Deftones is an American alternative metal band formed in Sacramento, California in 1988. It was formed by Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Dominic Garcia (bass). During their first five years, the band's lineup changed several times, but stabilized in 1993 when Cunningham rejoined after his departure in 1990; by this time, Chi Cheng was bassist. The lineup remained stable for fifteen years, with the exception of keyboardist and turntablist Frank Delgado being added in 1999. The band is known as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal scene, and are sometimes dubbed by critics as "the Radiohead of metal".
|Origin||Sacramento, California, U.S.|
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, reached chart positions along with its singles, and became the band's first to receive certification from the RIAA. The band found even further success with their third album White Pony (2000), which saw a transition away from their earlier, more aggressive sound into a more experimental direction. Its lead single "Change (In the House of Flies)" is the band's most commercially successful single, and the track "Elite" won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance; it was also 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. After Cheng's accident, Deftones halted production on Eros. Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, who had filled in as a touring member to replace Cheng, later became his permanent replacement. The band released Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Their latest release, titled Gore, was released in 2016. They have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Early years (1988–93)Edit
When Stephen Carpenter was 15 years old, he was hit by a car while skateboarding. Confined to a wheelchair for several months, he began teaching himself guitar by playing along to bands such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, and Metallica. The driver supposedly paid Carpenter a cash settlement that allowed the band to purchase equipment, but Abe Cunningham commented in a 2007 interview that the story about the settlement was simply "a myth about how our band was started."
Carpenter, Cunningham and Chino Moreno were childhood friends. All three went to C. K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento and remained friends through the city's skateboarding scene. Carpenter was a fan of heavy metal, and Moreno was interested in hardcore punk bands such as Bad Brains and post-punk and new wave bands such as Depeche Mode and The Cure. When Moreno found out that Carpenter played guitar, he set up a jam session with Cunningham, who played drums, and the three began playing regularly in Carpenter's garage around 1988. They recruited bassist Dominic Garcia some time after, and the band became a four-piece. When Cunningham left Deftones to join Phallucy, another band from Sacramento, Garcia switched to drums. Chi Cheng joined to play bass, and the band recorded a four-track demo soon afterwards. John Taylor replaced Garcia on drums in 1991, until Cunningham's return in 1993. Within two years, the band began playing club shows and later expanded their gigging territory to San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they played shows alongside bands such as Korn. While closing for another band in L.A., after the majority of the audience had left, the band impressed a Maverick Records representative. They were signed to the label after performing three of their songs for Freddy DeMann and Guy Oseary.
Carpenter created the band's name by combining the hip hop slang term "def" (which was used by artists such as LL Cool J and Public Enemy) with the suffix "-tones," (which was popular among 1950s bands such as Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, The Quin-Tones, The Delltones, The Monotones, The Cleftones and The Harptones). The name is also a pun on the term "tone deaf."
The band's debut album, Adrenaline, was recorded at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington and released on October 3, 1995. It was produced by Deftones and Terry Date, who would go on to produce the band's next three albums. While they were initially unsuccessful, the band built a dedicated fan base through extensive touring, word-of-mouth and Internet promotion. Through their efforts, Adrenaline went on to sell over 220,000 copies. It is regarded as an important part of the 1990s nu metal movement. An early track which predated Adrenaline but did not make the album's final cut was "Teething"; the band contributed the song to the soundtrack for the 1996 film The Crow: City of Angels. The band can also be seen performing the song live during one of the film's scenes.
The album spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, reaching a peak position of 23. When asked what he attributed the album's success to, Cheng responded, "One word: perseverance. We've been together for almost eight years, on the road for two, and we do it with honesty and integrity—and the kids can tell". The album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 1999, and was certified platinum on September 23, 2008.
Regarding the recording of the album, Cunningham said, "At the time we did the first record—which I really like and think is good—you can tell the band was really young. We'd been playing most of those songs for quite a while, and we were just so happy to be making a record that we didn't really think a whole lot about making the songs better". Moreno felt that Adrenaline was recorded "really fast" and performed all his vocals live with the band in the room using a hand-held Shure SM58 microphone. AllMusic's review of Adrenaline praised the album's musical control, precision, overall groove and Cunningham's "surprisingly sophisticated drumming". It was also noted that "there is a bit of sameness in Chino Moreno's whispered vocal melodies, which drags the record down a bit".
Around the Fur (1997–99)Edit
Deftones' second album, Around the Fur, was recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle, Washington and produced by Date. Released on October 28, 1997, the album was dedicated to Dana Wells, the late stepson of the singer Max Cavalera of Sepultura, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. Cavalera also collaborated on "Headup", a tribute to Wells. Although not yet a member of the band, Delgado was credited as "audio" on five of the album's tracks. Cunningham's wife, Annalynn, provided guest vocals on "MX".
"When we went in to make this record, we really didn't have a set idea of what we wanted to come out with", said Moreno in a 1998 interview with Chart magazine. However, he felt that the album "fell into place" once the band had settled into the studio. The band expanded its sound, spending more time with Date and giving more thought to the album's production. Cunningham varied his drum sound and experimented by using different types of snare drum on almost every track. The album was praised for its loud-soft dynamics, the flow of the tracks, Moreno's unusual vocals, and the strong rhythm-section performance of Cheng and Cunningham. Stephen Thomas Erlewine's review noted that "while they don't have catchy riffs or a fully developed sound, Around the Fur suggests they're about to come into their own".
Around the Fur propelled the band to fame in the alternative metal scene on the strength of radio and MTV airplay for the singles "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)". Around the Fur sold 43,000 copies in its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 29 (its peak position), remaining on the charts for 17 weeks. The band went back to touring, making appearances at the Warped Tour (in the United States, New Zealand and Australia), Pinkpop Festival, Roskilde Festival and Ozzfest as well as releasing a live EP on June 22, 1999. Around the Fur went on to reach RIAA gold status on June 24, 1999, and platinum status on June 7, 2011. "My Own Summer (Shove It)" appeared on The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture, released March 30, 1999.
White Pony (2000–02)Edit
On June 20, 2000, the band released their third album, White Pony, again produced by Date and Deftones. It was recorded at The Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, California and at Larrabee Sound Studios, West Hollywood, California. The album debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard chart with sales of 178,000 copies. Delgado, now a full-time band member, added new elements to the band's music. The melancholy "Teenager", for example, was a departure in style and mood, a "love song", according to Moreno. Programming duties were carried out by DJ Crook, a friend of Moreno (and bandmate in his side project Team Sleep). "Passenger" was a collaboration with singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and the refrain in "Knife Prty" featured vocals by Rodleen Getsic. Moreno also started contributing additional guitar work.
An interview with the band in Alternative Press described the recording process of White Pony. After a break from touring, the band spent four months in the studio writing and recording it, the longest amount of time they had dedicated to an album thus far. Moreno said that the majority of this time was spent trying to write songs, and that the writing of "Change (In the House of Flies)" was the turning point where the band began working as a unit. Despite being pressured to release the album sooner, the band decided to take their time. Cheng explained, "We didn't feel like we had anything to lose, so we made the record we wanted to make." Moreno did not have an overall lyrical theme in mind, but made a conscious decision to bring an element of fantasy into his lyrics: "I basically didn't sing about myself on this record. I made up a lot of story lines and some dialogue, even. I took myself completely out of it and wrote about other things".
Reviews were generally positive, commenting on Moreno's increasing sophistication as a lyricist and the group's experimentalism. Allmusic's review said that "Deftones went soft, but in an impressive way, to twist around its signature punk thrash sound".
The album was originally released as an 11-track edition beginning with "Feiticeira" and ending with "Pink Maggit", and featuring gray cover art. A limited-edition print of 50,000 black-and-red jewel case versions of White Pony was released at the same time with a bonus twelfth track titled "The Boy's Republic". Later, the band released "Back to School (Mini Maggit)", a rap-influenced interpretation of "Pink Maggit". The song was released as a single and included as the new opening track of a re-released White Pony on October 3, 2000. The new release still had "Pink Maggit" as the final track and featured altered white cover art. Not entirely happy with re-releasing the album, the band negotiated to have "Back to School" made available as a free download for anyone who had already bought the original album. Moreno noted that "Everybody's already downloaded our record before it came out anyway, otherwise I'd be kind of feelin' like, 'Man, why [are] we putting [out] all these different versions of the record?' [...] that's the best way we can actually get this song out to the people who already purchased this record, for free basically. And if they wanna buy the record again, it's cool".
Deftones began work on their fourth album under the working title Lovers. Regarding the album's direction, Cheng commented, "We've proven that we can musically go in any direction we want, and we want to get kind of heavy on this one". Moreno underwent vocal training as a precaution after severely damaging his vocal cords on the band's 2001 summer tour. The band converted their rehearsal space in Sacramento into a fully equipped studio and recorded most of the album there at negligible cost. The band brought in Date to assist with production and also received input on musical arrangement from Greg Wells on several of the album's tracks. The band later added more material at Studio X in Seattle, Washington and at Larrabee Sound Studios. Overall, the album took 12 months and cost roughly $2.5 million to complete. The band was fined by Maverick for missing deadlines.
In January 2003, Deftones left the studio to perform several one-off shows in Australia and New Zealand as part of the annual Big Day Out festival. Shortly after, the band returned to the studio to finish their fourth album. The self-titled Deftones was released on May 20, 2003. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and sold 167,000 copies in its first week. The album remained in the Billboard Top 100 for nine weeks, supported by the first single, "Minerva". The band shot a video for the album's second single, "Hexagram", with fans watching the band play the song in an indoor skatepark in Simi Valley, California.
Reviews were mainly positive, praising the band for the album's progression and originality in the midst of declining creativity in contemporary metal. Moreno was quoted as saying, "It's all on record. We told motherfuckers not to lump us in with nu metal because when those bands go down we aren't going to be with them". In reviewing Deftones, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "Hexagram", the album's opener, "hits hard—harder than they ever have, revealing how mushy Staind is, or how toothless Linkin Park is". He also went on to say, however, that the album "sticks a little too close to familiar territory". The A.V. Club similarly called the album "less rewarding than its predecessor, though its peaks rival any in the genre".
The band released a compilation album titled B-Sides & Rarities on October 4, 2005. The CD includes various B-sides and covers from throughout their career, while the DVD contains behind-the-scenes footage and the band's complete videography up to that point.
Saturday Night Wrist (2006–07)Edit
Rather than work with Date, their producer for many years, Deftones decided to record with Bob Ezrin on their fifth studio album. Cunningham said that while the group enjoyed working with Date, "at this point, we just needed to change things up [...] And this is definitely a different style. Working with him [Ezrin] is just putting us fucking upside down. He's cracking the whip". After recording all the instrumental parts for the record, Moreno decided to record his vocals separately, and finished recording the album with former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez as producer. According to an interview with Abe Cunningham, there were tensions involved with the recording of Saturday Night Wrist that were related to the band members' personal lives. Cunningham compared the process to pulling teeth.
The band released the album, titled Saturday Night Wrist, on October 31, 2006. It debuted at No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard chart with sales of just over 76,000, a significant decrease in the first-week sales of their two previous releases. The album's first single, "Hole in the Earth", was released on September 12, 2006. It was later featured as downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Guitar Hero 3. "Mein" was the album's second single, which was released on March 9, 2007. Collaborations on the record include Annie Hardy from Giant Drag on the song "Pink Cellphone" and Serj Tankian from System of a Down on the track "Mein".
Deftones spent the majority of 2006 and 2007 touring around the world in support of the album, performing in North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Australia. The band also performed on such tours as Taste of Chaos, Family Values Tour and the Soundwave Festival.
Eros sessions and Cheng's car accident (2008–09)Edit
In the fall of 2007, Deftones started writing songs for what was planned to be their sixth studio album, Eros. Moreno described the album as unorthodox and aggressive. Recording started on April 14, 2008.
On November 4, 2008, Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in Santa Clara, California. As a result of the injuries sustained in the crash, he remained in a minimally conscious state. Following the accident, Cheng's bandmates and his mother, Jeanne, began using the Deftones blog to post updates on Cheng's condition. On December 9, 2008, it was announced that Cheng had been moved into the care of an unnamed hospital that "specializes in the care and management of traumatic and non-trauma related brain injuries."
In late January 2009, the band released a new statement, stating that "our fallen comrade has not yet made significant progress", and that a friend of the band, Sergio Vega (formerly of Quicksand), would be taking over as bassist in Cheng's absence, as he had done temporarily in 1998. On April 5, the band played their first show without Cheng since 1998 at the Bamboozle Left festival in Irvine, California.
On June 23, 2009, Deftones announced on their official website that Eros would be delayed indefinitely, saying, "As we neared completion on Eros, we realized that this record doesn't best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians. And although those songs will see the light of day at some point, we collectively made the decision that we needed to take a new approach, and with Chi's condition heavy on our minds while doing so. We needed to return to the studio to do what we felt was right artistically". They also said, "The decision to hold off on releasing Eros has no connection with Chi's condition or anything associated. This was, and is, purely a creative decision by the band to write, record, and deliver an amazing product".
Korn members Brian "Head" Welch and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, along with members of Sevendust, Slipknot and other alternative metal bands, recorded and released "A Song for Chi", with proceeds benefiting Cheng and his family. To aid in the fundraising for the Cheng family, the band announced two 2009 benefit shows in Los Angeles.
A website—One Love for Chi—was launched by Deftones fan Gina Blackmore on March 10, 2009, about four months after Cheng's accident. The site served as a platform for updates and information on Cheng's condition, as well as serving as an auction site for items donated by friends of the band. All proceeds raised by the website were donated to his family so they could provide him the best possible medical care.
Diamond Eyes (2010–11)Edit
Deftones' sixth album, Diamond Eyes, was originally scheduled for release on April 27, 2010; this date was later pushed back to May 18. In March, it was announced that the album had leaked onto the Internet, and the album's release date was moved forward to May 4 as a result. On February 23, 2010, the album's first single, "Rocket Skates", was made available for free download at www.gunsrazorsknives.com. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
On March 15, Deftones debuted their first radio-ready single, "Diamond Eyes". Both "Diamond Eyes" and "Rocket Skates" received positive reviews from fans and critics, with many making comparisons of the two singles' style and sound to that of material from the Around the Fur album.
Teaming up with bands Mastodon and Alice in Chains, Deftones went on tour in the fall of 2010 in the United States and Canada. The tour was called Blackdiamondskye, a portmanteau of the three bands' latest albums (Black Gives Way to Blue, Diamond Eyes and Crack the Skye). The tour included a limited edition series of silk-screened art prints promoting each show individually, created by the poster artist Jermaine Rogers. Rogers has created a majority of the Deftones concert poster and print artwork since the late 1990s.
On April 16, 2011, in honor of Record Store Day, the band released an LP titled Covers, containing several cover songs that the band had recorded over the years, including "Drive" (originally by The Cars), "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" (originally by The Cure) and "No Ordinary Love" (originally by Sade). On October 25, Deftones released The Vinyl Collection 1995–2011 in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
Koi No Yokan and Cheng's death (2012–13)Edit
On March 29, 2012, Carpenter revealed that the band were working on a new record in an interview posted on ESP Guitars's YouTube channel. It was reported that Raskulinecz would return to produce their as-yet-unnamed seventh studio album.
It was also reported that the band would be recording several B-sides for the album, including an Elvis Presley cover and possibly an Earth, Wind, and Fire cover. It was later announced that there would be no bonus tracks. On July 28, Deftones performed a brand-new song titled "Rosemary" and also debuted another track titled "Roller Derby" (later retitled "Poltergeist"). Koi No Yokan was announced on August 30, 2012, and released on November 12, 2012, by Reprise Records.
On April 13, 2013, despite making a partial recovery and returning home, Cheng died in a hospital in his hometown of Stockton, California, after falling into cardiac arrest. It had been more than four years since his 2008 accident. Moreno announced in May that the album Eros, shelved in 2008 after Cheng's accident, was now more likely to be released following his death.
In March 2014, while Moreno was touring with his side project Crosses, in support of their self-titled debut album, the rest of Deftones began writing a follow-up to Koi No Yokan. Deftones also previously reported that they intended to record a new album either in late 2014 or early 2015.
On April 13, 2014, the first anniversary of Cheng's death, Deftones released a track from Eros titled "Smile" on YouTube, the first officially released material from the long-shelved album. The video was removed by Warner Music Group two days later due to copyright infringement, despite the track having been uploaded by Moreno. Although the track has again been made available, it remains the only recording to be released from the Eros sessions to date.
In late February 2015, just after the band had finished the new album's drum tracks, Moreno told Rolling Stone that Deftones had written 16 songs during the album's sessions. He described the album as "a little more of a heady record" than the previous album. On May 15, 2015, Moreno was interviewed by Kerrang! about the new album, which he described as having "a lot of different moods". He further explained that it was not a "happy record", but also "not a completely angry record". Despite reports of Carpenter's initial difficulty getting into the feel of the album, band members have noted the album's distinct collaborative nature. Vega utilized a six-string bass when recording the new material, helping to push the band into new sonic territory. After producing their previous two records with Raskulinecz, Deftones worked with a new producer, Matt Hyde.
The album was pushed back multiple times from its originally scheduled September 2015 release date. On February 4, 2016, the band released the first single from Gore, titled "Prayers/Triangles". "Doomed User" and "Hearts/Wires" were also made available ahead of the album's release, on March 16 and April 3, respectively. Gore was officially released on April 8, 2016. The second official single, "Phantom Bride", was released on June 7. The song featured a guitar solo by Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell; this is considered unusual for a Deftones song.
Upcoming ninth studio album (2017–present)Edit
In 2017 Chino Moreno revealed that Deftones had begun writing material for their ninth studio album, which he stated hoped would be out sometime in 2019. Chino went on to state that the band would be going in a different direction than they had on Gore and that he would be taking a step back from leading the song writing to allow Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham to be more involved in the material on the new album. In May 2018, Moreno was again asked about the new material and he stated the songs were "considerably heavier" than those on Gore. That same month, Deftones embarked on a South American tour with support from Quicksand and Deadly Apples. In April 2020, Deftones announced that they were mixing their new album. During the recording sessions, which reportedly took place in Los Angeles, the band reunited with Terry Date as the producer of the album, making it the first time Deftones had worked with him since the unreleased Eros album in 2008.
Musical style and influencesEdit
Although initially rooted in metal, Deftones have always claimed diverse influences from groups of various genres, with their musical style diversifying over their career. Their sound has been described as alternative metal, art rock/art metal, experimental rock, nu metal, post-punk, post-hardcore, dream pop, drone rock, post-metal, shoegazing, post-rock, stoner rock, trip hop, glitch, math metal, psychedelia, and funk metal.[note 1]
Originally, the band was associated with the "nu metal" movement. However, Moreno rejected that label saying "We told motherfuckers not to lump us in with nu metal because when those bands go down we aren't going to be with them". Following the release of their third album, White Pony, they were acknowledged by many critics to have moved beyond that label.
The music critic Johnny Loftus wrote, "Rock critics usually reserve a special place for Deftones above or at least away from the rest of the turn-of-the-century metal movement [....] Deftones have always seemed more curious, more willing to incorporate traditionally revered sounds like D.C. hardcore and dream pop into their Northern California alt-metal". Peter Buckley, the author of The Rough Guide to Rock, called the band "one of the most primal, powerful, and experimental" bands in the alternative metal scene.
Moreno's lyrics were described by Time as "suggesting emotions rather than announcing them". Moreno himself described his lyrics as ambiguous and sometimes impersonal, saying: "I like to be ambiguous when writing to a certain extent, and throwing something so brash [as Chi's accident] against that and playing with it. And also making it sound dimensional. Giving the feeling off that it is raw and it is emotional, but it's not just connected with our personal story. It's not merely about our career and our lives, it's bigger than that. When I hear the music, I get inspired to paint the lyrical pictures you describe, but I'm not always talking about myself". The band's legacy has been compared to alternative rock group Radiohead, with some dubbing Deftones "The Radiohead of metal".
Deftones members have worked on several side projects, with Moreno fronting Team Sleep, Crosses, Palms and supergroup Saudade (the latter including members from hardcore punk bands Bad Brains and Cro-Mags and avant-jazz group Medeski Martin & Wood). Carpenter works with cinematic electronic metal group Sol Invicto, which he founded with producer Richie Londres. Carpenter has also worked with the supergroup Kush, featuring members of Fear Factory and Cypress Hill. Delgado is a member of a DJ group called Decibel Devils, with DJ Crook of Team Sleep, Matt D and DJ Julez. In 2000, Cheng released a CD composed of his own spoken word poetry, called The Bamboo Parachute.
Moreno has also made a number of guest appearances on songs by numerous other bands, such as "First Commandment" by Soulfly, "Bender" by Sevendust, "Paralytic" by Dead Poetic, "Vengeance Is Mine" by Droid, "Caviar" by Dance Gavin Dance, "Surrender Your Sons" by Norma Jean, "Reprogrammed to Hate" by Whitechapel, "Embers" by Lamb of God, and "Lift Off" by Mike Shinoda with Machine Gun Kelly. Moreno and Carpenter also appeared on the song "If I Could" on Tech N9ne's 2011 album All 6's and 7's.
- Chino Moreno – lead vocals (1988–present); rhythm guitar (1999–present)
- Stephen Carpenter – lead guitar (1988–present); rhythm guitar (1988–1999)
- Abe Cunningham – drums (1988–1990, 1993–present)
- Frank Delgado – keyboards, samplers, turntables (1998–present)
- Sergio Vega – bass, backing vocals (1999, 2009–present)
- Dominic Garcia – bass (1988–1990); drums (1990-1991)
- John Taylor – drums (1991–1993)
- Chi Cheng – bass, backing vocals (1990–2008; died 2013)
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2001||"Elite"||Best Metal Performance (Grammy Awards)||Won|
|White Pony||Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album (California Music Awards)||Won|
|2013||Koi No Yokan||Album of the Year (Revolver Golden Gods Awards)||Won|
- Studio albums
- Musical styles:
- "alternative metal"
- "art rock" or "art metal"
- "experimental rock"
- "nu metal"
- "dream pop"
- "drone rock"
- "post-metal" or "metalgaze"
- "stoner rock"
- "trip hop"
- "math metal"
- "funk metal"
- Chan, Cherylene. "Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "We just let things happen, for better or worse"". Insing.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- Beaumont, Mark. "Deftones Interviewed: "I Certainly Wouldn't Want To Carry On Forever"". NME. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- "RIAA Gold and Platinum searchable database". Search for artist "Deftones". RIAA. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
- Wiederhorn, Jen (October 1997). "Interview with Stephen Carpenter". Guitar World. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- Prato, Greg. "Deftones biography". Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2007.
- "Hotstar – Deftones". Pollstar. December 22, 1997. Archived from the original on June 12, 2002. Retrieved December 16, 2007.
- Interview with Abe Cunningham, Metal Edge Archived January 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, January 2007.
- Frere-Jones, Sasha (November 13, 2006). "Heavy Wather". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
- Gormely, Ian (April 26, 2016). "Beauty and Brutality". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- Webber, Anna (November 24, 2009). "Deftones Perform Fundraiser for Bassist Chi Cheng at Avalon". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- Deftones [interview], Rolling Stone, 2000.
- Schallau, Bob (December 2, 2017). "Deftones Biography". ThoughtCo. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
- DeVille, Chris (October 2, 2015). "Adrenaline Turns 20". Stereogum. Archived from the original on December 11, 2016. (October 2nd, 2015). Retrieved on October 8th, 2015
- Karan, Tim. "Deftones, 'Adrenaline'". Diffuser. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Ramirez, Carlos (June 22, 2009). "#11: Deftones - White Pony". MetalSucks.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
- Hill, Stephen (June 23, 2015). "The 10 best Deftones songs released during 1995-2000". Teamrock.net. Archived from the original on September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "Heatseekers – Adrenaline". Billboard.com. February 1, 1997. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved December 16, 2007.
- Deftones [interview], Guitar World Online – Guitar School, 1997.
- Peiken, Matt. Interview with Abe Cunningham, Modern Drummer, 1997.
- Bromley, Adrian. Keeping It Simple, Chart, July 1998.
- Walkling, Dennis. Chillin' with Chino: Deftones get Moody, Circus, June 1998.
- Gioffre, Daniel. "Review of Adrenaline". Allmusic. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- Interview with Chino Moreno and Max Cavalera, Metal Hammer, September 1997.
- Around the Fur liner notes. Maverick Records. 1997.
- Smith, Matt. Deftones New Album Stays Heavy, Gaston Gazette Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, 1997.
- Glover, Adrian Gregory. Deftones: Running on Pure Passion, Circus, May 1998.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Around the Fur – Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
- "The Billboard 200 – Around the Fur". Billboard.com. June 13, 1998. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
- Byrkit, Becky. "The Matrix [Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture]". Allmusic. Archived from the original on September 12, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- Martins, Todd (May 28, 2003). "Staind, Deftones Rock Billboard Album Chart". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
- David Simutis (October 13, 2011). "Pony Express: Sacramento's Deftones balance angst and ambience with White Pony". Gallery of Sound. Archived from the original on August 21, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
- White Pony liner notes. Maverick Records. 2000.
- "Billboard.com – Artist Chart History – Deftones: Singles". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Deftones – Ride On [interview]. Alternative Press, August 2000.
- "White Pony at Metacritic". Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
- Wilson, MacKenzie. "Review of White Pony". Allmusic. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- Garrity, Brian (June 10, 2000). "Deftones have high hopes for ambitious third Maverick album". Billboard. 112 (24): 14. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- Lash, Jolie (September 16, 2000). "The Deftones Add New Single to "White Pony"". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 10, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
- "GRAMMY Award Winners". Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
- Sindell, Joshua (January 2003). "Deftones [interview]". Kerrang!.
- Lash, Jolie (March 27, 2002). "Deftones Turn It Up on "Lovers"". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
- "Chino For President!". Kerrang!. May 2003. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016. (Page 2 scan Archived November 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine)
- "Worth the wait Sacramento's Deftones celebrate their fourth CD with a show for hometown fans". The Sacramento Bee. May 2003. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
- Young, Alex (August 21, 2008). "YouTube Live: Deftones' Big Day Out". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "The Billboard 200: Deftones – Deftones". Chart Listing for the Week of Aug 2, 2003. Billboard.com. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
- "DEFTONES: 'Hexagram' Video Shoot Details Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. RecCenter. August 5, 2003. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- "Deftones: Deftones (2003): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 13, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Deftones (review)". Allmusic. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
- Thompson, Steven (June 3, 2003). "Deftones – Deftones review". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
- Loftus, Johnny (2005). "allmusic B-Sides & Rarities - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved December 18, 2008.
- Leroy, Dan (January 10, 2005). "Deftones Go Upside Down". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 25, 2005. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- Begrand, Adrien (November 6, 2006). "Deftones: Saturday Night Wrist". PopMatters. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
- ""It Was Making Us Suck": Deftones Drummer Abe Cunningham Talks Strife, Label Love, AND BAD Cover Songs". Metal Sucks. April 28, 2011. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Hasty, Katie (November 8, 2006). "'Montana' Zooms By Manilow For Second Week At No. 1". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
- "Deftones Fall Into 'Hole'". Spin. September 13, 2006. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Faylor, Chris (March 6, 2008). "New Guitar Hero 3 DLC Packs Deftones and Thrice; Free Dropkick Murphys Songs in Mid-March". Shacknews Limited. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- "Mein - Single by Deftones". itunes.apple.com. Apple Inc. March 9, 2007. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- "Taste of Chaos Featuring Deftones, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu: Tour Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. December 1, 2005. Archived from the original on November 1, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- Moss, Corey (April 18, 2006). "Korn resurrect Family Values Tour with Deftones, Stone Sour". MTV. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "Suicidal Tendencies Confirmed For Australia's Soundwave Festival". Blabbermouth.net. January 10, 2007. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "The Deftones to Record New 'I Hope You Die!' Music". The Insider. CBS Interactive. April 8, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2010.[dead link]
- "Chi Cheng of Deftones remains in coma". Alternative Press. December 10, 2008. Archived from the original on May 12, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- "Deftones To Guest On 'Loveline'". Blabbermouth.net. March 23, 2009. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
- "Deftones To Be Joined By Former Quicksand Bassist For Bamboozle Left Appearance". Blabbermouth.net. RecCenter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
- "Deftones myspace blog entry for June 24, 2009". June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on August 8, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
- "Korn And Slipknot Record Charity Song For Deftones Bassist". Ultimate-guitar.com. May 20, 2009. Archived from the original on August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- "A Benefit for Chi Cheng | Deftones.com". October 26, 2009. Archived from the original on October 31, 2009.
- "Deftones - "One Love For Chi" Official Fundraiser". Oneloveforchi.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
- Harris, Chris (March 24, 2010). "Deftones Change 'Diamond Eyes' Release Date". Noisecreep.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- "Deftones". Gunsrazorsknives.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
- "DEFTONES: New song available for free download". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- Sciarretto, Amy (February 23, 2010). "Deftones, 'Rocket Skates' -- New Song". Noisecreep. AOL Music. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
- "Special BLACKDIAMONDSKYE Art Posters". Deftones. September 17, 2010. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "Covers - Deftones". Allmusic. Archived from the original on May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
- "ESP Guitars: Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) Interview 2012". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- "Chino Moreno confirms band have finished writing the follow-up to 'Diamond Eyes'". NME. April 2, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
- "Deftones Update Fans On 'Lush' New Album". Ultimate-Guitar.com. July 2, 2012. Archived from the original on July 6, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- Sami Jarroush (October 26, 2012). "Rock it Out! Blog: "An interview with Deftones"". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- Alex Young (July 29, 2012). "Deftones debut new songs, "Rosemary" + "Roller Derby"". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- "Deftones Announce Fall Headline Tour With Scars on Broadway". August 30, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2016.
- "One Love for Chi". Oneloveforchi.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- Prato, Greg. "Deftones - Biography". Billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 11, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
- "DEFTONES Frontman Says Shelved 'Eros' Album Will Finally See Light Of Day". Blabbermouth.Net. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Reilly, Dan (March 5, 2014). "Deftones Start Recording New Album Without Chino Moreno". Spin. Spin Media. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- "DEFTONES Will Write New Album In 2014, Not 2015". Blabbermouth.com. Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- Kraus, Brian (April 13, 2014). "Deftones stream 'Smile' from unreleased album". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
- "Record label denies Deftones' tribute to dead bassist". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. April 16, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Deftones Prep 'Heady, Outside-the-Box' New Album". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- "Chino Moreno Says New Deftones Album Is 'A Little More Technical'". Blabbermouth.net. May 15, 2015. Archived from the original on May 17, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Appleford, Steve (April 1, 2016). "Deftones Talk New Album, Band Tension: 'We Like Unnerving Feelings'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Childers, Chad (August 21, 2015). "Deftones Eye November Release for New Album". Loudwire. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
- Renshaw, David (February 5, 2016). "Deftones poke fun at Kanye West as they confirm 'Gore' album details". NME. Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
- "DEFTONES To Release New Album In September". Blabbermouth.net. April 27, 2015. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "New Deftones Album Pushed Back To November". Blabbermouth. August 21, 2015. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
- "Deftones Are Still Finalizing New Album Title, Artwork And Songtitles - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Archived from the original on October 28, 2015.
- Monroe, Jazz (February 4, 2016)"Deftones Return With New Album Gore, Share 'Prayers/Triangles'" Archived February 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Pitchfork. Retrieved on February 4, 2016.
- Reed, Ryan (March 16, 2016). "Hear Deftones' Pummeling New Song 'Doomed User'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- Keeps, Daniel (April 4, 2016). "Hear Deftones' Lurking New Song 'Hearts/Wires'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- "Deftones Choose Next Single From New Album 'Gore'". Blabbermouth.net. May 31, 2016. Archived from the original on July 8, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
- Dedman, Remfry (April 8, 2016). "Deftones Interview with Chino Moreno: 'We're expanding our sound … we're not making Adrenaline or White Pony again'". The Independent. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
- Trendell, Andrew (May 15, 2018). "Deftones give update on powerful new album". NME. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
- caemanamelio (December 16, 2017). "Deftones Announce 2018 South American Dates". Metal Anarchy. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
- Tremblay, Yanick Klimbo. "Deadly Apples : En tournée avec Rob Zombie et Marilyn Manson". Voir.ca (in French). Retrieved December 25, 2019.
- "DEFTONES Are Still Mixing New Album". Blabbermouth.net. April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- "Deftones Reveal Producer For New Album". theprp.com. February 24, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
- "CHINO MORENO On Upcoming DEFTONES Album: 'Our Main Goal Was To Make Sure That Everybody In The Band Was Involved'". Blabbermouth.net. May 4, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
- Deftones To Headline Next Year's Taste of Chaos Tour blabbermouth.net. October 24, 2005. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
- Grow, Kory. "Deftones+Dillinger Escape Plan". Village Voice. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- Jack, Malcolm. "Deftones - Review". The Guardian. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Pacheco, Fernando. "Mos Deftones". Honolulu Weekly. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Lewitinn, Sarah (March 2003). "Metal". Spin. Vol. 19 no. 3. p. 96. ISSN 0886-3032.
- Reed, Ryan. "Hear Deftones' Pummeling New Song 'Doomed User'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
- Breihan, Tom. "Deftones – "Prayers/Triangles" Video". Stereogum. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
- Cohan, Jillian (June 15, 2007). "Deftones in harmony once more: The experimental rock band, whose tour stops in Wichita on Wednesday, have hashed out their differences.". The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
- Udo, Tommy (2002). Brave Nu World. Sanctuary Publishing. pp. 112–123, 236. ISBN 1-86074-415-X.
- McIver, Joel (2002). "Deftones". Nu-metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-7119-9209-6.
- Bukszpan, Daniel (2003). "The Deftones". The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal. Barnes & Noble. p. 58. ISBN 0-7607-4218-9.
- Trendell, Andrew. "Celebrating 20 Years of Deftones' Masterpiece 'White Pony'". NME. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
- Mojo. "Deftones, Diamond Eyes". Mojo. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
- Fortner, Stephen. "Deftones Frank Delgado on Why Openness Is So Metal". keyboardmag.com. Keyboard Magazine. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Williams, Mark. "Deftones - Gore". MusicOMH. Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- Heaney, Gregory. "Palms". AllMusic. Palms. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- Hill, Stephen. "Every Deftones album ranked from worst to best". TeamRock.com. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
- Johnston, Maura. "Album review: Deftones, 'Gore'". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Hoard, Christian (October 26, 2006). "Deftones, Saturday Night Wrist". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Return Of Funk Metal With Korn - Philly.com
- "Deftones [interview]". Kerrang!. May 2003.
- Weiss, Dan. "Chino Moreno Talks His New, Not-at-All-Witch-House Side Project, Crosses". SPIN. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- "Deftones - White Pony - On Second Thought". Stylus Magazine. September 2, 2003. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- "The Bleaker Side of Metal". LA Times. July 30, 2000. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013.
- Berelian 2003, p. 281.
- Farley, Christopher John (May 9, 2000). "Off to the Races". Time magazine. Archived from the original on December 3, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2007.
- "Features | A Quietus Interview | A New Kind Of Sincerity: Deftones Interviewed". The Quietus. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
- "Chino Moreno: Soundtrack of My Life". The Quietus. February 23, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- "The Deftones' Low-Hype Success". MTV. December 5, 1997. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- "Chino Moreno Talks New Deftones Album, Influences + More". Loudwire. July 25, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- Spanos, Brittany (April 28, 2016). "Deftones, Bad Brains Members Form New Supergroup". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 15, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- "SOL INVICTO Featuring DEFTONES Guitarist: 'As Above So Below' Due Next Month". Blabbermouth.net. March 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Johnson, Tina (August 30, 2000). "Deftones Eye Incubus Tour As Chino Toils On Side Project". MTV News. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Gatto, Frank (March 2006). "DJ Delgado of Deftones puts it all in the mix". The Heights. Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
- Wilson, MacKenzie. "Bamboo Parachute - Chi Cheng". AllMusic. Archived from the original on September 24, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Larkin, Colin, ed. (2007). The encyclopedia of popular music (5th concise ed.). London: Omnibus Press, in association with Muze. ISBN 9781846098567. OCLC 85691957.
- Gottlieb, Meredith (October 15, 1999). "Deftones' Chino Moreno: "I'm Not 'Pony 1'"". MTV News. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- MTV News Staff (August 4, 2006). "For The Record: Quick News On Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, Kevin Federline, Rob Zombie & More". Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Prato, Greg (July 10, 2007). "Droid - Droid". Allmusic. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
- Carino, Paula (August 19, 2008). "Dance Gavin Dance - Dance Gavin Dance". Allmusic. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
- Harris, Chris (July 17, 2008). "Norma Jean Snare Chino Moreno For Guest Spot; Plus Amon Amarth, Every Time I Die & More News That Rules, In Metal File". MTV News. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Harris, Chris (March 31, 2010). "Whitechapel, 'A New Era of Corruption' — New Album". Noisecreep. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- James Christopher Monger. "VII: Sturm und Drang - Lamb of God album review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
- Casteel, Beth (June 15, 2018). "Deftones' frontman Chino Moreno joins Mike Shinoda on new track "Lift Off"". Altpress.com.
- Jeffries, David (June 7, 2011). "Tech N9ne - All 6's and 7's". Allmusic. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
- Fiasco, Lance (April 29, 2001). "Green Day Dominates California Music Awards". idobi. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Zach Shaw (May 3, 2013). "And The Winners Of The Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2013 Are…". Metal Insider. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.