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Editors’ Notes

If nü-metal bands were movies, Deftones would be an art-house drama. “Change (In the House of Flies),” a single from their third album, White Pony, suggests the teen-murder tale River’s Edge as scripted by Franz Kafka and set to a slow-grinding pulse. Pony occasionally offers a straightforward riff ’n’ scream (“Elite”), but more often these are oblique tales of psychic pain and drugs that sometimes even touch the realm of the dreamy (“Digital Bath”). Jeff Buckley would have been thrilled at how “Knife Party” expands the hard-rock notions of his Grace — the track’s bridge finds singer Chino Moreno pulling off a worthy tribute to Buckley’s falsetto — while “Rx Queen” brings together desert twang with dub-reggae dynamics. White Pony is an object lesson in how a band can claim its own terrain, rather than giving in to imposed expectations.

Customer Reviews

Quintessential Deftones

This, by far, is Deftones greatest album. They blend, mix, chop and attack guitars, bass, drums, synth and vocals into a puree of angst, rage, fear, love and loathing. The single "Change" brought them to the forefront as their most popular single, but it's the gems like "Digital Bath," "Passenger" (featuring Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle), and "Elite" that you get to the heart of the Deftones' music. A solid buy for any fan of Hard Rock and Metal.

all time favorite

greatest cd, dont think any other LP will capture the same essence this one has on me.

White Pony Review

This was the album that introduced me to Deftones, which in turn have become my favorite overall band. Bought on a wim, thanks to Change (In the House of Flies), I wasn't quite sure what to expect. That was quelled when Feiticeira (this was the lead track on the original) came blasting out of my headphones. White Pony is a mix of ambient aggression, which is the best way I could describe it. I would recommend for the simple fact that this was my first taste of Deftones and plus it's their most commercially successful.


Formed: 1988 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushed singing -- spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The group first formed in Sacramento, California during 1988, when then high-school students Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Chino Moreno (vocals) first began to jam together. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, going through several different bass players...
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