Deftones - Chi Cheng's Legacy Lives On In Deftones Of 2013

With the death of Deftones original bassist Chi Cheng goes the departure of perhaps one of the more unassuming but quietly pivotal bassists of the past two decades or so.

Deftones influence didn’t always lend itself to worthy disciples - with the likes of Limp Bizkit and the nu-metal movement completely failing to grasp the subtlety and intelligence behind the great slabs of noise that made up Deftones’ 1997’s breakthrough album ‘Around The Fur,’ looking even more rudimentary as the group furthered themselves from the field with 2000’s seminal ‘White Pony’- but with Cheng in charge of the lo-end the group set about producing a run of records between Around The Fur and 2003’s Deftones that have arguably been unsurpassed by any other heavy rock group then or since.

Cheng’s bass lines were key in White Pony in particular, featuring a diversity that meant they often the bed rock whether contributing to the furiously thrashing ‘Elite’ or playing with the space and silence as much as the noise on the quiet-loud builds of ‘Digital Bath’ and ‘Change (In The House Of Flies)’. Live he was again an assured if un-showy presence, the group at their ferocious peak with him on board. It was in 2008 that Cheng was involved in a serious car accident, which put him in the tragically irreversible coma, but he’s never been forgotten even as Deftones brought in another bassist. It’s perhaps a dark irony that last year’s Koi No Yokan is perhaps the best album the band have recorded since White Pony, but it’s also turned out to be a fitting tribute to a musician who set them on the path to what they are today – one of the few untouchable acts left in rock music.

Deftones
Chino Moreno has led the tributes to his late band mate Chi Cheng


Contactmusic

Tags: Deftones


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Fairytales Come to Life in the First Trailer for Disney's Into The Woods

Cinemas are set to get a whole lot more magical this winter with the...

Fairytales Come to Life in the First Trailer for Disney's Into The Woods

Chadwick Boseman Faced A Challenge With James Brown Portrayal, Will He Reap The Benefits Come Awards Season?

The reviews are in – Chadwick Boseman makes a star turn as James Brown...

Chadwick Boseman Faced A Challenge With James Brown Portrayal, Will He Reap The Benefits Come Awards Season?

Lorde Given Complete Control Over New 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

More great news for fans of the Hunger Games films! Following the recent...

Lorde Given Complete Control Over New 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

Is Jamie Foxx About to Play Mike Tyson?

According to Variety, Jamie Foxx is to star as Kid Dynamite himself...

Is Jamie Foxx About to Play Mike Tyson?

Vin Diesel Sings Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

During the seemingly never-ending Guardians of the Galaxy press tour, Diesel took a moment...

Vin Diesel Sings Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

Horns - International Trailer

Following the vicious rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig Perrish goes on a grief-ridden...

Horns Trailer
Advertisement

Stephen Colbert Explains Orlando Bloom vs Justin Bieber Fight, Hilarity Ensues

Can't make sense of the latest fued to hit Hollywood? Well, never fear...

Stephen Colbert Explains Orlando Bloom vs Justin Bieber Fight, Hilarity Ensues

"Sharknado 2: The Second One" Causes Full-Scale Tweetnado

Today in “how is this even happening” news, Sharknado 2 made a killing with its ratings...

Tara Reid -

Behaving Badly Review

For a comedy that so desperately wants to be rude and sexy, this movie is remarkably timid. It does a great...

Behaving Badly Movie Review


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Deftones Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Deftones

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All