The success of Diamond Eyes, the fifth album by Deftones, has no doubt been a bittersweet experience for the band. In 2009 the group decided to put an album's worth of material on ice after bass player Chi Cheng was involved in a serious car crash that left him in a coma.
Deftones picked up their touring schedule by drafting in Sergio Vega, formerly of Quicksand, and heading back into the studio for an album largely free of sonic manipulation and extensive studio tinkering, trademarks since earlier efforts like 2000's White Pony. The resulting record picked up generous praise from both critics and fans, as Last.fm listeners catapulted the album's title track straight to the top of the band's chart, earning a colossal 570,000 scrobbles. Lead single 'Rocket Skates', a rumbling heavyweight slab of alt.rock in the vein of Around The Fur-era Deftones, also got your attention, nudging up to seventh place on their chart.
While the band hope to eventually release the postponed album, entitled Eros, Chi Cheng remains in a semi-conscious state. Deftones are gigging around the world until the end of January 2011, including a number of massive shows as part of Australia's Big Day Out.
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There were 4 146 058 Deftones tracks scrobbled this year.
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16 974 people on Last.fm saw Deftones in 2010, at 142 gigs, in 19 countries
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