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Deftones

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal musicandhushedsinging-- spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The group first formed in Sacramento, Californiaduring1988,when thenhigh school students Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Chino Moreno (vocals)firstbeganto jamtogether. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, goingthroughseveraldifferent bassplayers before finding a permanent bassist in the form of Chi Cheng.

Adrenaline Although the group w ...read more

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal musicandhushedsinging-- spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The group first formed in Sacramento, Californiaduring1988,when thenhigh school students Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Chino Moreno (vocals)firstbeganto jamtogether. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, goingthroughseveraldifferent bassplayers 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 expandtheirsoundevenfurther, inspired by such groundbreakers as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Faith No More. A strong four-songdemo wascompleted soon after, and it landed the group a recording contract with Madonna's label, Maverick.Enlistingtheservices ofSoundgarden and Pantera producer Terry Date (who would eventually become a regular producer forthegroup),the quartet'sdebut full-length, Adrenaline, was issued in October of 1995. While the album wasn't aninstantsuccess,Deftones built adedicated fan base the old-fashioned way -- by touring relentlessly (both on their own andopeningfor moreestablished actsas Ozzy Osbourne, L7, and Korn). With sales of Adrenaline topping 200,000 copies,expectationswere highfor theirsophomore release, Around the Fur. Issued in October of 1997, it more than delivered,catapulting the bandto thetop of thealt-metal mountain on the strength of such MTV/radio faves as "My Own Summer (ShoveIt)" and "Be QuietandDrive (FarAway)." Sometime after the album's release, turntablist/keyboardist Frank Delgado (who hadhelped out on thefirsttwoalbums) 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 theirthirdstudioeffort(Cheng also issued a spoken word release, The Bamboo Parachute, around this time as well). WhitePonywaseventuallyreleased in June of 2000 and proved to be one of the most eagerly anticipated heavy rock releases oftheyear.The albumwas another success (debuting at number three on the album charts), and it showed the quintetunafraidtoexperiment withits sound, as Moreno let such '80s modern rock influences as the Cure and the Smiths seepintoDeftones'sound. (Aftertouring wrapped up for the album, Moreno formed Team Sleep and began recording aneponymousalbum, whichwas delayednumerous times but finally saw release in 2005.) Soon Deftones reunited to work on newideas, andenlisted Dateagain tohelm their new album. Eagerly anticipated by both fans and critics alike, Deftones dropped inMay 2003and spawnedthesingle "Minerva." The quintet then embarked on the Summer Sanitarium tour with Metallica andLinkin Park.Deftones endeduppeaking at number two on the Billboard 200, and the band took a well-deserved break for restand sideprojects. InOctober2005, Deftones issued a two-disc set of B-sides and rarities before returning with a new studiofull-length,SaturdayNightWrist, a year later.

In 2007, the band began working on Eros, which was set to be their sixth album. The album wasdelayedindefinitelywhenbassist Chi Cheng was involved in a serious car accident that left him in a coma. Cheng was replacedbyQuicksandbassistSergio Vega in 2009, and the band got back to touring and recording. Though Eros was still shelved, in2010thebandreleased a new album, Diamond Eyes. Cheng partially regained consciousness in 2012 and returned hometorecover,thoughhe wouldn't be in good enough shape to appear on the band's seventh album, Koi No Yokan, whicharrivedlater thatyear. « hide

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LPs
Koi No Yokan
11/13/2012

4
2,018 Votes
Diamond Eyes
2010

4.2
3,230 Votes
Saturday Night Wrist
2006

3.9
2,364 Votes
Deftones
2003

3.7
2,169 Votes
White Pony
2000

4.4
3,677 Votes
Around the Fur
1997

4.1
2,433 Votes
Adrenaline
1995

3.6
1,769 Votes
EPs
Back to School (Mini Maggit)
2001

3.2
155 Votes
Live
1999

3.5
40 Votes
(Like) Linus
1993

3.4
99 Votes
Compilations
Covers
2011

3.3
74 Votes
B-Sides and Rarities
2005

3.6
473 Votes
The Ultimate Demo Collection
1995

3.6
4 Votes

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