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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, Deftones 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. Despite his recovery, Cheng passed away from cardiac arrest on April 13, 2013, at age 42. In 2014, to mark the one-year anniversary of his death, Deftones released the track "Smile," from the unreleased Eros. Around this time, they also began work on a follow-up to Koi No Yokan, with a planned release date for autumn 2015. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Im your passangerrrr r r r ! ! ! ! ! God dammit this song rocks
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Mike smith is just mad that he never gets to listen to anything great. They only had one bad song, but that doesn't make them bad. I'll be expecting them to make their next album to be their best
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rosolen5
I have an extensive collection of music from 90s to now and I am continuously drawn to 3 bands ,deftones, faith no more , and tool .. so thats my top 3 ..enjoy
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rosolen5
best band of ever .. listen to all album's in order of production to really appreciate why they still deliver ridiculously good music..
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I am so in love with your music!!! Sigh....
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MIKE SMITH IS CLEARLY A MORON.. THEY'RE TOURING RIGHT NOW WITH INCUBUS IN AMERICA. YOU'RE A FOOL.
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An owl was only company mother Mary had while mourning Jesus's death ...
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⚡️♠️⚡️❤️⚡️♣️
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One of the worst bands I've ever heard. No wonder nobody likes these guys
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The only thing better than Chino singing is Maynard singing Passenger with him! I agree Adrenalin is the chit.. Around the fur is supercalafra g a l i s t i c as well.. IMO- there's no such thing as a bad Deftones album!! RIP Chi.. Always a pleasure to meet! C U ON THE FLIP SIDE BROTHER
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Deftones is one of the most dynamic raw bands ever. Chino's scream is off the charts. just you tube deftones lolapolluza 2011 passager his scream at the end of the track will blow you away. best ive ever heard!
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I wanna see them live!!!!
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Ommfggg where have they been all my life!??? Y am i now discovering them now they are AMAZING!!!!! !
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nicko252008
Adrenaline is def the best.
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They're still underrated. Go listen to something else if you're going to complain
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ryansmith312 1 5
All of their albums are great but IMO adrenaline is the best to me probably because that's the one I heard first obviously
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nicko252008
They should be more popular flyinghomo? They have had multiple albums in the top 5 on the billboard. How is that NOT popular?
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I've seen all of Chinos Projects.. Really digging Crosses and of course Dtones .Met Chino and different members, always cool! Stayed for a Chinos DJ set after party.. Mixing Pantera into Cypress.. B seeing them with Tool, PRIMUS and chit load of kick azz bands in AZ 4 the Monster Mash!
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Chino's voice is beyond anything these kids hear nowadays ....they just don't have a clue...Defto n e s . . . n o comparison.
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Deftones should be one of the top bands kids need to listen to today, so they can understand what real music sounds like. While I was in high school, early 2000s, I was fortunate enough to see deftones twice and team sleep @ Trees in Dallas,Tx. Great F $#@ing show. A must see! Thank you music Gods for allowing Deftones to be born into existence.
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Deftones has mastered the ability to instill passion in their listeners. It's sexy.... It's dark.... "I'd like you to take me apart from the inside...... "
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They should be more popular. Keep up the good music
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I'm not sure how to comment on a band so sound. Not a word in the dictionary can sum up Deftones. Pure listening pleasure. Thank you Deftones.
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Better be a better to ne
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I don't think I've ever left comments for any other band/song/si n g e r , but here goes...
deftones is inside of me, ingrained within my personality & has played/plays a major part in shaping the me of now. my first live show was taproot and incubus, with deftones headlining in 2004, in Reno. I have countless experiences for which a plethora of their songs provide a score and or soundtrack. my life w/o these guys would have a VERY different feel to it, that's for sure. rip Chi, thanks for all you co
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These guys led the way for many of today's hard core bands like Tool and Chevelle.
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Adrenaline & Around The Fur r my favorite albums
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All you are........i s meat
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All of their albums are awesome, listen to em all.
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I have lived the past 3 years shutting out music because it is edgy and little did i notice that none of that matters.
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highroadpilo t
also i never knew i could access band chat through pandora. I could harness some banter with edgy music dependancy heroes. I'm a punk with a classic rock love partner, so often a little frustrated that my lifetime favorites are previously unheard of. yikes. go way past deftones.
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highroadpilo t
i somehow managed to miss this band altogether, so tell me the one album i should start with. note i'm a very sophisticate d listener, albiet the occasional mental hiccup.
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Concert in Chicago july 23, 2015 :) cant wait
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Aug 13!! Looking forward to the live experience!
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SHOVE IT , SHOVE IT , SHOVE IT!!!.......
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An awesome band!!! Love their music!!!
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R.I.P. Chi! We will miss you always! Deftones have been a leading figure in my music and personal life since the beginning. '95! Year of it all! It's '95, we go for the hive! -311! You all were the pioneers and architects of the well known best decade this Earth will ever see and I WATCHED YOU CHANGE WORLD AND IT WAS IT WAS LIKE YOU NEVER KNEW! TO THAT ONE THAT ALWAYS PROMISED NOT TO CHANGE- PHUCK YOU! NOW THE CANCER IS EATING ME AND I'M HERE hoping still to see you. Sometimes change really s
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Deftness rocks! I love you chino. .
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I was very fortunate to work with them on their release party and show on the Santa Monica Pier for this album. Red bull and vodka....
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I Love this like you wouldn't believe
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If you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either fey kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room to night. In the next 53 minutes minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.

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RIP Chi Cheng. My favorite band for years now.
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I remember going to school with them wow that's awesome i use to like playing gamecube with them haha
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calirican246
Turtlepower3 1 2 , my aunts boyfriend went to school with Chino too
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my parents knew the singer they went to the same high school together
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Inside my mind mellow beats hits as lights dim. Close my eyes and dream of u..
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...of a wonder filled and defiant life. More questions less answers please
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Words and music about the inexplicable . I thought I was pretty unique in my flatout rejection of Western society's insistence that nothing remain a mystery, that all things pass through the academic model. This music reminds me that you don't have to be right or know everything. All of the most beautiful things are still as far away from scientific explanation as they ever were. we worship science and reason and we ask all the wrong questions. Very few of us ever get to take comfort in the joys
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