Genre: Alternative Metal
Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). Currently Sergio Vega is standing in on bass while Cheng recovers from a car accident. They have released six albums to date, with three Platinum (Adrenaline, White Pony, Around the Fur) and one Gold certification (Deftones).
Their most recent studio album, Diamond Eyes, was released in spring of 2010. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz. Former Quicksand bassist, Sergio Vega, plays bass on the album as a substitute for Cheng. Deftones released the official music video for the album’s first single, “Rocket Skates”, on March 10.
On March 15, Deftones debuted their first radio-ready single, “Diamond Eyes“. Both “Diamond Eyes” and “Rocket Skates” received positive reviews from fans and critics alike, many making comparisons of the two singles’ style and sound to that of material from their album Around the Fur.
Deftones released the official music video for the album’s second single, “Diamond Eyes”, on April 13.
On December 9, Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store named Diamond Eyes the 2010 “Rock Album of the Year”.
Teaming up with bands Mastodon and Alice in Chains, Deftones went on tour in fall of 2010 in the United States and Canada. The tour was called Blackdiamondskye, a portmanteau of the three bands’ latest albums (Black Gives Way to Blue, Diamond Eyes, and Crack the Skye). They also announced their first UK tour since 2007 and confirmed several Australian dates.
On April 16, 2011, in honor of Record Store Day, the band released an LP titled Covers, containing several cover songs that the band had recorded over the years, including “Drive” (originally by The Cars), “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep” (originally by The Cure), and “No Ordinary Love” (originally by Sade).