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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. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Roll the window down this cool night air is curious
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One of my favorites...
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Deftones music take me to another world!! By far the Best!!
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Download MP3 ROCKET AND GET ALL YOUR MUSIC FREE..
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Down sense day 1..they r well received in The Duke City.. Chino is a decent dj too. After party hopping. Fronts 4 bands now
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Impenetrable .
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I bought the team sleep album at a dollar store. It's a shame it was literally $1.09. I played that cd til it finally tired. They are my fav part of deftones melodic sound. Songs like xerces give me the chills. Perfect for driving around at night in town.
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no i like heavy bands who have talent. its not my fault that pandora puts bands i dont care for on my plate. it was like watchen headbangers ball in the late 80s and a skullcrusher vid would be white lion?

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You like nickelback.. . enough said.
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oh sorry did i miss something? a deftones song came on and it put me to bed.....so boring
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barton1331
Always excited to see what they come up with next
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barton1331
Deftones are the pinnacle for me compared to all other bands...I still haven't come across any other group that is as complex or mercurial as they are
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Really dig this band!!
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916 916 represent
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I love you guys! "My own summer" by far the dopest !
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The cover of Sade's, "No Ordinary Love" is my favorite!
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For those few who are a bit confused, Chino Moreno is alive and well. It was Chi Cheng, the band's bassist until 2008, who passed away in 2013.
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just drink some liq M n ripd a rit....we going for a ride Dr. Jones cause im a passenger now!;)
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Deftones are the best. I just wish I could of seen chino perform with his amazing vocals, their songs sure do make a good vibe!!
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I dont care what anybody says, Deftones are the f**king s**t!!
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id rather listen to abba then deftones im sorry but they dont have one good song
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Best band of all time
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Simple man... Wonderful remix
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This is the band that started my addiction for metal.. I have every album and they never get old
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If Change is the only Deftones song you know or like... kill yourself. :/
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best band ever
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Bored... Seriously all i expect with career
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CHINNOOO!!!!
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Hey cousin
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raginmax
Crosses is another great band from Mr. Moreno! !!
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Change is by far the best song .... Love it. So is Needles and Pins.... Ahhhh memories
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melinda.odon n e l l 5
These guys are amazing!!!! B
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This band may have some bad songs but they have soo many good ones. I love this band. Fat nutsac does indeed suck fat nutsac.
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Change is the only good song . Other than that this group completely sucks . They'll make you go tone def... Two thumbs down for this band.
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Chi!! So amazing <3
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I never get tired of listening to Deftones. Rip Chi...
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anthony.anay a
Nothing Deftones can do wrong...
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And completely on point live too...
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Wow I forgot how much I loved Deftones... so heavy and emotionally deep (but not all gay like modern emo"metal" bands)... they just get better with age too, I don't even think they've peaked yet personally.. .
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melinda.odon n e l l 5
Simple man!!!! Aren't we all...
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cedillod
Love you Deftones! I'm glad such a band exists with ethereal sounds and amazing lyrics ��������
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follow for follow
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Moreno is most underrated singer in hard rock and heavy metal music. Guy is amazing
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I'm a tattoo artist tht Jams to hell and bk ' when I lose myself n the art .now I now my new neck tat it'll read Adrenaline. Startin from the bk of my neck to the middle front caddy corner ... wit ah Lil more things added but for most thanks to Deftones...m u c h luv ..well forever jam together .
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RIP Chi Cheng! Memory lives on through this amazing music.
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randyblaine1 8
But it's Sarah Coffey not randy lol
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randyblaine1 8
I love the deftones if it wasn't for Saturday night wrist I would be dead because my daughter passed of SIDS thx chino for the blessing of the band and ur beautiful voice!! R.I.P chi��
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boring so boring
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Deftones man \m/
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Love this not gay way
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