Deftones' Stephen Carpenter

Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter Discusses His Musical Evolution In New Mini-Documentary, Reveals His Favorite Band Of Thrash Metal’s ‘Big Four’


Stephen Carpenter, guitarist for renowned alternative metal icons Deftones, is the subject of the latest episode of Ernie Ball‘s ‘String Theory‘ mini-documentary series. In the below episode, you can watch him discuss his own musical journey and evolution as well as that of the band’s, while also playing through several of their songs.

Amid the doc, Carpenter also reveals that his favorite thrash metal band out of the so called ‘Big Four’ (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) were not from his native California, but in fact were East Coast heavy hitters, Anthrax. His penchant for the group came in part due to his own inclination towards rhythm guitar rather than lead. He said of that:

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“Of the ‘Big Four’, Anthrax was my favorite. I really did love Metallica of course too. But Anthrax was my favorite. And I really specifically loved Scott Ian as a rhythm player. I had zero desire to play a solo. I just wanted to crunch it up.”

This spring is set to see Deftones return to the road for their rescheduled U.S. tour with Gojira and newly added openers Vowws.

04/14 Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
04/16 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theatre
04/18 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/20 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
04/22 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
04/23 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
04/25 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
04/28 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
04/30 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/02 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
05/03 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
05/06 Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
05/07 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
05/08 Cincinnati, OH – ICON Music Center
05/10 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
05/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
05/13 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
05/14 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
05/15 New York City, NY – Pier 17
05/17 Washington DC – The Anthem
05/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
05/19 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/21 Laval, QC – Place Bell
05/22 Toronto, ON – Echo Beach
05/24 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
05/26 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/27 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
05/28 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory

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