DEFTONES (1995–PRESENT). Chino Moreno (vocals), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Abe Cunningham (drums).
Playing in a style not unlike that of their contemporaries Korn and Limp Bizkit, the Deftones have been parlaying their brand of metal since 1988 when they first formed in Sacramento, California, featuring vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng, and drummer Abe Cunningham. Beginning in a more conventional style, the band drew influence from such bands as Tool and Rage Against the Machine and developed a more original take on heavy music, being one of the first metal bands to incorporate more ethereal breaks into their otherwise furious onslaught. The band signed with Madonna’s Maverick Records in 1994, releasing their debut album, Adrenaline, the following year. Produced by Soundgarden and Pantera veteran Terry Date, the album sold some 200,000 copies largely on the strength of the band’s live act and word of mouth. Tours with Ozzy Osbourne and Korn followed the album’s release.
Around the Fur, released in October of 1997, delivered on the band’s initial promise and sales were helped by the band’s MTV videos for “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).” Around the same time the band added turntablist Frank Delgado to expand their live sound and re-create some of the new aural textures they had added in the studio.
The band continued to experiment with their sound and released White Pony in June of 2000. The album, debuting at number 3, showed a band continuing to evolve and innovate beyond the limits of the metal genre, and such tracks as “Rx Queen,” “Teenager,” and “Change (In the House of Flies)” were indicative of their willingness to incorporate previous influences like the Smiths and the Cure into their sound.
The Deftones followed in 2003, again produced by Terry Date, and rose to number 2 on the U.S. album charts. After tours with Linkin Park and Metallica, the band took an extended break. They returned with Saturday Night Wrist in 2006
Discography: Adrenaline (Maverick, 1995); Around the Fur (Maverick/Warner Bros., 1997); White Pony (Maverick, 2000); Deftones (Maverick, 2003); School of Brilliant Things (United States of Distribution, 2006); Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick, 2006); Live Tracks (Maverick, 1999); B–Sides & Rarities (Maverick, 2005); DiamondEyes (Reprise/Warner Bros., 2010).