Deftones
Koi No Yokan


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Edwards USER (3 Reviews)
November 10th, 2012 | 62 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deftones shed their superficial skin as an Alt-Metal band and finally show their textures as mature artists.

Let's look at the general perception the music community has had of Deftones since unleashing White Pony. On one hand it was greatly received by both critics and fans alike. It was considered post-modern within its Alt-mall Metal sphere and has aged gracefully while reaching many top ten lists. On the other hand, it has put every subsequent album by the band up to scrutiny against, what many perceive to be, their magnum opus.

Since 2000, with each new album they have been improving. Maybe not always taking a step forward but making the mostly necessary mistakes to grow as a band and further refine the Deftones sound until it reached its logical conclusion. At the time of Diamond Eyes release, they seemed to have reached that conclusion. Still there were many who felt, "yeah it was great, but not a classic like White Pony". I guess they never will escape from that shadow after all.

Enter Koi No Yokan.

Out of the gate we are floored by one of Stephen Carpenter’s most swinging riffs. We Swerve through the City, drunk, barely missing pedestrians and we are having one of the best nights of our lives. Then we catch a speed trap up ahead and our Romantic Dreams seem to have been crushed. As we stop for some munchies at the nearest mart, we realize that we are so drunk that the rhythm of the scenery keeps changing all around us. There is no natural progression from one event to the next. It is startling but also exciting. Then it dawns on us that this night never has to end.

Koi No Yokan is all about dynamics. As we pass through the mysterious yet enticing door found on the cover, we begin the roller coaster ride through space with sounds as wide ranging as soaring choruses, earth-shattering bass breakdowns, brooding rockers, peaceful atmospherics, beautiful ballads, and deceptively simple vocals/lyrics. The best examples of these dynamic sounds are found in “Tempest” and “Rosemary”. The former goes through many familiar styles for the Tones, and if each of them were individual songs they wouldn’t stand out too much among their discography. But the ambition and cohesion of the track alone makes it one of the albums standouts. The best example of the band’s new direction and focus resides in “Rosemary”. It’s an absolutely epic track. It changes moods so sharply, from melancholic instrumental to heavy guitar crunch and everything in between, that a whole album could have been constructed from it.

Crushing brutality, Deftones bread and butter, is best demonstrated by tracks “Leathers” and “Poltergeist”. They might be their most pointed aural attacks since “When Girls Telephone Boys” from Self-Titled. And with “Poltergeist” they somehow get away with using a similar hand-clapping sample also used in a song by an oft-maligned Nu-Metal group (not named here) and do it better in the process. “Graphic Nature” has a sinister guitar vibe that is also weirdly sexual, like some kind of demon-orgy. Both of those vibes are also brought out in Chino Moreno’s vocals within this track. He gives his most down to earth performance on this album, juxtaposing DJ Frank Delgado, who brings the band into outer space with his sampling. Moreno the screamer is fully alive on this record, but it is Moreno the crooner who wins our heart. His performance on "What Happened To You?" is hard to describe. It's other-worldliness is similar to Diamond Eyes closer "This Place is Death". When he sings "We're alive somewhere else" we believe him. This song couldn't possibly have come form our time and place. Special mention should be made of bassist Sergio Vega, who's lines are audible and integral to the aforementioned track. Paragraphs could be written for each song and performer, but Koi No Yokan is best experienced in a single uninterrupted ride, not track-by-track.

Have Deftones finally escaped from the shadow of that large White Pony? Only time will tell if fans will be excepting of calling the 7th release by a 24 year old band their 'defining moment'. One thing is for sure though: Deftones have shed the skin of their past glories and are showing their textures as one of the best rock bands of our generation.


Recommended Tracks:

Swerve City
Romantic Dreams
Graphic Nature
Rosemary
What Happened To You?


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Comments:Add a Comment 
AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

First review. Any constructive feedback would be great. Noticed a lot of people joined just so they could rate this a 5 and rate all other Deftones albums a 1 or 2. Just because I think this is their best album doesn't mean their others are any worse now.

CaptainDooRight
November 9th 2012


29148 Comments


gd jb on first pos

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice first rev but there will be at least 10 user reviews of this by the end of the weekend it'll just get lost mate

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm preparing for the onslaught of negs just because I gave this a 5. Yes I wanted to be the first 5 review since there aren't any yet but I honestly believe it deserves it. There is always gonna be someone who thinks something is overrated.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

5ing this you are more likely to get pos's on here

demigod!
November 9th 2012


44451 Comments


god, people are overrating this. that summary really bugs me.

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks. And I know your right menawati but when I started writing this there wern't any really good reviews of it and then Jeremy Bentham posting his after I started. But this is as good as any a place to start since I've listened to the album about 15 times now lol

demigod!
November 9th 2012


44451 Comments


good review regardless of my comment. pos

AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Do you think for the summary I should take a quote from the review or just give a generic description of the album?

Captain North
November 9th 2012


6787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Everyone loves Romantic Dreams and Graphic Nature, but to me they're the two most boring tracks. I also don't get why people always compare their heavy tracks to When Girls...there is nothing on this album that even comes close to the heaviness of Rats! Or Rocket Skates...

Good first review though mate.

AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

oh thanks

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Try and make the summary descriptive but sort of punchy I spose. Think of it like a newspaper
headline.

AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Everyone loves Romantic Dreams and Graphic Nature, but to me they're the two most boring tracks. I also don't get why people always compare their heavy tracks to When Girls...there is nothing on this album that even comes close to the heaviness of Rats! Or Rocket Skates..."

I haven't seen Graphic Nature mentioned a lot but I think Entombed, the track most noted as favourite, is probably the worst. Still not bad though. I wasn't saying those songs were the heaviest they've done. Just the most efficient and uncompromising in their hardness since Self-titled. Except for the intro to Leathers of course lol.

demigod!
November 9th 2012


44451 Comments


im sorry it wasnt the summary that bothered me, though it could be better. the first line is a little bit silly hyperbolic if you ask me.

Bloodhail
November 9th 2012


1144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty sweet yeah

AdamE
November 9th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Ok, I fixed the summary and opening line. Hope it's a little better.

Youtellme
November 9th 2012


1351 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

" I guess they never will escape that shadow after all."

And it's very likely that that will never change, for one reason and 2 reasons. only 2:

Nostalgia and the hive thinking of "older = better".


Anyway, great review.
I thought a 5 for this wouldn't be able to get a very good review because most people wouldn't be able to "catch it"(if you know what i mean), but you did a great job.

Pos'd.

Curmudgeon5462
November 10th 2012


14 Comments


Good review. That last metaphor is a bit awkward. I haven't rated this just yet, but I think it's probably my favorite since Around the Fur. Loads of that Meshuggah esque riffage. You know, that riff changing gears/drums reversing kinda mindfuck. I love the guitar tone on this album.

renegadestrings
November 10th 2012


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i enjoyed the review, but then the last few sentences popped up seemingly out of nothingness talking about dracula and school, buses. what is this nonsense change it i've beeen dringking soju

KILL
November 10th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

its the aotc duh



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