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Formed: 1989
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Deftones News

Below is our complete Deftones news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Gojira Drummer Premieres New Drum Solo

Mario Duplantier - drummer for French progressive metal band Gojira - premieres his latest 3-minute drum solo named “Movement” streaming via YouTube for you below.

You can catch Gojira live on their 2022 U.S. tour with the Deftones and Vowws this spring. Here’s where the trek will stop: More...

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Gojira’s Mario Duplantier Premieres New Drum Solo

Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier premieres a new drum solo called “Cyclone” which he created this year, streaming via YouTube for you below.

The band will be touring North America later this year: More...

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Deftones Premiere New Music Video “Ceremony”

Deftones premiere their new music video for their latest track, “Ceremony“. The band had Leigh Whannell (‘Invisible Man‘, ‘Upgrade‘) direct the clip, which among others stars actress Cleopatra Coleman (‘The Last Man On Earth‘, ‘In the Shadow Of The Moon‘).

Says singer Chino Moreno: More...

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Deftones Premiere New Song & Music Video "Genesis"

Deftones premiere their new song “Genesis“, you can stream a new official music video for it below. It’s the second advance track to be arrive from the group’s impending ninth studio release “Ohms“, which is scheduled to drop next Friday, September 25th.

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Deftones Premiere New Song & Music Video “Ohms”

Deftones premiere a new song entitled "Ohms", taken from their upcoming new album of the same name. The impending full-length will be out in stores September 25th, 2020.

Check out now "Ohms" below.

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Hellfest Announces 2021 Lineup

Hellfest organizers announce that they were able to retain 90% of their 2020 lineup. Thirteen bands will be replaced organizers promise.

Bands that won't be joining the 2021 lineup include: Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red.

Already added replacements for the 2021 lineup are Puscifer, Dropkick Murphys and Northlane. More...

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Hellfest XV Rescheduled For 2021

Hellfest is the latest summer music festival to reschedule its 2020 edition due to the ongoing pandemic. The festival is rescheduled for June 18-20, 2021. More...

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Slam/Goregrind Tribute Album To Nü-Metal Streaming

Imploding Sounds Records‘ slam/brutal death metal/goregrind tribute to the nü-metal genre saw a release this past Friday, February 14th. You can stream it in its entirety via Bandcamp below.

Track listing: More...

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74 More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2020

The organisers of Belgium's premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting have confirmed a further 74 bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed bands joining previously announced headliners Judas Priest and Iron Maiden will be hard rock pioneers Deep Purple, nu metal favourites Korn, Chicago stars Disturbed, the recently reunited Mercyful Fate, California's own, Deftones and pop punk stars The Offspring. The festival will take place across four days from 18th-21st of June.

The lineup (in alphabetical order) is now as follows: More...

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Iron Maiden, Kiss And SOAD To Headline Download

The organisers of the Download festival, the biggest rock and metal event in Great Britain, have announced that the 2020 edition will be headlined by Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down. A statement from the organisers reads as follows:

"Downloaders, the day is finally here - your first Download Festival 2020 lineup announcement is here! We couldn’t be more stoked to reveal that your headliners will be... KISS, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down!

"Not only that, but NINE more bands will also be coming to rock the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, including Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, and Disturbed! Download 2020 takes place on 12th-14th June and tickets are on sale now, so make sure you grab em!"

The first batch of bands in full:

Kiss (Headliner)
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
The Offspring
Black Veil Brides
Of Mice And Men

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Deftones Vocalist Chino Moreno Premieres New Song

Deftones singer Chino Moreno has contributed a new track entitled “Brief Exchange” to the “Dark Nights: Metal” soundtrack (DC Comics). A stream of that track has been premiered below.

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Will Haven Debut New Track “El Sol”

Will Haven debut their new track “El Sol“, featuring a guest turn from Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter. The song comes from their new effort “Muerte“, which is out March 23rd on minus HEAD Records.

Says guitarist Jeff Irwin of “El Sol“: More...

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Featured On "American Satan"

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will unleash a new single later this month titled “What It Is“ as part of the ‘American Satan‘ soundtrack, out January 26th via Sumerian Records. Davis is preparing a new solo effort which is expected to be out this spring on Sumerian as well. The ‘American Satan‘ soundtrack will run as follows: More...

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Quicksand To Join Deftones On South American Tour

Quicksand will be supporting Deftones on their South American shows in the spring. This will mean bassist Sergio Vega will be pulling double-duty each and every night, being a member of both bands.

05/24 Bogota, COL – Chamorro Entertainment City Hall
05/28 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Coliseo
05/29 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Coliseo
05/30 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Coliseo
06/01 Buenos Aires, ARG – Luna Park

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Deftones South American Dates Announced

Deftones announce a handful of South American shows for the spring next year. Here’s what the band currently have booked for 2018:

03/03 San Antonio, TX – La Cantera
05/24 Bogota, COL – Chamorro Entertainment City Hall
05/28 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Coliseo
06/01 Buenos Aires, ARG – Luna Park
06/21 Copenhagen, DEN – Refshaleoen
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest

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"Hellfest Open Air" 2018 Full Lineup Revealed

The full lineup is in for the 2018 ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, which will be held from June 22nd-24th in Clisson, France. Check out the billing below:

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Just For Fun

Orange Amplification Posts Spoof TV Shopping Video

Orange Amplification is in on the joke as International Artist Relations Manager, Alex Auxier stars with Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence in a new video that spoofs all their new guitar pedals, parodying a TV shopping channel.

In the new video, Alex overcomes hitches with the film set, sound technical difficulties and the bored, stroppy, foul-mouthed presenter Jeremy to tell viewers about the attributes of each pedal as Troy demonstrates them.

Following an argument about whether he can take calls from potential customers, Alex eventually gets to talk to Ler LaLonde (Primus), Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Gary Busey (Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story), Jim Root (Slipknot), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy) and Matt Pike (Sleep / High On Fire).

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Sunday Old School: Deftones

It's very easy to categorise some bands. One can listen to Obituary for instance and say beyond any shadow of a doubt that they're a death metal band, or turn on a Forbidden song and immediately know that they're listening to thrash. Some groups however, defy definition, whether you love them or hate them. Say what you like, but no one else sounded like System of a Down and there wasn't a band like Primus before or since. Today's featured artists also have a sound instantly recognisable and like the three previously mentioned bands, also hail from California, namely; Deftones.

The seeds of Deftones can be traced to McClatchy High School in Sacramento, where future members Stephen Carpenter, Chino Moreno and Abe Cunningham were students and friends, a relationship which continued into the local skateboarding scene. They began jamming together in Carpenter's garage after Moreno found out that he played guitar, while Cunningham played drums. After a while, they brought in a bassist by the name of Dominic Garcia, who eventually switched to drums after Cunningham left to join Phallucy and as a result, the group found a new bassist named Chi Cheng. By 1993 and following another change in drummer, Cunningham returned to the fold once again, solidifying the familiar lineup of the band. More...

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Spotlights Announces Tour With Deftones

Spotlights has been handpicked by Deftones to support the band on two weeks of summer U.S. tourubg. Also appearing on select dates will be Refused. Catch Spotlights live:

Aug 2 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center (w/ Refused)
Aug 3 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion (w/ Refused)
Aug 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater (w/ Refused)
Aug 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn's Landing (w/ Refused)
Aug 7 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena (w/ Refused)
Aug 9 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (w/ Refused)
Aug 10 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage (w/ Refused
Aug 12 - Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill (w/ Refused)
Aug 13 - Toronto, ON @ Arrow Hall (w/ Refused)
Aug 16 - St Paul, MN @ Myth
Aug 17 - Clive, IA @ Seven Flags Event Center
Aug 18 - Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
Aug 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair More...

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Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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