit
Log fire = rain
susie359
Me likie!!!
melinda.odon n e l l 5
What a group!! So Effin hard and deep..
Chino gives me goosebumps! ... no homo. Ok homo... lol jk
Best. Band. Ever.
Seen them at least a dozen times. This is one of the best he has done emotionally empasizing so much compassion and heart. Love them! 26 years later amazing still. R.i.p Chi.
Spookwagen?? ? ? ?
idrivethedar t
Chino? Maynard is holding this one down....
nice... <3
DONT READ THIS IS TRUE u will b kissed by ur true love on the nearest friday now tht u have started reading this u have to post this on 5 other songs b4 12:00 am or u will die in 2 days then press f6 if u can and ur true loves nane will appear on ur screen
Constant great records
Best concert to date. I love Chino's voice..
badass
Chino's voice..
Relative Ash!!!!!! Chi-Town!!!! !
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firestep_dj
My favourite band I love them seen them about 4 times. Come back to Australia soon!
finally saw them live with mastodon and alice in chains. what a great set they did. they opened with rocket skates and from there it was just amazing. deftones are one of my all time fave bands.
Every damn time i hear a song, no matter how many times i've heard it, i hear something new. I feel something new. That voice.... Amazing still....
one of my most favorite bands , the likes of this brought me from the old school' to present day s**t
Deftones the soundtrack to my life!!-Jess
Beautiful <3
Love Deftones .music is just not the same anymore. Around the fur is the best ever.
autopsy_exam
inspirationa l band. that is all I have to say.
Deftones are the best around the fur and adrenaline were my high school's freshman year soundtrack.. . . Then when white pony came out my girlfriend at the time bought mr the special vinyl edition and the grey cover special edition
fashio68
muy buena banda
Marisa, you rock!!
Love deftones
marlena.kluk
I own all of their albums whoever says they suck has probs
I♡ this album
If you like the Deftones, then you're gonna love my band called She poops in my toilet. Deftones ripped us off big time!
This was the first band I ever heard
I love them follow for a follow
marlena.kluk
Yaaay i got the single off eros
OMG! How am I just now hearing these song? Great album!

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