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Deftones

Deftones

Outsiders by virtue of their sound, as much as personal choice, Sacramento’s Deftones have set themselves apart from most any other band and simplistic musical categories, succeeding for two decades-plus on their own terms, despite enduring their fair share of disappointments, and even tragedy, along the way. The band got its start in 1988, with casual jams between high school friends, Chino Moreno (voice/rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), and Abe Cunningham (drums) that soon grew in ambition to playing gigs around California. In 1995, the band was signed by Madonna’s vanity imprint, Maverick Records, and promptly released their debut album, Adrenaline; but momentum only really started building for them with 1997’s Gold-certified Around the Fur. Yet it was 2000’s beautifully realized White Pony that brought the group (now augmented by Frank Delgado, handling samples and electronics) their greatest success, simultaneously benefitting from association with the then-wildly popular nu-metal scene, while standing head and shoulders above most of the genre’s other proponents. By comparison, 2003’s self-titled release was a stark disappointment, and though the band rediscovered their songwriting mojo on 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist, cold, harsh reality came crumbling down in Deftones on November 4, 2008, and bassist Cheng was involved in a serious car crash that left him in a coma, with little hope of recovery. Finally, in 2010, the band decided it was time to move forward and recruited bassist Sergio Vega for their new album, Diamond Eyes, followed two years later by Koi No Yokan, which arrived mere months before their stricken comrade, Chi Cheng sadly expired from heart failure.

  • Selected Discography:Around the Fur (1997), White Pony (2000), Saturday Night Wrist (2006), Diamond Eyes (2010)
  • Related Artists: Crosses, Team Sleep, Phallucy, Palms, Sol Invicto, Quicksand
  • Further Reading: 10 Best Deftones Songs
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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images / Scott Gries, Getty Images

Deftones’ Chino Moreno Forms Supergroup Saudade With Members of Bad Brains + Cro-Mags

Saudade is the latest project from Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, rounded out by members of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags and their first song has been released.

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Raphael Dias, Getty Images
Raphael Dias, Getty Images

Deftones’ Chino Moreno Talks ‘Gore’ Album, Influences, Chi Cheng + More

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno spoke with 'Loudwire Nights' host Toni Gonzalez about the band's new album, 'Gore,' his early influences, Chi Cheng and more.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Deftones Nab No. 2 Spot on Billboard 200 Album Chart With ‘Gore’

Deftones enjoyed a stellar opening week for 'Gore,' landing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

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ABC

Watch Deftones Perform ‘Prayers/Triangles’ + ‘Hearts/Wires’ for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Crowd

Deftones played 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night (April 12). Check them out performing the new songs 'Prayers/Triangles' and 'Hearts/Wires.'

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YouTube: Deftones

Deftones Release Psychedelic Video for ‘Prayers / Triangles’

Deftones have released a trippy video for 'Prayers / Triangles,' the leading single off their new album 'Gore.'

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Warner Bros.

Deftones, ‘Gore’ – Album Review

Check out our review of Deftones' new album 'Gore.'

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Deftones Share Atmospheric Track ‘Hearts / Wires’

'Hearts / Wires' is likely the most atmospheric track released from Deftones' 'Gore' so far.

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Melina Dellamarggio

Deftones Announce Summer 2016 U.S. Tour, Including Select Dates With Refused

Deftones have announced even more 2016 U.S. tour dates, some with Swedish hardcore legends Refused.

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Warner Bros.

Deftones Unleash Beefy New Track ‘Doomed User’

Deftones just shared the official audio for 'Doomed User,' another new track from the band’s eighth studio album, 'Gore.'

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South By Southwest 2016

2016 SXSW Hard Rock + Metal Performance Guide

See who's playing when and where at the 2016 South By Southwest music conference.

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