Deftones
Koi No Yokan


4.5
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Review

by MezoIsMusic USER (6 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Koi No Yokan” is a truly beautiful Japanese concept that is untranslatable. It is the knowledge one has that he/she is going to fall in love with another person.....Or fall in love with another Deftones Album. Read my track-by-track review and visit

“The songs are very different from each other, not heavier or slower, but more dynamic, going towards several directions, it’s heavy, but beautiful.” –Chino Moreno

Koi No Yokan is the seventh studio album by the Deftones. Wondering what this album title means? According to many sources, “Koi No Yokan” is a truly beautiful Japanese concept that is untranslatable. It is the knowledge one has that he/she is going to fall in love with another person. This differs from the idea “love at first sight” in that it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, rather it refers to the knowledge that a future love is inevitable.

With that said, when writing my album reviews, I detach myself from the artist’s previous work. Each album is its own entity. For example, when you watch a sporting event, do you prefer to focus on the current game or last year’s performance? Exactly. What’s relevant is NOW. In order for me to write a non-bias review, I listen to every album as if I were a cave man who just discovered a CD player. And in that CD player was Koi No Yokan.

Let me go track-by-track for you.

1. Swerve City: Great album intro. This song has a disciplined melody and moves your cranium like that of a bobble-head. About 1:42 in, we hear a guitar tone from Stephen Carpenter that is so spacey, so extraterrestrial, and so inhumane that you can only sit back and embrace it. 4.5/5

2. Romantic Dreams: Interesting intro. I don’t particularly like it but once Chino Moreno’s singing/screaming begins, you’ll be taken right back to that recognizable Deftones sound. This song is good. Nothing that blows me away but nothing that makes it intolerable. 3/5

3. Leathers: Oh Baby! This is the song we’ve been waiting for. Leathers in my opinion is the best song on the record. Leathers starts off like the calm before a storm. It is very dreary until 0:40. Then BOOM! The storm begins. It’s Hurricane Katrina. It’s Hurricane Sandy. No…Wait..It’s Hurricane Koi No Yokan. This chorus is absolutely amazing! I selected Koi No Yokan as the album of the week right after I heard this song. 5/5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPO81Fz4s2g (Link to Leather's video)

4. Poltergeist: A clap meets a snare drum meets a dirty ass bass from Sergio Vega to start. Such smooth vocals for such a rough song. This one is loud and is not intended for children 13 and under. *** sounds like napalm. 4/5

5. Entombed: Guitarists let us rejoice and thank Carpenter. This is the song we will be learning tabs for. A classic Deftones song that just makes sense. Each instrument fits in the pocket perfectly. This song sounds like the best band practice you’ve ever had. 4/5

6. Graphic Nature: Graphic Nature begins with an experimental drumbeat from Abe Cunningham. This attention-grabbing drumbeat essentially drives the entire song and sets the psychedelic atmosphere for the next 4 minutes and 31 seconds. Another standout song. 4.5/5

7. Tempest: The second (possibly the first) best song on Koi No Yokan. If one track could summarize this album it would be “Tempest.” Chino tenderly serenades his listeners atop a droning electronic melody from Frank Delgado. Until about the 1-minute mark when the drums and the distortedly aggressive guitar and bass enter. This song is completely dynamic. At times it sounds like the best Tool song you’ve ever heard. 5/5

8. Gauze: Gauze will be the most underrated song on Koi No Yokan. This is a seamlessly crafted and intelligent song; something that is always refreshing to listen to. When a band attempts to cross a boundary and succeeds in doing so, it always tickles my fancy. Gauze like Chino said above “it’s heavy, it’s beautiful”. 5/5

9. Rosemary: Rosemary sounds like a dormant volcano. Mount Vesuvius right before it erupted and Pompeii was destroyed forever. The delayed guitar and distorted bass build an insane amount of tension. When will the volcano erupt? Listen to Rosemary to find out. Enjoy the diversity of this song. 4/5

10. Goon Squad: After reviewing Koi No Yokan’s tracklisting, I immediately wanted to listen to this song. Sergio Vega’s bass guitar is like a locomotive train destroying everything in its path. A very intricate song, Goon Squad will satisfy everyone musically but others will be left feeling impartial about the sometimes-lifeless chorus. 3/5

11. What Happened To You: What Happened To You begins like a hip-hop song. Easily the most experimental song on the album thanks to Abe Cunningham on the drums and Vega on the bass, this is another personal favorite. 5/5

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Comments:Add a Comment 
AdamE
November 13th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Seeing as their are a lot of similar reviews for this, a track-by-track seems like a decent idea to spice things up. But you ended up saying many things that have already been said, and done better. The metaphors about hurricanes and volcanoes didn't work and you didn't have to point out twice that you were about to do a track-by-track review, especially in the summary. Some of the song descriptions weren't bad tho. Sorry but even though it's your 2nd review im gonna have to give you a neg. Hopefully using my feedback and that of others which will surely come you can do a few revisions. Good luck on future reviews!

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

LeviofDoom
November 13th 2012


327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A track by track is a nice mix up, but I found the review itself relatively bland and occasionally repetitive. also, it seems as if you tried to force in too many literary devices for your own good. I'm not gonna neg ya but I'm not gonna pos you either. good luck!

omnipanzer
November 14th 2012


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So this is good?

Digging: We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling

Cygnatti
November 14th 2012


21353 Comments


probs not that good

MO
November 14th 2012


18867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's ok omni, like a high 3

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, album rules

omnipanzer
November 14th 2012


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So... damn

Like SNW level MO?

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is like everything good about SNW x 2

Maniac!
November 14th 2012


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shut up, Michael

MO
November 14th 2012


18867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea they're about even I'd say SNW edges it out

give it a spin though brodawg, it just didn't really hit me as hard as say diamond eyes or WP on first listen

Maniac!
November 14th 2012


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DIAMOND EYES HITS LIKE A 3 YEAR OLD THROWING A PLUSH DOLL

VermicideReloadead
November 14th 2012


1433 Comments


Tempest is pure gold

omnipanzer
November 14th 2012


21621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha Brando


I'll see if I can find it tonight, for sampling purposes of course.

MO
November 14th 2012


18867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell i'm sure the whole thing is on youtube by now ;)

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

but yeah, Koi No Yokan's a solid 4.5

Youtellme
November 14th 2012


1351 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

4.5 catched up to 5 FUCK I better make those alts quick~

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

wil311, you make people look bad. Stop. You are a bad person. Stop making people look bad. Go make fuckin' eels looks bad or something, jackass.

MO
November 14th 2012


18867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Everything has to be metal or else its garbage in their opinion. Oh
well, let the narrow minded fools listen to Metallica records."

you better check into a clinic cause that's full on retarded!

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Told you, wil311 makes people as a whole look bad. You are everything wrong with the world.

MO
November 14th 2012


18867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as if the tom cruise avatar wasn't a dead giveaway



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