Deftones Overview

Deftones are an American rock rock music band from Sacramento Sacramento, California , California, formed in 1988 consisting of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng Chi Cheng (musician) (bass Bass (guitar) ), Frank Delgado (keyboard Keyboard instrument s and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion).


Early years: 1989-199
When Carpenter was 15 years old he was hit by a car while skateboarding. This left him confined to a wheelchair for several months. It was at this point that he began teaching himself guitar by playing along with bands such as Anthrax Anthrax (band) , Stormtroopers of Death and Metallica. It has been reported that the driver paid Carpenter a cash settlement that allowed the band to purchase equipment, but drummer Abe Cunningham commented in an interview that this was "a myth about how our band was started."

Carpenter, Moreno and Cunningham went to the same high school. They were childhood friends and remained friends through the skateboarding scene in Sacramento.

The name "Deftones" was created by Carpenter who wanted to pick "something that would just stand out but you know, not be all cheese-ball at the same time." Carpenter combined the hip hop slang term "def", which was used by artists he listened to such as LL Cool J and Public Enemy Public Enemy (band) , with the suffix "-tones", which was a po***r suffix among 50s bands whose music he also enjoyed (e.g. Dick Dale and the Deltones; The Quin-Tones, The Monotones, The Cleftones and The Harptones). Carpenter said the name is intentionally vague to reflect the band's tendency to not focus on just one style of music. The band contributed the non-album track "Teething" to the soundtrack The Crow: City of Angels (album) for the 1996 film The Crow: City of Angels and are also seen performing the song live during one of the film's scenes. The track "Engine No. 9" has since been covered by Korn and Suicide Silence, and appeared in the film Law Abiding Citizen.

The album spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers chart reaching a peak position of 23. When asked what he attributed the album's success to, Cheng responded, "One word: perseverance. We've been together for almost eight years, on the road for two and we do it with honesty and integrity - and the kids can tell." The album was RIAA certified gold gold album on 7 July 1999 in recognition of 500,000 units sold.

Regarding the recording of the album, Abe Cunningham said, "At the time we did the first record - which I really like and think is good - you can tell the band was really young. We'd been playing most of those songs for quite a while, and we were just so happy to be making a record that we didn't really think a whole lot about making the songs better." Moreno felt that Adrenaline was recorded "really fast" A review of Adrenaline praised the album's musical control, precision, overall groove and Cunningham's "surprisingly sophisticated drumming". It was also noted that "there is a bit of sameness in Chino Moreno's whispered vocal melodies, which drags the record down a bit."

Adrenaline was certified platinum on September 23, 2008 by the RIAA, in recognition of 1,000,000 units sold.

Around the Fur: 1997-1999

Deftones' second album, Around the Fur, was recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle, Washington and produced by Terry Date. Released on October 26, 1997, the album included a collaboration with singer Max Cavalera (of Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy) on "Headup", a tribute to Cavalera's late stepson Dana Wells, to whom the album was also dedicated. Although not yet a member of the band, Delgado is credited as "audio" on five of the album's tracks and Cunningham's wife, Annalynn, provides guest vocals on "MX".

An interview with the band in Alternative Press Alternative Press (music magazine) explained the recording process of White Pony. After a break from touring, the band spent four months in the studio writing and recording White Pony, the longest amount of time they had dedicated to an album thus far. Moreno explained that the majority of this time was spent trying to write songs, and that the writing of "Change (In the House of Flies)" was the turning point where the band began working as a group. Despite being pressured to release the album sooner, the band decided to take their time making the album. Cheng explained that "We didn’t feel like we had anything to lose, so we made the record we wanted to make." Moreno did not have a common theme in mind lyrically, but made a conscious decision to bring an element of fantasy into his lyrics, explaining that "I basically didn’t sing about myself on this record. I made up a lot of story lines and some dialogue, even. I took myself completely out of it and wrote about other things."

Reviews were generally positive, noting Moreno's increasing sophistication as a lyricist and the group's experimentalism. Of White Pony, one reviewer wrote that "Deftones went soft, but in an impressive way, to twist around its signature punk punk rock sound."

The album was originally released as an 11 track version beginning with "Feiticeira" and ending with "Pink Maggit" and featuring gray cover art. A limited edition print of 50,000 black and red jewel case versions of White Pony were also released at the same time with a bonus 12th track entitled "The Boy's Republic". Later, the band released "Back to School (Mini Maggit)", a rap-influenced interpretation of the album's closer, "Pink Maggit". "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" was track 11 on the leaked pre-release version of White Pony in April 2000, but not included on the original (official) issue of the album in June 2000. The leaked version of White Pony also included the slower version of "Pink Maggit" which appeared on the first official White Pony CDs. That song was listed as a bonus track (track 12) on the leaked pre-release version. we putting [out] all these different versions of the record?' [...] that's the best way we can actually get this song out to the people who already purchased this record, for free basically. And if they wanna buy the record again, it's cool."

White Pony achieved platinum platinum album status on July 17, 2002,

Self-titled album: 2003-2005

Deftones began work on their fourth album under the working title Lovers. Regarding the album's direction, Cheng commented that "We've proven that we can musically go in any direction we want, and we want to get kind of heavy on this one." Moreno underwent vocal training as a precaution after severely damaging his vocal cords on the band's 2001 summer tour.

In January 2003, Deftones left the studio to perform some "one off" shows in Australia and New Zealand as part of the annual Big Day Out Festival. Shortly after, the band returned to the studio to finish their fourth album. The self-titled Deftones Deftones (album) was released on May 20, 2003. Deftones entered the Billboard 200 at number two and sold 167,000 copies in its first week. The album remained in the Billboard top 100 for nine weeks, supported by the first single, "Minerva Minerva (song) ". The band shot a video for their second single, "Hexagram Hexagram (song) ", with fans watching the band play the song in an indoor skatepark in Simi Valley, California. The band made a video for the track "Bloody Cape", but it was never released for play on television. The video was only made available on the band's official website for one day. It was later released on their B-Sides and Rarities B-Sides & Rarities (Deftones album) DVD.

Reviews were mainly positive, praising the band for the heavy album's progression and originality in the midst of declining creativity in contemporary metal. Moreno was quoted as saying, "It's all on record. We told mother***ers not to lump us in with nu metal because when those bands go down we aren't going to be with them." The Onion's A.V. Club similarly called the album "less rewarding than its predecessor, though its peaks rival any in the genre."

The band released a compilation album titled B-Sides & Rarities B-Sides & Rarities (Deftones album) on October 4, 2005. The CD includes various b-sides and covers cover version from throughout their career, while the DVD contains behind-the-scenes footage and the band's complete videography up to that point.

Saturday Night Wrist: 2006-2007

, June 2006.
Deftones released their fifth album Saturday Night Wrist on October 31, 2006. It debuted at number ten in the US Billboard chart with sales of just over 76,000, a significant decrease on the first week sales of their two previous releases.

Rather than work with longtime producer Terry Date, Deftones decided to record with Bob Ezrin. Cunningham says that while the group enjoyed working with Date, "At this point, we just needed to change things up [...] And this is definitely a different style. Working with him [Ezrin] is just putting us *** upside down. He's cracking the whip."
After recording all the instrumentals for the record, Chino Moreno decided to record his vocals separately. Chino thus finished recording the album with former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez as producer. Collaborations on the record include Annie Hardy from Giant Drag on the song "Pink Cellphone" and Serj Tankian from System of a Down on the track "Mein".

The album’s first single was called “Hole in the Earth,” hitting the radio on October 16, 2006. “Hole in the Earth” was also featured as a downloadable song for the PS3 & Xbox 360 versions of Guitar Hero 3. “Mein” was the album’s second single, which aired in Spring of 2007.

As of March 2007, Saturday Night Wrist has sold over 250,000 copies (US).

Deftones spent the majority of 2006 and 2007 touring around the world in support of the album. The band played shows in places including North America, Canada, Europe, South America, Japan and Australia. The band also performed in such tours as Taste of Chaos Taste of Chaos 2006 , Family Values Tour Family Values Tour 2006 and the Soundwave Festival Australian Soundwave Festival in Australia.

Eros: 2008-2009 (currently unreleased)

Deftones were working on their upcoming sixth studio album Eros Eros (album) , writing songs since Fall 2007. Chino Moreno described the album as weird, unorthodox, featuring a lot of atmosphere and soundscaping, and having a “*** you, I hope you die!” style aggression. Recording started on April 14, 2008; the album was initially to be released early in 2009, but was delayed.

On November 4, 2008, bassist Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in Santa Clara, California. As a result of the injuries sustained in the crash, Cheng fell into a coma. Following the accident, Cheng's bandmates and mother, Jeanne, began using the Deftones blog to post updates on Cheng's condition. On December 9, 2008, it was announced that Chi had been moved into the care of an unnamed hospital that "specializes in the care and management of traumatic and non-trauma related brain injuries".

In late January 2009, the band released a new statement, stating that "our fallen comrade has not yet made significant progress", and that friend of the band Sergio Vega (formerly of Quicksand Quicksand (band) ) would be taking over as bassist in Cheng's absence, as he had done temporarily in 1998. On April 5, the band played their first show without Cheng (since 1998) at the Bamboozle Left Festival in Irvine, California. In May 2009, it was revealed that Chi Cheng is no longer in intensive care.
On June 23, 2009, Deftones announced on their official website that “Eros” will be delayed indefinitely, saying that "... as we neared completion on Eros, we realized that this record doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians. And although those songs will see the light of day at some point, we collectively made the decision that we needed to take a new approach, and with Chi’s condition heavy on our minds while doing so. We needed to return to the studio to do what we felt was right artistically.”. They also said “The decision to hold off on releasing Eros has no connection with Chi’s condition or anything associated. This was, and is, purely a creative decision by the band to write, record, and deliver an amazing product.” Deftones played some European dates in mid-2009, with shows in Amsterdam and the United Kingdom, including the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Brian "Head" Welch and his long-time friend Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu Reginald Arvizu , along with members of Sevendust, Slipknot Slipknot (band) , and other miscellaneous rock bands recently recorded and released an instrumental song for Chi, with the benefits going towards Chi and his family.
On October 2009, as stated on the Deftones official website, the band joined Slipknot Slipknot (band) on select dates touring parts of Canada as well as some US cities through the month of November. They were also selected to be part of the Smokeout festival in California supporting Cypress Hill as well as others.

To aid in the fund-raising for Chi and the Cheng family, the band announced two benefit shows in Los Angeles for November 19 and 20.

Diamond Eyes: (2010–present)

Deftones, via their website, have confirmed a release date of May 18, 2010, for their album Diamond Eyes. Earlier this year the band decided to hold off on releasing their latest recording Eros which will be out sometime in the near future. On February 23, 2010, the albums first single "Rocket Skates" was available for download at

The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Ash Ash (band) , Trivium Trivium (band) , Stone Sour, Danzig, Velvet Revolver, Shadows Fall, Marilyn Manson, Rush Rush (band) , Coheed and Cambria). Former Quicksand Quicksand (band) bassist, Sergio Vega, plays bass on the album, substituting for ailing bassist Chi Cheng Chi Cheng (musician) .

Deftones have been confirmed to play Download Festival in 2010 in an announcement made via the official Download Festival website on January, 25th 2010. They are also confirmed to play Rock on the Range 2010 (May 22 and 23) and Vive Latino 2010 (April 24).

Deftones released the official music video for the albums first single "Rocket Skates" on March 10

On March 15, Deftones debuted their first radio-ready single "Diamond Eyes". Both "Diamond Eyes" and "Rocket Skates" received very positive reviews from fans and critics alike, many making comparisons of the two singles' style and sound to that of material from their album "Around the Fur".Though initially rooted in heavy metal, Deftones have always claimed diverse influences, with their musical style diversifying over their career. post-grunge,, alternative rock, and rap metal.

Moreno's poetic poem lyrics were described by a TIME magazine Time magazine critic as "suggesting emotions rather than announcing them." Moreno has cited Morrissey, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, The Cure's Robert Smith Robert Smith (musician) , Bad Brains' H.R., P.J. Harvey, and Depeche Mode's David Gahan among his favorite singers.Deftones members have worked on several side projects such as Carpenter's group featuring Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill and Richie Londres of C.L.P. He also worked with a group called Kush Kush (band) , featuring members of Fear Factory and Cypress Hill. Other side projects include Moreno's Team Sleep and Cunningam's Phallucy. Deftones' Frank Delgado has a DJ crew with DJ Crook of Team Sleep, DJ Julez and Matt D Called Decibel Devils. Chino also appeared on the song "Bender" by Sevendust and "Vengeance Is Mine" by Droid Droid (band) . In 2000, Bassist Chi Cheng released a CD composed of his own spoken word poetry, called The Bamboo Parachute. They have also appeared in several DX concerts in the 2006 Taste of Chaos tour.'Studio albums'


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