White Pony

White Pony
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 2000
RecordedAugust–December 1999
Studio
Genre
Length48:52
LabelMaverick
Producer
Deftones chronology
Live
(1998)
White Pony
(2000)
Back to School (Mini Maggit)
(2001)
Singles from White Pony
  1. "Change (In the House of Flies)"
    Released: May 20, 2000
  2. "Digital Bath"
    Released: 2001 (promotional)
Alternative covers
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Re-release cover
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Limited edition cover

White Pony is the third studio album by American alternative metal band Deftones, released on June 20, 2000 by Maverick Records. It marked a significant growth in the band's sound and is considered a turning point in their history in terms of experimentation, employing an increasingly experimental rock sound and incorporating influences from new wave, dream pop, trip hop, shoegaze, and post-rock into the alternative metal sound they had become known for.[1][2] White Pony was also the first album to feature Frank Delgado as a full-time member of the band on turntables and synthesizer; Delgado had previously worked with the band as a featured guest on Around the Fur (1997) and Adrenaline (1995), producing sound effects on some songs. It was the also the first Deftones record on which Chino Moreno began to contribute rhythm guitar parts.

Upon its release and retrospectively, the album was met with critical acclaim, and is generally regarded by fans and critics alike as one of their most mature outings up to that point.[3][4][5][6] White Pony is Deftones' highest-selling album to date, and was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 17, 2002. The album includes three successful singles ("Change (In the House of Flies)", "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" and "Digital Bath") as well as the 2001 Grammy Award-winning track for Best Metal Performance, "Elite".

Background and recording

After a break from touring, the band spent four months in the studio writing and recording White Pony with producer Terry Date, the longest amount of time they had dedicated to an album thus far.[7] Frontman Chino Moreno explained that the majority of this time was spent trying to write songs, and that the writing of "Change (In the House of Flies)" was the turning point where the band began working as a unit.[7]

Despite being pressured to release the album sooner, the band decided to take their time making the album. Bassist Chi Cheng explained, "We didn't feel like we had anything to lose, so we made the record we wanted to make." Moreno did not have an overall lyrical theme in mind, but made a conscious decision to bring an element of fantasy into his lyrics, explaining, "I basically didn’t sing about myself on this record. I made up a lot of story lines and some dialogue, even. I took myself completely out of it and wrote about other things. Once I did that I was able to sing about anything I wanted to, I could be a lot more general. There’s a lot of stuff on this record that people are going to question me about, and I can just remove myself from it. It’s not me. I’m writing a story here."[7]

Although the band initially did not intend to include guest musicians on the album,[7] it featured additional vocals by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) on "Passenger" and Rodleen Getsic on "Knife Prty".

The album's lyrics were included in the CD booklet, with explicit language noted with phonetically similar words. For example, on "Street Carp", the lyric "Now take it home and fuck with it" was written as "Now take it home and have fun with it".

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