Deftones (1989-present) is a Nu-Metal band from Sacramento, California, USA.
ocalist Chino Morino started Deftones with the membership of himself plus Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass/vocals) and Abe Cunningham (drums) to become one of the more promising acts to sign to Madonna's 'Maverick' label (through 'Warner') and released their debut album, Adrenaline (1995). It would be the reputation of Moreno's live shows that helped the Deftones build up a following by coming across as a gonzoid cross between Jonathan Davis (of Korn) and Zack De La Rocha. It would be their next set, Around The Fur (1997), that got them musical notice, especially with the explosive opener, My Own Summer (Shove It), not to mention the Headup track being a collaboration with Sepultura's Max Cavalera. That album was followed up with White Pony (2000) that saw Moreno reflect on his lost youth in Teenager, while Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan joined in for Passenger. But now, several years later, Deftones are starting to leave the Rap-Metal/nu-metal styles to the wannabe pretenders and are showing progression without loosing their anger.