Published on 17 May 2021 at 16:30

With cinematic flair, Deftones premiere their new video for latest single "Ceremony" directed by Leigh Whannell, writer and director of Upgrade and the 2020 blockbuster The Invisible Man.


“When Leigh tweeted that he was a fan, we immediately thought it would be cool to collaborate with him given the chance. We’re fans of his as well, so it made sense that we should reach out. One moment we’re DM’ing each other on Twitter, and the next we’re on set making Ceremony. This has always been the best way for us to collaborate: organically, collaboratively and in this case, expeditiously. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we had making it.” – Chino Moreno (Lead Vocalist). 


“I’ve been a huge Deftones fan for over twenty years and have always admired the devotion they have dedicated to every aspect of their art - from music videos to album covers to their cryptic and intriguing lyrics. To get a chance to be a part of that art was a dream come true.” - Leigh Whannell


Continuing to set a precedent for progression, Deftones led a prolific 2020. Ohms marked their fourth Top 5 debut and sixth Top 10 debut and was recognized on year-end lists from NME, The Los Angeles Times, SPIN, VULTURE, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Kerrang!, REVOLVER and Metal Hammer where it claimed #1. The band also marked the 20th anniversary of their seminal White Pony album with a companion disc of remixes and reimaginations entitled Black Stallion and featuring contributions from The Cure’s Robert Smith, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, DJ Shadow, and more.

Formed in Sacramento, CA, in 1988, the multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning Deftones are an influential alternative presence with 10 million records sold worldwide as of 2020. The quintet’s career spans three platinum albums - Adrenaline, Around The Fur, and White Pony - as well as a 2001 GRAMMY® Award, a gold album Deftones, and countless critical plaudits. Following the success of Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan, Gore landed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016, moving over 71K units first week and marking their highest chart position in 13 years. Not to mention, they curated, launched, presented, and headlined their own festival, Dia De Los Deftones, in 2018. Selling out both instalments to date, the eclectic lineups hosted everyone from Future and CHVRCHES to Gojira and Megan Thee Stallion. In 2020, Deftones continued their trailblazing arc as an alternative leader with their ninth full-length album, Ohms, registering the group’s fourth career Top 5 US debut upon release. On its heels, they came full circle with a thrilling complete album remix of White Pony entitled Black Stallion.

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📸 by Frank Maddocks

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