Minerva (song)

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Single by Deftones
from the album Deftones
B-side "Sinatra"
"Sleep Walk"
Released April 29, 2003
Format CD single
Genre Alternative metal, shoegaze
Length 4:17
Label Maverick
(9362 42627 2 5)
Songwriter(s) Stephen Carpenter, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Chino Moreno, Frank Delgado
Deftones singles chronology
"Digital Bath"

"Digital Bath"

"Minerva" is a song by the American band Deftones and the lead single from their self-titled fourth studio album. Despite the album as a whole containing some of the band's heaviest work to date, "Minerva" itself has an uplifting alternative metal sound and has also been described as shoegaze.[1][2][3] In 2016, Consequence of Sound placed "Minerva" at No. 12 in its article "The Top 20 Deftones Songs", with Jon Hadusek claiming that "[in] a way, Deftones brought shoegaze to the alternative metal mainstream with 'Minerva', a crushingly heavy, textured jam indebted to Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins and Hum [...]".[1] The song charted at No. 9 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, No. 16 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[4][5] and No. 15 on the UK Singles Chart.[6]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Minerva," directed by Paul Fedor,[7] is notable for its similarity to Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii concert film.[8] The band is featured playing the song in a desert-like landscape backed by various amplifiers and other stage equipment. It was filmed near the Salton Sea in southern California in 2003, during a sandstorm. The filming process itself was fraught with problems, as the sand caused problems with the recording equipment and lighting setup. The shoot eventually took 22 hours to complete, with Abe Cunningham saying that "[the shoot] sucked" and Chi Cheng calling it "terrible", but conceding that "it [is] a trippy video. I actually like it a lot".[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Minerva" – 4:17 (Deftones)
  2. "Sinatra" – 4:34 (Hamilton - Helmet)
  3. "Sleep Walk" – 2:30 (Farina/Farina)

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Minerva" appeared on the soundtracks for True Crime: Streets of LA and NHL 2004. It was also featured on the soundtrack for the 2005 remake House of Wax.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak


US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 9
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[12] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 15


  1. ^ a b "The Top 20 Deftones Songs". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "The SPIN Interview: Deftones". SPIN. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Gormely, Ian. "Deftones: Beauty and Brutality". Exclaim!. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Deftones". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Deftones". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "UK Singles Top 75 - Music Charts". Navigate to appropriate week. acharts.us. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  7. ^ B-Sides & Rarities liner notes.
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7045624/trivia?ref_=ttfc_ql_trv_1
  9. ^ "DEFTONES: The Stories Behind The Videos". Blabbermouth. 2005-10-04. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  10. ^ http://www.soundtrackinfo.com/title/tracks.asp?houseofwax
  11. ^ "Deftones Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Deftones Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Deftones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 7, 2017.

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