Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. It was formed in 1988 by Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums) and Dominic Garcia (bass). During their first five years, the band's lineup changed several times, but stabilized in 1993 when Cunningham rejoined after his departure in 1990; by this time, Chi Cheng was bassist.
The lineup remained stable for fifteen years, with the exception of keyboardist and turntablist Frank Delgado being added in 1999, and Sergio Vega joining in place of Chi Cheng, who sadly passed away on 2013 after a long coma caused by an involvement in a car crash. The band is known as one of the most experimental groups to have come from the alternative metal scene, and are sometimes dubbed by critics as "the Radiohead of metal".