Rocking since 1988, the Deftones proved to be one of the most influential unique sounding grunge bands to perform throughout the past 3 decades. Consisting of vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, drummer Abe Cunningham, and late bassist Chi Cheng the band performed heart-throbbing heroin laced metal until Cheng left the band due to illness and was replaced by Sergio Vega. Sadly, Cheng remained in a car-wreck induced coma for 5 years before passing a way in April 2013.
In 1992, The Deftones released a demo, Like Linus, which was followed three years later by their debut album Adrenaline. Recorded in Seattle, Washington, the band spent the next three years touring, and spreading their music by word-of-mouth. The album eventually sold over 500,000 copies; however, it never fully got the attention of the radio stations.
After grinding it out on the road for several years, Deftones released their second album Around the Fur. Highly anticipated, the record launched the Deftones into the mainstream, garnering them much success and slots at all the prominent rock festivals. Hit songs “Around the Fur,” “Be Quiet and Drive,” and “My Own Summer,” put the band at the top of the rock charts for weeks. Along with their success in the US, the Deftones were highly received in Australia and New Zealand.
Building off the momentum, in 2000 the Deftones returned to the studio, went through countless record infringement problems, and finally released White Pony. Experimental, the album received some negative criticism as a result of the softer sound; however, Chino’s lyrics were given heavy praise and the album won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
After releasing the Live in Hawaii DVD in 2002, the Deftones returned to the studio to work on their self-titled album. Leaving only to play shows in Australia and New Zealand, the band released Deftones on May 20, 2003. Their first single “Minerva” shot to the top of the charts and stayed on the Billboard top 100 for nine weeks.
Continuing their success, the Deftones spent the next 8 years sporadically touring and creating records. In 2005, they released B-Sides & Rarities (with DVD) followed by their 2006 release of Saturday Night Wrist. Two years later, work on Eros was put on hold after Chi Cheng suffered major injuries from a car accident and the band decided to take a break.
In 2010, the Deftones returned as strong as ever with the release of Diamond Eyes. It contained songs that were intended for Eros, including “You've Seen The Butcher.” The album has been a modest success for the band and debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. Two years later, with the help of Reprise Records, the band released their final album Koi No Yokan.