The story of Deftones from Sacramento is truly curious. The guys were discovered by none other than Madonna. Deftones are considered one of the most influential bands in nu metal. However, the band itself never felt comfortable in that genre.
For many metal fans, the band is a real insider tip when it comes to creative songwriting, unique riffs, and innovative crossover sounds. With us, you can get many of their music releases pressed on vinyl or CD. Of course, we also have a lot of official Deftones merchandise for you - including well-known motifs from the band's history, such as the cover of Around the Fur.
The Story Of Deftones
In 1988, three skater kids started a band project in a garage. Once a complete lineup was found, they began playing concerts under the name Deftones in Sacramento and the surrounding area. In the early years, the band was very active live and even landed as an opening act for their idols Korn. They turned down offers from smaller indie labels one after another because the services offered did not meet their own standards.
Surprisingly, it was Madonna who secured a major deal for the five-piece with her label Maverick, through which their debut album "Adrenaline" was released in 1995. Two years later, the guys achieved worldwide success with Around the Fur, and the two singles "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" received massive airplay on MTV.
The band became a flagship of nu metal - a label that lead singer Moreno did not appreciate at all. As a result, their follow-up album White Pony in 2000 took on a much darker and more experimental tone and became commercially successful thanks to the single "Elite". It sold over one million copies. Despite their success, there were increasing disputes and disagreements within the band. It escalated to the point where the band members hardly spoke to each other and recorded their album Saturday Night Wrist separately in different studios. Despite all obstacles and delays, the album, which featured a guest part by Serj Tankian from System Of A Down, was well received by fans and critics.
In 2008, bassist and founding member Chi Cheng suffered a serious car accident. He fought for his life for years and passed away in 2013 due to heart failure. Despite this heavy blow, the band decided to continue. Their 2010 album Diamond Eyes reached number 8 on the German album charts.