American alternative metal band

Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. Deftones has five members in the band; the current band members are Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, Frank Delgado and Sergio Vega.

Deftones performing at the Brixton Academy in 2007
Deftones performing at the Brixton Academy in 2007
Background information
OriginSacramento, California
United States
GenresAlternative metal, experimental rock
Years active1988–present
Warner Bros.
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersChino Moreno
Stephen Carpenter
Abe Cunningham
chi Cheng are the original lineup
Past membersChi Cheng

The band was formed in 1988. They released their debut album Adrenaline on October 3, 1995. The song "Elite" from their third studio album, "White Pony" won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2001. The band has been noted for influencing bands like Muse, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, System of a Down, Fightstar, 10 Years as well as many other bands.

On November 4, 2008, the band's bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car accident which seriously injured him. The band brought in another bassist named Sergio Vega to replace him during his absence.[1] Cheng died on April 13, 2013 after his heart stopped.[2]

Band membersEdit

  • Chi Cheng - bass, backing vocals (1988–2013) (†)


Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit


  • Deftones (Demo 1) (1990)
  • Deftones (Demo 2) (1991)
  • Engine Number Nine/7 Words (1992)
  • (Like) Linus (1993)
  • Root/Nosebleed (1994)


Video albumsEdit


  1. "Deftones Bassist In Coma After Car Crash". Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  2. "Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Dead At 42". Retrieved 2013-04-13.

Other websitesEdit