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Formed: 1989
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
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Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Beginning To Recover

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham has posted the following message online:

"Hi,

"I spoke to Chi's mother this morning, the Neurosurgeon treating Chi says the first 72 hours are critical, and as of now he is fighting the good fight and the doctors remain optimistic. We are seeing your prayers in action. The family asks that all the prayer warriors out there to continue to pray for Chi, and keep sending out your positive energy!

"Today's good deed for Chi is to call someone you love, remind them of that love by saying "I love you," and like yesterday remind them to buckle up.

-Abe" More...

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Deftones Singer Posts Another Update On Bassist

Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno has posted the following message online:

"Hello Everyone,

"I am back from up North visiting our brother Cheng. His condition remains the same - serious, but stable. We, along with the entire Cheng family, would like to extend our gratitude to everyone that's said a prayer or sent out their positive thoughts to Chi. Your support means more than you know.

"During his recovery process, Chi's mother has asked that each day we spread a little bit of good in his name. So each day Deftones will be posting what you can do to help Chi recover. Today, she has asked that you all remember to buckle your seat belts, and remind those you love to buckle up. By doing something so little in his name, you will be helping him find the strength to recover.

"Thank you, and please check back daily.

-chino"

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Deftones Singer Gives Update On Chi's Condition

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has posted the following blog online:

"Hello everyone,

It deeply saddens me to inform you all that our brother Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car accident last night. He is currently in a Northern California Hospital in serious, but stable condition. I am on my way up North right now to be by his side along with the rest of our band mates and family. Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I'm praying that his strength will get him through this. Please say a prayer for him as well.

-chino "

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Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng In Coma After Car Crash

The Sacremento Bee reports: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma in a San Jose hospital following a car accident in Santa Clara on Monday.

The band's singer, Chino Moreno, reached by phone, confirmed the news but declined to give specifics.

"I don't know everything that's going on -- I just know it's very serious," Moreno said. "I'm on my way to be with his family, I'm pretty freaked out about it." More...

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Deftones Posts More Studio Footage Online

Sacremento, California based rockers Deftones has posted a new video online, documenting the band working in the studio on their sixth studio album, "Eros." You can check out the video below. More...

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Deftones Posts More Studio Footage Online

Californian rockers Deftones has uploaded another video documenting the band at work in the studio. You can check it out below.

Deftones are currently finishing work on a brand new studio album entitled, "Eros" which is expected to be released early next year. The album was produced by Terry Date and engineered by Scott Olsen. More...

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Deftones Posts More Studio Footage Online

Sacremento, California based rockers Deftones has posted another video containing footage of the band at work in the studio. You can check it out below.

Deftones are currently writing a brand new studio album entitled, "Eros" and are working with producer Terry Date. More...

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Deftones Uploads New Studio Video

Deftones has uploaded a new video documenting the recording of their forthcoming effort, "Eros." You can check it out below.

"Eros" was produced by Terry Date (well known for working with Pantera and Soundgarden among others) and is scheduled for an early 2009 release date. More...

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Video Of New Deftones Song Available

Fan filmed video footage of a new Deftones song, tentatively titled "Melanie" as been posted online at YouTube. You can check it out below.

The band are currently finishing mixing their new album, "Eros" which is set to be released in early 2009. More...

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Deftones Bassist Speaks On New Album

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has recently posted his thoughts regarding the new songs being recorded for the next Deftones album, tentatively titled "Eros."

He states: "We've been locked into the studio, as you know, and are finishing the drum tracks on a song tentatively called 'Trempest'. It's heavy as fuck with a shitload of groove 'n even though it's been driving me crazy as it runs through my insomniatic brain, I am really excited! I always say this shit, but I truly believe this album to be well worth the wait and appreciate all your support and kind loyalty. The idea of finishing the album and getting out to play in front of y'all is a nice light at the end of my tunnel. We intend to tour extensively so don't fret."

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Deftones Prepare To Enter Studio

DEFTONES will enter a Sacramento, California studio later this month with producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA) and engineer Scott Olson (DEFTONES, UNEARTH) to begin recording the band's sixth studio album, "Eros", tentatively due before the end of the year.

Commented frontman Chino Moreno: "So these past few weeks have been just a little barbarous for us as we get closer to the actual recording part of this record. April 14th is our official start date. Our longtime producer Terry Date graced us with a short visit early last week to hear the songs and do some pre-production. Now it's pretty much crunch hour trying to stick with our plan to have everything written before we start tracking the drums. Hard for me to describe what this record will sound like. So far, it's shaping up to be our most unorthodox piece of work, not only sound-wise but the way a lot of the songs have come about. There is also some of that good old 'fuck you, I hope you die!' aggression I know a lot of you love and miss from us." More...

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Guitar Hero III Adds "Modern Metal" Song Pack

Just a week after it's last update (a batch of No Doubt tunes) Guitar Hero III is getting another song pack. This time, it's the "Modern Metal Track Pack," featuring master tracks of Deftones' "Hole in the Earth," Avenged Sevenfold's "Almost Easy" and Thrice's "The Arsonist." As you've come to expect, the three songs will cost you 500 points ($6.25).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day will be a free three-song pack from from Dropkick Murphys, master tracks of "Famous for Nothing," "(F)lannigan's Ball" and "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya."

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Deftones To Enter Studio Next Month

DEFTONES will enter a Sacramento, California studio at the end of March with producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA) and engineer Scott Olson (DEFTONES, UNEARTH) to begin recording its sixth studio album, "Eros", tentatively due before the end of the year. Frontman Chino Moreno recently told UK magazine Kerrang! that the songwriting for the CD is coming along much faster than it has in the past. Moreno said, "We've certainly taken our time on the last few records but this one has happened very quickly. We got off tour and took a month off. Then we went into the studio and wrote a lot of music very quickly...The most important thing we had to do was to break our habits and change the way we've done things for the last few years."

Moreno explained that the band took much longer to come up with material in the past because "everyone was working separately. We would record our parts and then email them out without actually seeing each other...This time, we were all together and that really helped."

The band's last CD, "Saturday Night Wrist", came out in October 2006 and its creation nearly resulted in the band's demise. But Moreno said, "Our working relationship is better than it's ever been before. As a result, everything has improved -- our friendships and our lives. We're all really happy now."

As for the direction of the new record, Moreno hinted, "The songs are definitely weird...there's a lot of atmosphere and a lot of soundscaping."

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Deftones Reveal New Album Title

DEFTONES has set "Eros" as the title of the band's sixth studio album, tentatively due later in the year. Frontman Chino Moreno recently told UK magazine Kerrang! that the songwriting for the CD is coming along much faster than it has in the past. Moreno said, "We've certainly taken our time on the last few records but this one has happened very quickly. We got off tour and took a month off. Then we went into the studio and wrote a lot of music very quickly...The most important thing we had to do was to break our habits and change the way we've done things for the last few years."

Moreno explained that the band took much longer to come up with material in the past because "everyone was working separately. We would record our parts and then email them out without actually seeing each other...This time, we were all together and that really helped."

The band's last CD, "Saturday Night Wrist", came out in October 2006 and its creation nearly resulted in the band's demise. But Moreno said, "Our working relationship is better than it's ever been before. As a result, everything has improved -- our friendships and our lives. We're all really happy now."

As for the direction of the new record, Moreno hinted, "The songs are definitely weird...there's a lot of atmosphere and a lot of soundscaping."

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Deftones Frontman Discusses New Album

Kerrang! magazine recently spoke to DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's new album. The short interview, which can also be found on the DEFTONES' official blog, follows below.

Kerrang!: It normally seems to take you years to release a new album. Why has this one happened so fast?

Chino: "We've certainly taken our time on the last few records but this one has happened very quickly. We got off tour and took a month off. Then we went into the studio and wrote a lot of music very quickly."

Kerrang!: It sounds like a very fertile period.

Chino: "It was. The most important thing we had to do was to break our habits and change the way we've done things for the last few years. One of the reasons the last few records took so long was because everyone was working separately.We would record our parts and then email them out without actually seeing each other. That has its positives but we really missed out on the creative process of all of us sitting in a room and writing together. This time, we were all together and that really helped. In fact, I'd say that our working relationship is better than it's ever been before. As a result, everything has improved — our friendships and our lives. We're all really happy now.

Kerrang!: The last album had a very difficult birth. You weren't sure you wanted to be in the band and there were lots of inter-band tensions. Has that changed?

Chino: "There were lots of problems on the last album, definitely. The way we were working meant that communication in the band wasn't very strong. That's changed now that we've shifted our approach. Making that last record was seriously unhealthy experience. It just dragged on without much direction. Even the idea of the record was just to make something vague, and that's pretty much what we did. I liked it, but when we focus and work together, it's a lot better."

Kerrang!: How has the relationship between the band members improved?

Chino: "Over the last few years, a lot of the band members have had a few problems — divorces, money problems, life — and it has just been an unhappy time. We've all come out of that now. I hate to talk like its all rainbows and sunshine over here, but it is!"

Kerrang!: So you feel positive now?

Chino: "The reason we're in a band is because it's fun. It just wasn't fun back when we were making 'Saturday Night Wrist'. I really didn't want to do it anymore, which is why I left the band to go and do the TEAM SLEEP thing. I really wasn't sure if I was going to return to the band either. We had to take a break because we'd been going for 10 years straight and it was a relentless cycle of studio, touring, studio, touring. It just wasn't fun. But, having rediscovered our friendships, everything became worthwhile again. Every day just gets better and better now."

Kerrang!: What does the new material sound like?

Chino: "The songs are definitely weird, which is a breath of fresh air to me. I haven't been playing guitar on these new songs so Steph (Carpenter, guitar) has taken up the helm and that's worked out really well. He's been very creative has been writing very weird, melodic stuff. That's great because I want the album to be as weird as we can possibly make it without completely alienating people. If I had to compare it to any of our records, then I think it probably reminds me of 'White Pony' the most. There's a lot of atmosphere and a lot of soundscaping. I couldn't' feel better about it at the moment."

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Deftones Offer Update From The Studio

The DEFTONES have posted the following update:

“After a month long stay in Los Angeles, we’re back in Sacto at the Spot where we’ll continue to work on new material until the holidays. As of right now, there’s about 6 to 8 songs finished, and we hope to have a few more completed before we break. As some of you may have read, we’ve taken a different approach to writing this record than we have the past few years, and so far it’s been a lot of fun. The material seems to be flowing freely, and each song is different from the other. We feel like we’re accomplishing what we set out to do, which is to write a record that pushes boundaries for us creatively. We can’t wait for you all to hear it. More updates to come…”

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Deftones Frontman Talks About New Material

DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno has told MTV.com that the group's fans can expect the follow-up to 2006's "Saturday Night Wrist" to be on store shelves by fall 2008. According to Moreno, the band has spent about six weeks writing for it and wants to spend the next three coming up with even more material.

"The band's been working really good together and utilizing our time really well," he said. "We have a little more than half an album's worth of material right now — written completely. We plan to have a record's worth of material written before the holidays, and we'll start recording at the beginning of next year.

"The last two records have been a lot more impersonal," Moreno continued. "Once we started using computers, it got super impersonal. Everybody would come in separately and do their parts. We looked back to our sophomore album, where we wrote and recorded it and mixed it in four months, and that's still one of my favorite records we've ever done. We want to work in that way [again], all together in one room, and we just play everything until it's memorized, and then we'll record it live. That's what we did with our first records."

Moreno said he won't be contributing guitars to the yet-untitled LP, and he feels that aids the creative process. "[Guitarist] Stephen [Carpenter] has been writing tons of songs, and he's got some really great ideas," Moreno said. "I don't think I'm slowing things down by trying to change everything in the midst of writing it — I am letting them write the music, and I'll take care of the vocals."

The singer said the material the band has come up with so far is "dance-y" and "way uptempo-ish, which is kind of neat."

"[Drummer] Abe [Cunningham] is playing really, really fast, and I like that," Moreno said. "It's way more energetic. Our last couple of records have been more midtempo, which is the stuff I tend to write. But on this record, everything is more snappy."

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Deftones Writing New Material

The DEFTONES have issued the following MySpace bulletin:

"On July 28th, DEFTONES wrapped up their 246th show in support of 'Saturday Night Wrist'. Inspired, and wasting no time, the band has immediately returned to 'The Spot' in Sacramento to write their sixth studio album. For the first time, the band has created an official blog to document the writing process. The doorway to the blog is through the sacred hearts on Deftones.com. Check back often to stay connected with DEFTONES as they create the next groundbreaking record in their legacy."

DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno told Billboard.com in May that the quintet had set up a backstage writing room on tour where they were creating new material.

"We're going in there and playing as five of us in the room with just our instruments, no other distractions," he explained. "That's how we started out, basically, when we first started the band — us in the garage, no ProTools or anything to get us ahead of ourselves. We'd just play things over and over again, until we remembered it — that's the rawest way you can do it, and the best, I think."

Chino Moreno's TEAM SLEEP side project is currently working on a new full-length record with no set release date yet. In the meantime, TEAM SLEEP is planning several multimedia Internet releases to be announced in the near future. Fans are encouraged to e-mail any pics and video that they may capture of the band on tour to teamsleepmail@gmail.com for possible use on the band's web site.

TEAM SLEEP will take to the road in November for a string of gigs. Joining them on the trek will be former FROM FIRST TO LAST frontman Sonny Moore, plus rotating openers MONSTER IN THE MACHINE and STRATA. The tour kicks off November 29 in Orangevale, California, and continues through December 16 in San Francisco.

TEAM SLEEP's members include Moreno (vocals, guitar), Zach Hill of HELLA (drums), DJ Crook (turntables), Todd Wilkinson (guitar) and Rick Verrett (bass/keyboards).

On the subject of the upcoming tour, Wilkinson said. "We will be performing songs from the record and some new songs which we're currently working on. Touring with some of the new songs is definitely going to be of help to the writing process."

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Team Sleep Announce Tour Dates

DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno's TEAM SLEEP side project will take to the road in November for a string of gigs. Joining them on the trek will be former FROM FIRST TO LAST frontman Sonny Moore, MONSTER IN THE MACHINE and STRATA. The tour kicks off November 29 in Orangevale, California, and continues through December 16 in San Francisco. The dates are as follows:

Nov. 29 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Nov. 30 - Portland, OR - The Hawthorne Theatre
Dec. 01 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Dec. 02 - Boise, ID – [to be announced]
Dec. 03 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theatre
Dec. 04 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Dec. 06 - Oklahoma City, Ok - The Conservatory
Dec. 07 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Dec. 08 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Dec. 09 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room at House of Blues
Dec. 10 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Dec. 11 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
Dec. 12 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
Dec. 13 - Hollywood, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
Dec. 14 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
Dec. 15 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
Dec. 16 - San Francisco, CA – Slims

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Judas Priest And Machine Head Win Kerrang! Awards

According to BBC News, Welsh rock act LOSTPROPHETS has been named "Best British Band" at the Kerrang! awards for the second year in a row.

Four-times nominees ENTER SHIKARI won "Best Live Act", with MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE securing Best International Band — also from four nominations.

San Francisco metal group MACHINE HEAD scooped "Best Album" for "The Blackening", while 30 SECONDS TO MARS won "Best Single" for "The Kill".

Birmingham heavy metal veterans JUDAS PRIEST won the "Hall Of Fame" honor.

Industrial rock group NINE INCH NAILS was presented with an icon award by Hollywood actress and rock singer Juliette Lewis in recognition of their long-standing career.

Experimental heavy rock band the DEFTONES was also honored with the classic "Songwriter Award" for "creating memorable and timeless songs".

MACHINE HEAD and ENTER SHIKARI won an additional two gongs — "Hard Rock Hero" and "Spirit of Independence" respectively.

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