Hailing from Sacramento, California USA, this Alternative-Metal Rap-Metal multiethnic crew, started in the late '80s by high-school students vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng and drummer Abe Cunningham.
The foursome began touring the Bay Area as the opening act for major acts such as Korn and L7; they finally inked a deal with Maverick Records in 1995 and released their debut full-length disc, "Adrenaline", in October later that year.
Two years later Deftones expanded their line-up to include turntablist Frank Delgado and recorded "Around The Fur", which cracked the top 30 of The Billboard 200 chart upon its October 1997 release; it contained the single "Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)", their first Billboard's Active Rock top 30 hit.
The quintet returned in the summer of 2000 with their breakthrough LP, "White Pony", which debuted at #3 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart; the first single, "Change (In The House Of Flies)", made an impact at Mainstream and Modern Rock radio as it climbs up to #9 and #3 respectively on the Billboard charts and was followed by the Modern Rock top 20 hit, "Digital Bath"; to promote the album the group toured with Godsmack and Puddle Of Mudd. At the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, the track "Elite", won for Best Metal Performance.
The Sacramento heavy-rockers delivered their fourth album of new material in May 2003, the eponymously titled 11-track CD shot to #2 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and cemented their reputation as one of the new millennium's biggest Metal acts; the record generated the Modern Rock top 10 hit single, "Minerva". They also launched a co-headling tour with A Perfect Circle in Europe where the self-titled album peaked at #7 on the U.K. chart and climbed into the top 5 in Australia.
After a three-year silence, Deftones resurfaced in October 2006 with their fifth full studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist", it debuted at #10 on The Billboard 200 highlighted by the Hot Modern Rock top 20 hit single "Hole In The Earth" and the Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 entrant "Mein", a track which features a guest appearance from System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian.
As the band had already begun working on the next album, with the projected title "Eros", on November 4, 2008, bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car crash that left him in a coma. In June 2009 Moreno and company announced that the album was put on hold indefinitely.
Having recruited new bassist Sergio Vega, a close friend of the band and who had briefly took over from Cheng back in 1999, Deftones opted to record a new album. Preceded by the single "Rocket Skates", the 11-song set called "Diamond Eyes" arrived in May 2010 going straight into the top 10 of The Billboard 200. It produced two Active Rock radio top 20 hits with "You've Seen The Butcher" and the title-track which also peaked at #16 on The Alternative Songs chart.
In November 2012 Deftones released their seventh studio album, "Koi No Yokan". The first single, "Tempest", became the band's highest Active Rock charting song with apeak of #3, it also managed to enter the top 20 of The Alternative Songs chart.