DEFTONES - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album

Deftones' 2003 self-titled album marked a pivotal moment in their musical journey. Produced by Terry Date, the "White Album" showcased a fusion of aggressive guitar riffs and ethereal compositions, highlighting the band's evolution. Chino Moreno's versatile vocals and introspective lyrics contributed to its critical acclaim. The album's enduring legacy lies in its sonic experimentation and emotional depth, solidifying Deftones' impact on the alternative music scene.

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"Deftones self-titled" Album Description:

In the dynamic realm of alternative rock and nu-metal, Deftones stands as a formidable force, and their self-titled album, released in 2003, is a significant chapter in their musical journey. This eponymous record, often referred to as "Deftones," encapsulates the band's evolution and artistic experimentation during a crucial period in their career.

Background and Formation:

Before delving into the album's creation, it's essential to understand the roots of Deftones. Formed in 1988 in Sacramento, California, the band consists of Chino Moreno (vocals, guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (turntables, samples, keyboards), and Abe Cunningham (drums). Deftones' sound is characterized by a unique blend of heavy guitar riffs, atmospheric textures, and Moreno's versatile vocals, ranging from melodic croons to powerful screams.

The Sonic Landscape of Deftones (2003):

Released on May 20, 2003, the self-titled album marked a departure from the band's earlier nu-metal sound, embracing a more experimental and atmospheric direction. This shift showcased Deftones' commitment to pushing musical boundaries, a trait that has defined their career.

Recording Process and Collaborations:

The album was recorded at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California, with producer Terry Date, who had previously worked with the band on several projects. The collaborative synergy between Deftones and Date played a pivotal role in shaping the sonic landscape of the self-titled album.

Influences and Themes:

Deftones drew inspiration from a diverse range of influences, including post-rock, shoegaze, and new wave. This amalgamation of genres contributed to the album's rich and textured sound. Lyrically, the themes explored on the self-titled record are introspective and often delve into personal struggles and relationships, adding a layer of emotional depth to the music.

Critical Reception and Legacy:

Upon its release, "Deftones" received positive reviews from critics, applauding the band's bold experimentation and sonic diversity. The album's lasting impact is evident in its continued recognition as a pivotal moment in Deftones' discography.

Music Genre:

  Alternative Punk Death New Metal
Album Production information:
The album: "Deftones" was produced by: Terry Date and the Deftones

Terry Date is an American Music producer and sound recording engineer, specializing in the rock genres, specially heavy metal.

He was born on 10 November 1954, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Date began his musical career in the 1970s as a recording engineer, working on albums by a number of well-known artists in the rock and heavy metal scenes.


He is known for his distinctive production style, which combines powerful, heavy guitar sounds with dynamic, punchy drums and clear, clean vocals. Date has been recognized as an influential figure in the heavy metal and hard rock communities, and his work has been widely praised for its impact on the sound of modern metal music.

He is well known for his work with Overkill , Metal Church , Slipknot, Pantera, Soulfly, White Zombie, Deftones, Dark Angel , Dream Theater, Slayer , Soundgarden and Limp Bizkit.

Record Label & Catalognr:

Waverick 9362-48350
Record Format:
12" 170grams Vinyl Full-Length Stereo LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 250 gram  
Year & Country 
2003 Made in USA
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Band Members and Musicians on: Deftones S/T self-titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Abe Cunningham - Drums
  • Chi Cheng - Bass
  • Frank Delgado - Samples, keyboards
  • Stephen Carpenter - Guitars
Track Listing of: "Deftones"

The Song/tracks on "Deftones" are

  • Hexagram 4:09
  • Needles and Pins 3:23
  • Minerva 4:17
  • Good Morning Beautiful 3:28
  • Deathblow 5:28
  • When Girls Telephone Boys 4:36
  • Battle-axe 5:01
  • Lucky You 4:10
  • Bloody Cape 3:37
  • Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event 3:57
  • Moana 5:04
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