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When: Mon., June 13, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $33-$42.50

Few genres were as tragic as "nü metal" in the late-Nineties, which not only used an umlaut earnestly but also fused together the most obnoxious elements of rap and metal. Deftones tended to get lumped into the trend (despite the absence of rapping), but it turned out the Sacramento band had far more longevity than that fad. Formed in the late-1980s by a group of childhood friends, Deftonescoalesced the drop-tuned, rhythmic, mosh-pit riffing of bands like Metallica and Meshuggah with bass-heaviness and emo-ish quiet/loud screaming. When those elements gelled with singer Chino Moreno's fondness for new wave, it resulted in the band's third and mega-successful 2000 album, White Pony, which won a Grammy. Deftones stumbled in the next few years, however. Then, in 2008, bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a severe car accident, leaving him in a semi-conscious state. The band shelved the album it had been working on, recruited bassist Sergio Vega (of Quicksand), and wrote Diamond Eyes. Released last year, it's an impressive demonstration of Deftones' continued relevance, and also a testament to the members' ability to overcome extreme odds. They're as emo as ever. The band plays Monday, June 13, at The Warfield (982 Market St., San Francisco). 7:30 p.m., $33-$42.50.

— Kathleen Richards


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