- Category : Singer - Popular
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 2
- Birth Year: 1973
- Birthday: 20. June
- Birthplace: Sacramento, USA - California
- Category: Singer - Popular
- Profile: 2-4
- Type: Emotional Manifesting Generator
- Inc.Cross: The Vessel of Love 2
- Definition: Single
- Variables: BRL-MRL
- 1034 Exploration
- 3536 Transistoriness
- 3041 Recognition
- 1057 Perfected Form
- 0952 Concentration
- 3457 Power
Chino Moreno (born Camilo Wong Moreno; June 20, 1973) is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones. He is also a member of the side-project groups Team Sleep, Crosses, and Palms.
Moreno is well known for his distinctive screams, as well as his soothing tenor voice while singing melodically. In 2007, he was placed at number 51 in Hit Parader's "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time".
Moreno was born in Sacramento, California to a Spanish-Mexican father and a Spanish/Chinese mother; the latter being the origin of his nickname Chino, which means "Chinese" in Spanish. He is the second of five children. He attended McClatchy High School in Sacramento, where he met Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter, with whom he founded Deftones in 1988. Before becoming a professional musician, Moreno had a day job at Tower Records' shipping department.
With his high-school friends Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter, Moreno started jamming in Carpenter's garage regularly circa 1988. After Chi Cheng joined the three, Deftones was formed. The group later managed to get a recording contract at Maverick Records. Their first commercially released album was Adrenaline, in 1995. It peaked at number 23 in the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, its success attributable to word-of-mouth and rigorous touring and live performance. 1997's Around the Fur was far more successful, peaking at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and in 29th position on Billboard 200. It was also their first international success, entering the British charts for the first time and peaking in 56th position. The album provided their first ever charting singles, "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)".
White Pony was released in 2000 to critical acclaim and unprecedented commercial success, peaking in third position in the US. Singles "Change (In the House of Flies)" and "Digital Bath" supported the album's release. A single entitled "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" was released as a rap-influenced reinterpretation of White Pony's closing track, "Pink Maggit". While commercially successful and a fan favourite, the band have vociferously objected to its publication. White Pony was subsequently re-released with "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" as the album's opening track. From White Pony onwards, Moreno has been credited as contributing guitar in addition to vocals.
The eponymous Deftones was released in 2003, charting in second position in the US, and garnering widespread international success. B-Sides & Rarities saw release in 2005, bringing together unreleased and obscure material accrued since 1995. 2006's Saturday Night Wrist, completed after a protracted and tumultuous recording process, reached number ten in the US. "Hole in the Earth" charted in eighteenth spot, while "Mein" only reached number 40 in Mainstream Rock Tracks. Moreno claimed that the album is more of a compromise between all of the members' influences, ranging from their brutal and brooding heavy signature seen on Adrenaline and Around the Fur to the more experimental sound heard on White Pony and Deftones.
The band's sixth album, Diamond Eyes, was released on May 4, 2010. It saw the release of the popular singles "Rocket Skates", "You've Seen the Butcher" and "Diamond Eyes". In November 2012, Deftones released their seventh studio album, titled Koi No Yokan.
During the making of Deftones' White Pony, Moreno began work on a side project, Team Sleep. The group released their self-titled debut album in May 2005.
In March 2011, Moreno stated to be working on a new side project known as Crosses, featuring Far guitarist Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom. Moreno described the project as "minimal and soothing, and it's sort of like the stuff I like listening to when I'm not screaming my head off." Their debut self-titled EP was released on August 2, 2011. EP 2 appeared the next year.
In April 2012 it was announced that Moreno had joined former Isis members, in a side project by the name of Palms. Their first album is confirmed to be released on June 25, 2013.
Moreno has also made a number of guest appearances on numerous younger groups' songs, such as "Bender" by Sevendust, "Paralytic" by Dead Poetic, "Vengeance Is Mine" by Droid, "Caviar" by Dance Gavin Dance, "Surrender Your Sons" by Norma Jean, and "Reprogrammed to Hate" by Whitechapel. In 2009, Moreno recorded a song with 30 Seconds to Mars to appear on their album This Is War, but was not finished. On May 2, 2010, he performed "The Kill" with 30 Seconds to Mars.
Style and influences
In relation to Moreno's often ambiguous yet image-heavy poetic lyrics, he quotes: "Sometimes my lyrics don't deal with specific topics. I write down on paper the feelings of the moment, it's not easy to explain the contents of the lyrics or give a logical sense to the words. What I write is also a reaction to the music we make, so the Deftones' sound is not pop, it doesn't communicate happy feelings. Paradoxically my favorite songs of the album talk about love, in a clearly different view." Despite this, Moreno has been known to write songs about social issues such as racism, prostitution, urban violence, and drugs. However, even these songs can be rather vague and cryptic.
Moreno's influences include such bands as The Cure, Bad Brains, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Duran Duran, The Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, Helmet, Jawbox, Faith No More, Hum, Kool Keith, Alice in Chains, Tool, Jane's Addiction and Weezer.
In 2001, Moreno developed a throat injury due to heavy screaming and was forced to miss at least four shows. He suffered inflammation on his right vocal cord and partial paralysis of the left vocal cord. During the rest of their supporting tour, Chi Cheng took over vocal duties that required screaming while Moreno sang the softer melodies of the lyrics, despite recommendations by doctors to hold off from singing to allow time for recovery as well as rumors that the band would be cancelling the remaining stretch of the tour with Godsmack and Puddle of Mudd.