Deftones
Koi No Yokan


4.5
superb

Review

by Deadwing42 USER (21 Reviews)
November 12th, 2012 | 21 replies | 2,657 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Colors explode across the spectrum of a new Deftones sound that explores beauty, brutality, and everything in between in a perfectly calculated ratio.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

It begins with a bang- an explosive, propulsive riff that bounces and swings unlike any Deftones riff to come before it. Instead of pummeling the listener with trademark Deftones brutality, opener Swerve City launches the listener –and the band- into the stratosphere, and we are never given a chance to look back. When the verses kick in, Chino’s vocals allow the song to soar, and we are fully introduced to the Deftones of Koi No Yokan, a group as concerned with their own musical evolution and dynamics as ever, but also one that has retooled their style enough to create a sound that reaches beyond anything they have ever done before.

The greatest shift offered by Koi No Yokan is a textural one. Though the duality of Deftones sound has been widely recognized throughout their career (how many people have described the band as “Cure loving metal heads” at this point?), they have never before created an atmosphere as all-encompassing as the one found on their 7th LP. Stephen Carpenter’s chugging, bludgeoning riffs have relinquished their typically dominating control over the music just enough for the rest of the band to shine through in new ways, especially in concerns to the keyboards. From the lush synthesizers found on “Entombed” to the subtle, underlying keys carrying the chorus of “Gauze”, Frank Delgado has imprinted a unique texture on the album that makes his work more apparent than ever before. This prominence, which can be found all throughout the record, is a big part of what holds Koi No Yokan together and makes it the group’s most cohesive album yet. Each track segues excellently into the next, sometimes almost seamlessly, and with every song displaying a consistent level of high quality, it makes for an album that can easily hold a listener’s attention throughout its entirety. From the ingenious attention-absorbing tempo changes of “Romantic Dreams” to the driving aggression of “Poltergeist, to the frantic urgency of “Graphic Nature” to the tension-filled “Tempest” and “Rosemary,” there is hardly a dull moment to be found on Koi No Yokan.

As colors explode across the spectrum of a new Deftones sound that explores beauty, brutality, and everything in between in a perfectly calculated ratio, it feels fully possible that time will reveal this album as the band’s masterpiece. At the very least, it has certainly proven, for the seventh time, that the Deftones are always at least a few steps ahead of their peers. They are always capable and willing to evolve, and for that, they will always remain a vital component of today’s music scene.



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    Eli EMERITUS (2.5)
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TronaldDump
November 11th 2012



476 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, really captures the core essence of this album.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2012



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

your avatar is great Tronald

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TronaldDump
November 11th 2012



476 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

much appreciated

monsterunderthebed
November 11th 2012



2 Comments


I didn't listen to the album but this review brought tears of happiness to my eyes.

PistolPete
November 11th 2012



3591 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, thank you the reviews for this have not been that great (this should be featured)

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YankeeDudel
November 12th 2012



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

we're all on the edge of our seats awaiting your thoughts system take your time bro

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Gyromania
November 12th 2012



15479 Comments


i like the writing here, but i always cringe when i read lines like this:

As colors explode across the spectrum of a new Deftones sound...


also, this hasn't even been released yet and already there's 7 reviews. i really don't get why we need four 4.5 reviews of this.

controlled
November 12th 2012



467 Comments


beautifully written.

album is a bore

ViperAces
November 12th 2012



12394 Comments


KC>Deftones

Puzzles
November 12th 2012



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This album still isn't doing much for me, and I have Diamond Eyes at a 4.5

MichaelSnoxall
November 12th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

WOAH, PUZZLES ISN'T BITCHING ABOUT HOW THIS ISN'T A DECENT REVIE>W?!?!!?!?!?1/1!?1?!


Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012



20767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Colors explode across the spectrum of a new Deftones sound


stopped reading here. sorry bro, i wont neg but like gyro said lines like that make me cringe hard and just by skimming it looks like your review is filled with lines like that lol

DarthMann
November 12th 2012



13815 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

reviews is avg basic math

chambered49
November 12th 2012



1727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nice review

Buzzkillr
November 12th 2012



1541 Comments


>ratio

MichaelSnoxall
November 12th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

also, this hasn't even been released yet and already there's 7 reviews. i really don't get why we need four 4.5 reviews of this.

Album's been out for a few days now, since the first review was written.
http://tinypic.com/r/34xrog2/6

EvoHavok
November 12th 2012



1353 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hah these hyperboles. Aside from that, not bad review at all, but it's becoming redundant after the others.

NightmareCinema16
November 12th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Another album I need to check out.

KjSwantko
November 12th 2012



9276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Snoxall has got this correct; maybe people should review albums that need them???????????????????????????

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012



20767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

snoxalls review for this is prolly the worst review ive ever read..lol



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