Deftones Release "Romantic Dreams" Video

California rock outfit Deftones have partnered with Redbull Music to release the official video for their new single, “Romantic Dreams.”

Too often the formula for music videos boils down to performance footage and cut away sequences, but in the video for “Romantic Dreams,” Deftones remove themselves entirely. Directed by skater and filmmaker Brett Novak, the clip features pro skater Jason Park exploring Los Angeles on what appears to be the perfect summer night. You can view the video below.

When asked about the concept behind the video, Moreno offered:

“When we started this record cycle, we decided that we didn’t want to make any videos whatsoever. They’re not much fun to make and they usually turn out pretty corny. But this was an idea that we were interested in because we’re all very keen skateboarders and we like the idea of marrying one of our songs to someone as talented as Jason Park.”

Deftones’ latest album, Koi No Yokan, is available now. (more…)

Deftones Release "Swerve City" Music Video

California rock outfit Deftones have release a music video for their latest single, “Swerve City.”

The visuals for “Swerve City” are 90% shots of a beautiful woman roaming desert landscapes on horseback. I know the idea of a girl riding a horse through the desert may not sound like an interesting concept for a music video, but today that opinion will likely change. As the story unfolds it becomes clear she has secrets, and before the clip ends you begin to unravel the mystery behind why such a woman would be in such a hot, dry place.

Deftones are scheduled to go out on an international tour starting May 11. Click here for dates and ticket information. (more…)

Deftones Comment On Chi Cheng's Death

News of the passing of Deftones‘ bassist Chi Cheng has sent waves of sadness through the entertainment industry. Though Chi was suffering for the last few years, his absence from this world makes things dimmer for countless family, friends, and fans around the world. After taking some time to grieve themselves, Deftones have come forward with a message for fan’s regarding Chi’s passing:

“There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of love. It’s time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi.

Stephen, for Deftones”

Rest in peace, Chi. You will be missed.

RIP: Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Passes Away

It’s sad start to week here at the OurStage offices, as we have just received word that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at the age of 42. He had been left in a semi-concious coma since being involved in a November 04th, 2008 car accident. You can read a message posted by his family and friends to his official support site,, below:

Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. (more…)

Album Review: Deftones – "Koi No Yokan"

After more than 20 years, Deftones are still going strong. In fact, they may be stronger than ever these days. Their newest, highly-anticipated album, Koi No Yokan, is clearly the work of a well-seasoned group that is truly in touch with their sound and who they are as a band. However, something about the album still leaves more to be desired.

First off, if you are a fan of Deftones, then you can rest assured, this is definitely still the band you know and love. They haven’t changed very drastically (not for the worst at least), and when you listen to this album, all of the components that drew you to the band in first place are still there. It is a well-produced, well-written, and meaningful record that has been graciously welcomed by fans and critics into the band’s discography. Still, something about the work as a whole just does not have as lasting an impact as it’s 2010 predecessor Diamond Eyes. It could be considered a close second though.

Right off the bat, Koi No Yokan”a Japanese phrase for the sense that a person feels upon first meeting someone that the two will fall in love”hits the listener hard with the deep Meshuggah-like tones of Stephen Carpenter’s 7-8 string guitar in opener “Swerve City.” This sound sets the stage for most of the album, especially in the tracks “Poltergeist,” “Tempest,” and “Rosemary,” which repeats a dark and brooding riff in the breakdown with surprisingly similar tones of The Acacia Strain. While Carpenter’s guitar is the first distinguished trait in the song, it’s Chi Cheng’s smoothly ascending and descending bass lines that carry the verse of “Swerve City.” Vocalist Chino Moreno leads the track and the album as fluidly as ever, with his signature “soaring-over-the-mountains” reverb and elongated melodic phrases.

The second track, “Romantic Dreams,” follows up this feeling with a pulsing 3/4 groove that alternates to optimistic riff-laden sections in 4/4. “Leathers” ups the intensity with dissonant sections of chugging and screaming, while still interlaced with emotively grandiose and flowing choruses. As mentioned before, “Poltergeist” utilizes the lower and grittier qualities of the guitars, which accompany an intense 7/8 polyrhythmic intro held down by drummer Abe Cunningham”with handclaps that are sure to make this song an interactive crowd favorite.

“Entombed” is a nice change of pace for the album. The feeling of this track can largely be accredited to Frank Delgado’s synth work, which provides a harmonically rich and ambient foundation for an overall uplifting song. When combined with droning delayed guitars and Moreno’s expansive vocals (“Shapes and colors are all I see/Shades of colors are all I feel“), this spacious and electronically grounded track sounds like it could easily be on a Team Sleep album (Moreno’s side project).

The variations between the first half of the album are more or less reflected throughout the second half as well, making for an overall pleasant yet somewhat unmoving experience. The song “Rosemary” contains an interesting dynamic balance between dark intensity and soaring ambience, but the closing track, “What Happened To You?” is the only song on the album that seems to stand out slightly more than the others due to upbeat rhythms by Cunningham and a sort of “bouncy” bassline by Cheng. If Deftones want an honest answer to the question posed by the title of this final track, I would have to say,”nothing.” Nothing happened to me. I enjoyed the album for what it was, but no part of it stuck with me afterward.

Despite some dynamic variations, the whole experience of Koi No Yokan felt very one dimensional. One could argue that, since their formation, Deftones have only gotten better with each album, but this one leads me to believe that they may have finally plateaued. That being said, Koi No Yokan isn’t a bad place to level out. There is nothing overtly groundbreaking about it, but it is still better than a lot of other music coming out these days. I just feel like whatever edge that Diamond Eyes may have had seems to be missing from Koi No Yokan.

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Stream New Deftones Album

Alt-rock band Deftones will be releasing their long-awaited seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan, next week, but you can hear it right now! While it is still inherently and unmistakably a Deftones record, the crew have taken their sound to a whole new level of heavy riff-laden prog-rock that Rolling Stone describes as “adventurously agressive.” If you enjoyed the band’s previous album Diamond Eyes, then prepare yourselves for the powerfully emotive Koi No Yokan, due out Tuesday, November 13th on Reprise Records. Click here to listen now!.

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