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Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, U.S. Formed in 1988, the band was founded by Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums) and Dominic Garcia (bass). During the group's first five years, the band's lineup changed several times, but stabilized in 1993 when Cunningham rejoined the group after his departure in 1990. Cunningham replaced John Taylor, who had replaced Garcia after he had switched to drums in 1990, and the bassist role had been filled by Chi Cheng. The lineup remained stable for fifteen years, with the exception of keyboardist and turntablist Frank Delgado being added in 1999. In 2008, Cheng was involved in an automobile accident that ended his stint with Deftones. He was replaced by Sergio Vega, who is also the bassist of Quicksand. The band is known as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal music scene. They are sometimes dubbed "the Radiohead of metal" by critics.

Deftones have released eight albums since their inception. After the lineup settled in 1993, the band secured a recording contract with Maverick Records, and subsequently released their debut album, Adrenaline, in 1995. Promoting the album by touring exhaustively with other bands in the scene, Deftones managed to gain a dedicated fan base through word of mouth. Their sophomore album, Around the Fur, was released in 1997. The album and its singles reached chart positions, and the album was the band's first to receive certification from the RIAA. The band found even further success with their third album, White Pony, in 2000. It showed a transition away from the band's earlier sound into a more experimental direction. Its lead single, "Change (In the House of Flies)", is the group's most commercially successful single, and the album track "Elite" won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. White Pony was the band's first of three albums to be certified platinum in the United States.

Their self-titled fourth album was released in 2003. While the group's critical success continued, sales proved to be lackluster compared to White Pony. The follow-up, Saturday Night Wrist, was released in 2006 after a temporary falling out within the band due to creative tensions. Its completion was also delayed by personal issues within the band, some of which influenced its material. In 2008, while Deftones were working on an album tentatively titled Eros, Cheng was involved in a traffic collision. As a result, he was left in a minimally conscious state until his death in 2013 of cardiac arrest. During that time, Deftones halted production on Eros and released Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan in 2010 and 2012 respectively, with current bassist Vega. In 2016, the band released a followup, titled Gore.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Adrenaline 4.5 4
1997 Around the Fur 4.2 7
2000 White Pony 4.55 12
2003 Deftones 4.65 8
2006 Saturday Night Wrist 4 5
2010 Diamond Eyes 5 7
2012 Koi No Yokan 4 5
2016 Gore 5 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 ...And Friends (Unofficial Release) 1
1999 Freaks! 1
2001 The Ultimate Demo Collection 1
2005 B-Sides & Rarities 4 3
2010 Greatest Hits 1
2011 Covers 1
2011 The Vinyl Collection 1
Alpha Test 1
Anger 1
Covers 1
Don't Fuck With the Deftones 1
Rare & Acoustic 1
Rare! 1
Viva Las Vegas 1

Album + Compilation + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
(Like) Linus 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 1997-12-02: Lightning Strikes: Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH, USA 1
2002 Live in Hawaii: Music in High Places 4 2
2002 Drunken Waldrock 1
1998-05-30: Dynamo Festival, Kunstijsbaan, Eindhoven, Netherlands 1
2000-06-06: Brixton Academy, London, UK 1
2000-08-13: Acoustic Live in Las Vegas (X-107.5) 1
2000-08-31: Two Days a Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria 1
2001-01-21: Rock in Rio, Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1
2001-06-30: Wasted at Wâldrock: Festivalterrein Zomerweg, Burgum, Netherlands 1
2001-08-04: Rolling Rock Town Fair, Latrobe, PA, USA 1
2003-06-07: Pinkpop Festival, Megaland, Landgraaf, Netherlands 1
2003-09-27: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 7 Words 4
1994 Untitled 1
1995 Bored 1
1997 My Own Summer (Shove It) 4 4
1998 Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) 4 2
2000 Change (In the House of Flies) 5 4
2000 Back to School (Mini Maggit) 3 3
2001 Digital Bath 1
2003 Minerva 1
2003 Hexagram 1
2006 Hole in the Earth 3
2007 Mein 2
2010 Diamond Eyes 1
2010 Rocket Skates 3
2010 Sextape 1
2010 You've Seen the Butcher 1
2012 Leathers 1
2012 Tempest 1
2013 Romantic Dreams 2
2016 Prayers/Triangles 2
2016 Doomed User 1

Single + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Linus 1
1992 Like Linus 1
1992 Root / Engine No. 9 1
1993 Engine No. 9 / 7 Words 1
1994 Root / Nosebleed 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Live 3
2013 Live: Vol. 1 - Selections From Adrenaline 2

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