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Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter Reveals His Favorite Band from Thrash’s Big Four


Most of the time, when we write about Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter, it’s about how he believes the earth is flat, or that vaccines are full of sea monkeys, or that 9/11 literally never happened, or one of his other whacky worldviews (we’d watch that show, for the record — Stephen Carpenter’s Whacky Worldviews). That said, in a new mini-documentary about his musical journey and influences, Stephen opened up about bands he likes — including who his favorite band is from thrash’s Big Four.

In a new episode of Ernie Ball’s String Theory webseries, Stephen revealed a pretty uncommon take for his favorite Big 4 act:

“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.”

Cool! Not a lot of people pick Anthrax, and we wouldn’t have pegged Stephen as the kind of guy who would, simply because we don’t hear Deftones and think, Oh, these guys obviously blast “Indians” on repeat. Kudos!

You can watch the whole thing below. Catch Deftones hopefully covering “In My World” at one of the following dates:

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 (new show)
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 (new show)
05/08 Cincinnati, OH – ICON Music Center (new show)
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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