11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With bass player Chi Cheng still in a coma from a 2008 car accident, Deftones enlisted help from Sergio Vega (formerly of post-hardcore band Quicksand) for their sixth album Diamond Eyes. And now with 2012’s Koi No Yokan their seventh studio LP, Vega has contributed more to the band’s sound. This results in an album that’s noticeably more dynamic than preceding recordings. The Japanese titled Koi No Yokan (which translates to "Anticipation of Love") opens with “Swerve City,” a barrage of pummeling sludge-metal that’s instantly disarmed by Chino Moreno’s breathy, melodic singing. “Romantic Dreams” follows with cascading walls of guitar distortion that briefly recall Siamese Dreams era Smashing Pumpkins, save for Moreno’s vocals howling elongated vowels here to sound more like Ozzy than Billy Corgan. Standout single “Leathers” delves deeper into the band’s penchant for contrasting gossamer soundscapes with sonic temper-tantrums. After some ambient panorama the band explode like a volcanic avalanche. “Tempest” makes good on its title with a six-minute plus song that gradually builds on ascending layers of guitar distortion and harmonious melodies like a gradually violent windstorm.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

With bass player Chi Cheng still in a coma from a 2008 car accident, Deftones enlisted help from Sergio Vega (formerly of post-hardcore band Quicksand) for their sixth album Diamond Eyes. And now with 2012’s Koi No Yokan their seventh studio LP, Vega has contributed more to the band’s sound. This results in an album that’s noticeably more dynamic than preceding recordings. The Japanese titled Koi No Yokan (which translates to "Anticipation of Love") opens with “Swerve City,” a barrage of pummeling sludge-metal that’s instantly disarmed by Chino Moreno’s breathy, melodic singing. “Romantic Dreams” follows with cascading walls of guitar distortion that briefly recall Siamese Dreams era Smashing Pumpkins, save for Moreno’s vocals howling elongated vowels here to sound more like Ozzy than Billy Corgan. Standout single “Leathers” delves deeper into the band’s penchant for contrasting gossamer soundscapes with sonic temper-tantrums. After some ambient panorama the band explode like a volcanic avalanche. “Tempest” makes good on its title with a six-minute plus song that gradually builds on ascending layers of guitar distortion and harmonious melodies like a gradually violent windstorm.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

JeremiahParlette ,

Arguably their best to date

Deftones once again proves the point that progression isn't selling out. Diamond Eyes was wonderful. Koi No Ko Yokan. All I can say is that I've been listening to it for the last three days.
Top TRACKS(In my opinion)
Rosemary
Entombed
What Happened to You?
Poltergeist

gweetowolff ,

Just love it

It didn't even come out yet and I already love it!!! LOVE Leathers LOVE Tempest!!!! This album can't drop soon enough!!!

DamienRose ,

Lone Survivor

At this point in time, it's safe to say that Deftones are truly the only band to survive the "nu metal" era. Deftones never really fell into this, or any other category for that matter, though. Each album is filled with passion, creativity, and a sound that is unique to this band. Koi No Yokan is another highly impressive installment demonstrating a more straightforward, yet still slightly experimental hard rock sound. Chino's voice still sounds incredible, perhaps even better than before. Songs like "Swerve City" and "Tempest" are pretty catchy. "Leathers" and "Poltergeist" prove you don't need non-stop double bass to make a cool heavy track. Also, the ambience in "Rosemary" and "Entombed" makes for a pretty unique, complete album experience. Hard rock fans everywhere should rejoice that Deftones are still making music & that they're still performing at such a high level. Deftones' music will stand the test of time and be perhaps the only hard rock band from this generation to be mentioned in the company of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and many other longstanding fan favorites.

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