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  • The Deftones are an American rock band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1988 consisting of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion)
  • Though initially rooted in heavy metal, Deftones have always claimed diverse influences, with their musical style diversifying over their career
  • The name "Deftones" was created by Carpenter who wanted to pick "something that would just stand out but you know, not be all cheese-ball at the same time
  • Carpenter combined the hip hop slang term "def", which was used by artists he listened to such as LL Cool J and Public Enemy, with the suffix "-tones", which was a popular suffix among 50s bands whose music he also enjoyed
  • Carpenter said the name is intentionally vague to reflect the band's tendency to not focus on just one style of music
  • Critics have often praised them as one of the more unique rock bands of recent years for their innovative, atmospheric music
  • Deftones members have worked on several side projects such as Carpenter's group Sol Invicto featuring Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill and Richie Londres of C.L.P
  • They also worked with a group called Kush, featuring members of Fear Factory and Cypress Hill
  • Deftones' Frank Delgado has a DJ crew with DJ Crook of Team Sleep, DJ Julez and Matt D Called Decibel Devils


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