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Deftones

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushedsinging -- 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 beganto jam together. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, going through severaldifferent bass players before finding a permanent bassist in the form of Chi Cheng.

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Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushedsinging -- 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 beganto jam together. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, going through severaldifferent bass players before finding a permanent bassist in the form of Chi Cheng.

Adrenaline Although the group was more heavy metal-based early on, the early '90s saw Deftones expand their sound evenfurther, inspired by such groundbreakers as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Faith No More. A strong four-song demo wascompleted soon after, and it landed the group a recording contract with Madonna's label, Maverick. Enlisting the services ofSoundgarden and Pantera producer Terry Date (who would eventually become a regular producer for the group), the quartet'sdebut full-length, Adrenaline, was issued in October of 1995. While the album wasn't an instant success, Deftones built adedicated fan base the old-fashioned way -- by touring relentlessly (both on their own and opening for more established actsas Ozzy Osbourne, L7, and Korn). With sales of Adrenaline topping 200,000 copies, expectations were high for theirsophomore release, Around the Fur. Issued in October of 1997, it more than delivered, catapulting the band to the top of thealt-metal mountain on the strength of such MTV/radio faves as "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (FarAway)." Sometime after the album's release, turntablist/keyboardist Frank Delgado (who had helped out on the first twoalbums) 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 eventuallyreleased in June of 2000 and proved to be one of the most eagerly anticipated heavy rock releases of the year. The albumwas another success (debuting at number three on the album charts), and it showed the quintet unafraid to experiment withits sound, as Moreno let such '80s modern rock influences as the Cure and the Smiths seep into Deftones' sound. (Aftertouring wrapped up for the album, Moreno formed Team Sleep and began recording an eponymous album, which was delayednumerous times but finally saw release in 2005.) Soon Deftones reunited to work on new ideas, and enlisted Date again tohelm their new album. Eagerly anticipated by both fans and critics alike, Deftones dropped in May 2003 and spawned thesingle "Minerva." The quintet then embarked on the Summer Sanitarium tour with Metallica and Linkin Park. Deftones ended uppeaking at number two on the Billboard 200, and the band took a well-deserved break for rest and side projects. In October2005, Deftones issued a two-disc set of B-sides and rarities before returning with a new studio full-length, Saturday NightWrist, a year later.

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

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LPs
Koi No Yokan
11/13/2012

4
1,899 Votes
Diamond Eyes
2010

4.2
3,112 Votes
Saturday Night Wrist
2006

3.9
2,264 Votes
Deftones
2003

3.7
2,106 Votes
White Pony
2000

4.4
3,517 Votes
Around the Fur
1997

4.1
2,333 Votes
Adrenaline
1995

3.6
1,716 Votes
EPs
Back to School (Mini Maggit)
2001

3.2
158 Votes
Live
1999

3.5
39 Votes
(Like) Linus
1993

3.4
92 Votes
Compilations
Covers
2011

3.3
71 Votes
B-Sides and Rarities
2005

3.6
467 Votes
The Ultimate Demo Collection
1995

3.6
4 Votes

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