Something I wonder all the time: why don’t I know more people that like The Deftones?
I know one other person, and I’m the reason she likes them. So, that doesn’t count.
The Deftones have six albums under their belt; two of them gone Platinum and two of them gone Gold. The latest, Diamond Eyes, was released in the spring of 2010. Their musical style has greatly branched out over the course of their career. The sound of The Deftones has been categorized as so many different things: from progressive rock to rap-metal, to post-grunge to experimental/art rock to shoegaze metal. Wait, shoegaze metal? I’ve never heard of such a thing but I know already that I love it, and I think if I had to pick one genre for the Deftones, that would be it. Unless “amazing” and “breath-taking” could be genres. I would even go so far to say that The Deftones are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. It’s crazy that despite selling millions of albums worldwide, they still remain to be invisible to the mainstream. But why would we want the mainstream to ruin such a good thing like it always does?
Their songs have sent shivers throughout my whole body, made me have beautiful nightmares, made me want to knock someone’s head in until my fist disintegrates and last but not least, made me feel like I was falling in love or at least reminded me what that is like. Those are all descriptions of what some of the perfect listening experiences are to me.
The story behind The Deftones is a little funny: during the 80’s, they had formed in Sacramento, California. They were only finally able to acquire high quality instruments after guitarist Stephen Carpenter got a cash settlement from being hit by a car.
That’s one accident that was meant to happen. That’s one accident that should not have been avoided, if it meant Deftones or no Deftones.
On that note, I really shouldn’t be praising car accidents. The bass guitarist, Chi Cheng, was very seriously injured in one in 2008. It left him in a coma and although he has shown significant signs of improvement, he is still in a coma-like state. With the help of donations, his family will be paying a doctor experienced with coma and trauma patients to try an experimental medicine which has an 84% success rate.
I really hope that 84% is on his side. It’s clear to see that his fans are.