Deftones’ second album, Around the Fur, was recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle, Washington and produced by Terry Date. Released on October 26, 1997, the album included a collaboration with singer Max Cavalera (of Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy) on “Headup”, a tribute to Cavalera’s late stepson Dana Wells, to whom the album was also dedicated.Although not yet a member of the band, Delgado is credited as “audio” on five of the album’s tracks and Cunningham’s wife, Annalynn, provides guest vocals on “MX”.”When we went in to make this record, we really didn’t have a set idea of what we wanted to come out with,” said Moreno in a 1998 interview with Chart magazine. However, he felt that the album “fell into place” once the band had settled into the studio.The band expanded its sound, spending more time with Terry Date, and giving more thought to the album’s production. Cunningham varied his drum sound and experimented by using different types of snare drum on almost every track.The album was praised for its loud-soft dynamics, the flow of the tracks, Moreno’s unusual vocals and the strong rhythm-section grooves created by Cheng and Cunningham.Stephen Thomas Erlewine’s review noted that “while they don’t have catchy riffs or a fully developed sound, Around the Fur suggests they’re about to come into their own.”
The album was highly anticipated and propelled the band to fame in the alternative metal scene on the strength of radio and MTV airplay for the singles “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”.Around the Fur sold 43,000 copies in its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at number 29 (its peak position), remaining on the charts for 17 weeks.The band went back to touring, making appearances at the Warped Tour (in the United States, New Zealand and Australia), Pinkpop Festival, Roskilde Festival and Ozzfest as well as releasing a live EP on June 22, 1999. Around the Fur went on to reach RIAA gold status on June 24, 1999.”My Own Summer (Shove It)” appeared on The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture, released March 30, 1999.
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