Deftones The Deftones, デフトーンズDeftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1988. They have released eight albums to date, with two Platinum (Adrenaline, White Pony) and two Gold certifications (Around the Fur, Deftones). The band consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). Since 2009, Sergio Vega has been standing in on bass while founding bassist Chi Cheng remained in a "partially conscious state" following a car accident. Chi passed away on April 13, 2013.