Deftones, an award-winning alternative metal band formed in 1988, released some of the biggest progressive metal songs of the ‘90s. After a long hiatus, Deftones is back with their latest album Gore and tour dates across the US, UK and Europe. Their musical style includes influences across numerous genres, such as progressive metal, experimental rock and art rock. Unique for the metal genre, Deftones experiments with each one of their albums, bringing emotion, ambiguity and dimension to the forefront.
Fans with Deftones tickets enjoy concerts that not only highlights their 2016 album, Gore, with singles including “Prayers/Triangles,” “Smile” and “Doomed User,” but each performance also includes fan favorite songs spanning from the late ‘80s to today. These include “Change (In the House of Flies),” “Elite,” “7 Words,” “Passenger” and more.
Three of the band's original members – Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham and Chino Moreno – were friends in high school. With each member expressing their own style and love for music, they decided to start a band, adding Chi Cheng to the group in 1990.
They released their first four-track demo that year, generating a cult following. Two years later, they were performing alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Korn. They soon caught the attention of a recruiter from one of the most popular metal labels in the field, Maverick Records. Working with Maverick Records throughout their career, the band has released eight studio albums.
Additionally, Deftones has won two coveted awards, including a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for their single “Elite,” and a Revolver’s Golden Gods Award for Album of the Year for 2013’s Koi No Yokan.
Since Cheng’s tragic death in 2013, the group’s lineup now also features Frank Delgado and Sergio Vega.
Their first album, Adrenaline, dropped in 1995, 13 years after they formed. Well received, it sold more than 200,000 copies, eventually achieving gold status. With the hype from Adrenaline, their second album Around the Fur (1997) almost immediately went platinum. Due to their newfound popularity, Deftones performed at Warped Tour and had multiple Billboard hits.
One of their most popular albums, White Pony, derived inspirations from bands such as Tool and Nine Inch Nails. Named one of the best albums of 2001, it earned them a Grammy. Their 2003 self-titled album Deftones reached No. 1 on numerous Billboard charts.
Their 2016 album Gore has topped charts in Germany, America, New Zealand, Australia and more. Some say it is their best album since the 2003 self-titled release.
Similar to Deftones
Fans that have seen Deftones tour may also enjoy Of Mice and Men – a metalcore band from California, that is not only similar to Deftones but uses them for inspiration. Another similar artist to Deftones is Tool, a Grammy Award-winning alternative metal rock band.