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Bursting on to the music scene in the mid-90s, Deftones brought about a new gospel of angry heavy metal into the picture. The alt-metal combo, led by the legendary Chino Moreno, consists of three additional members – Stephen Carpenter on lead guitar, Abe Cunningham on drums and Dominic Garcia on bass.

Deftones started out with a strong heavy metal sound and diversified it with the passage of time. Their sound has been described as art rock, nu metal, post-hardcore, dream pop, stoner rock, psychedelia, math metal, glitch and trip hop among other things.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their album, Around the Fur in 2017 with limited edition merchandise, Deftones are all set to entertain audiences again. Even if you can’t get your hands on these limited addition items, you can still grab these Deftones tickets and celebrate the upcoming performances of the band and the years of entertainment they have provided to audiences worldwide!

The Story behind the Name

The name “Deftones” was a made up term by Carpenter. The idea was to create "something that would just stand out but you know, not be all cheese-ball at the same time." He put together the term “def” from hip hop slang and the popular suffix at the time “-tones” and created a random band name. Deftones is also a pun on the phrase “tone deaf”.

Beginnings of Deftones

Carpenter, Moreno and Cunningham were childhood friends that went to the same high school in Sacramento. The three got together and started jamming in Carpenter’s garage around 1988. Sometime after that, they hired the bassist, Dominic Garcia and continued to perform at local clubs around Los Angeles and San Francisco. At one such performance, they were closing for another band when they managed to impress a representative from Maverick Records. Soon after, they were signed on to the label and started working on their debut album.

Early Music and Breakthrough

The band released its debut album, Adrenaline, in October 1995 and received a slow response initially. However, thanks to a dedicated fan base, extensive touring and internet promotion, Adrenaline managed to sell more than 220,000 copies. Today, the album is regarded as one of the most important works of the nu metal movement in the 1990s. The album remained on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for around 21 weeks and peaked at No. 23. In July of 1999, the album was certified gold and in September 2008, it received platinum status by the RIAA.

The second album by the band, Around the Fur, was a breakthrough work for the group in the true sense of the word. It propelled the band into widespread fame in the world of alt-metal. Singles “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” received a lot of radio and MTV airplay. The album sold around 43,000 copies within the first week of its release and peaked on Billboard 200 and No. 29, remaining on the chart for 17 weeks. Around the Fur peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

More “Deftones” Music

Since the release of their breakthrough album, the band has released 6 more albums, 3 compilation albums and 22 music videos. The 2003 album, self-titled Deftones, was released in 2003 and peaked at No. 2 in the US, along with being an international success. In recent times, the band has released Diamond Eyes (2010), which included the single “You’ve Seen the Butcher”; Koi Na Yokan in 2012 as their seventh studio album and Gore in 2016, as the eighth studio album.

Influences and Musical Style

Originally starting out as a “nu metal” band, Deftones have varied their musical style over the years. They have incorporated multiple kinds of sounds like hardcore and dream pop along with their basic alt-metal. Time magazine has described the lyrics by the band to be “suggesting emotions rather than announcing them”, referring to the subtle nature of the way Deftones explores various themes. Talking about the lyrical content of the band’s work, Moreno says, “I like to be ambiguous when writing to a certain extent, and throwing something so brash [as Chi's accident] against that and playing with it. And also making it sound dimensional. Giving the feeling off that it is raw and it is emotional, but it's not just connected with our personal story. It's not merely about our career and our lives, it's bigger than that. When I hear the music, I get inspired to paint the lyrical pictures you describe, but I'm not always talking about myself”.

Awards and Achievements

Throughout their career, the Deftones have managed to achieve milestones at every step of the way. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for their song “Elite” in 2001. They also got the Revolver Golden Gods Award for Album of the Year for Koi No Yokan in 2013. 

Their music has received a lot of critical acclaim and has been appreciated by many. Pitchfork recently gave the band’s latest album, Gore, some really positive feedback. “Gore is easily Deftones’ most engaging record since White Pony, filled with carefully crafted hooks disguised as bridges and transition. As with all of their best music, it sounds like the brutal, beautiful result of the band being passionate enough to rip each other’s heads off.”

In addition to these honors, the band has also had several albums get silver, gold or platinum certifications by the RIAA.

Deftones Tour Tickets

If you want to enjoy the music of this uniquely impressive band, you need to get these Deftones tour tickets at the earliest. The upcoming performances for the band are all set to go for the winter season. Deftones will be performing alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Children of Bodom, Prophets of Rage and Orange Goblin at the Ozzfest in November 2017. In case you missed the chance to get Deftones tickets for this event, don’t worry – you will get plenty of chances in the upcoming months to catch your favorite band live in action!


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