Adrenaline (album)

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Studio album by Deftones
Released October 3, 1995
Recorded July–August 1995 at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington[1]
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal,[2] post-hardcore[3]
Length 47:06
Label Maverick,[4] Warner Bros.
(9 46054-2)[1]
Producer Terry Date,[5] Deftones, Ross Robinson[1]
Deftones chronology
(Like) Linus
Around the Fur
Singles from Adrenaline
  1. "7 Words"
    Released: December 17, 1995
  2. "Bored"
    Released: April 4, 1996

Adrenaline is the debut album by alternative metal band Deftones, released in 1995 through Maverick Records. The hidden track on the album, "Fist", was produced by Ross Robinson while the rest of album was produced by Terry Date. "7 Words" and "Bored" were released as singles. The album's cover art depicts a baby aspirator. The song "Engine No. 9" has been covered by Korn, Live, and Suicide Silence and is featured in the film Law Abiding Citizen.[6]


Regarding the recording, Abe Cunningham said, "At the time we did the first record – which I really like and think is good – you can tell the band was really young. We'd been playing most of those songs for quite a while, and we were just so happy to be making a record that we didn't really think a whole lot about making the songs better."[7] Moreno felt that Adrenaline was recorded "really fast"[8] and performed all his vocals live with the band in the room using a hand-held Shure SM58 microphone.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[10]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[2]

Daniel Gioffre stated in the Allmusic review: "Unlike many of their contemporaries, Deftones are very controlled even in the midst of chaos."[10] He added: "Throw Abe Cunningham's surprisingly sophisticated drumming into the mix, and you have a band that possesses a far greater degree of nuance than most others that work in the genre."[10] He also noted that "there is a bit of sameness in Chino Moreno's whispered vocal melodies, which drags the record down a bit."[10]

While the album was initially unsuccessful, extensive touring and word-of-mouth promotion built the band a dedicated fanbase and helped Adrenaline to sell over 220,000 copies.[11] Asked to what he attributed the album's success, Cheng responded, "One word: perseverance. We've been together for almost eight years, on the road for two and we do it with honesty and integrity – and the kids can tell."[12] The album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 1999 in recognition of 500,000 units sold. It was eventually certified platinum on September 23, 2008 in recognition of 1,000,000 units sold.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Deftones. 

No. Title Length
1. "Bored"   4:06
2. "Minus Blindfold"   4:04
3. "One Weak"   4:29
4. "Nosebleed"   4:26
5. "Lifter"   4:43
6. "Root"   3:41
7. "7 Words"   3:43
8. "Birthmark"   4:18
9. "Engine No. 9"   3:25
10. "Fireal"   6:36
11. "Fist" (Hidden Track) 3:35
Total length:


  • Kim Biggs – art direction
  • Victor Bracke – cover photo
  • Julia Carro – additional photography
  • Terry Date – production, recording, mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Rick Kosick – additional photography
  • Ross Robinson – production on the hidden track "Fist"[14]
  • Michelle Shuman – photography
  • Tom Smurdy – second assistant
  • Ulrich Wild – recording

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1996 Top Heatseekers[15] 23
2000 Catalog Albums Chart[16] 46


Country Certification
United Kingdom[17] Silver
United States[13] Platinum


  1. ^ a b c d "Deftones - Adrenaline (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b Weston, Colin (January 13, 2001). "Deftones- Adrenaline". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved January 13, 2001. 
  3. ^ "Concert Review: Deftones". Rochester City Newspaper. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Deftones - Adrenaline (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Deftones Adrenaline review". Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Peiken, Matt. Interview with Abe Cunningham, Modern Drummer, 1997.
  8. ^ Bromley, Adrian. Keeping It Simple, Chart, July, 1998.
  9. ^ Walkling, Dennis. Chillin' with Chino: Deftones get Moody, Circus, June 1998.
  10. ^ a b c d Allmusic Review
  11. ^ Prato, Greg. "Deftones biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  12. ^ Deftones [interview], Guitar World Online – Guitar School, 1997.
  13. ^ a b "RIAA certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  14. ^ Adrenaline (1994) liner notes. Maverick Recording Company.
  15. ^ "Adrenaline - Deftones". Allmusic. 
  16. ^ "Adrenaline - Deftones". Billboard. 
  17. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 


  • Essi Berelian's "Rough Guide to Heavy Metal", p. 95, "This still stands as one of the best examples of nu-metal"