Deftones is an American alternative metal band that formed in the late 1980s and made its major label debut in 1995 with “Adrenaline.” The band’s biggest breakthrough came in 2000 with the summer release of “White Pony,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. In all, the band released six albums from 1995 to 2006, and headlined various tours across North America.

After beginning work on the band’s seventh album, bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a severe car accident in November 2008 that left him in a coma. While Cheng was originally expected to recover according to a doctor’s assessment made after the first 72 hours following his accident, he remains in a “minimally-conscious state” due to several health setbacks and infections. The band announced that it would resume recording and touring with a replacement, though Deftones remain actively involved in a charity maintained by Cheng’s family that helps pay for the musician’s ongoing medical treatment.