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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 began when Chino, Stephen and Abe were in high-school together. Chi and Frank joined later on. They signed to Maverick Records in 1995 and released their debut album, Adrenaline, later that year.

Around The Fur was released two 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.

The has worked on several side projects, including Chino's Team Sleep and Abe's Phallucy.

Their latest album Deftones (self-titled) was released in 2003.