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Deftones is the name of a rock band from Sacramento, California. The band consists of Chino Moreno (vocals), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), Chi Cheng (bass) and the lesser known DJ Frank Delgado.

In Sacramento, the band enjoyed the early sponsorship of local favourites Korn. With that band they also shared a fan community drawn largely from skateboarders. The members of the band actually met while skateboarding, and their first rehearsals together took place in 1989-1990, where they jammed on rough versions of Danzig's "Twist Of Cain".

The band started with Chino, Stephen and Abe getting together as high-school friends. Chi and Frank joined later. Deftones signed to Maverick Records[?] in 1995 and released their debut album, Adrenaline, later that year.

Around The Fur was released a few years later, and included a collaboration with Max Cavalera[?] of Sepultura -- "Headup", a tribute to Dana Wells, who both Chino and Max had known.

In 2000, Deftones' third album, White Pony, was released. It is generally considered to be their most mature recording, including a collaboration with Maynard James Keenan of Tool.

Since then, the band have concentrated on side projects, such as Chino's Team Sleep[?] and Abe's Phallucy[?].


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