Deftones
Koi No Yokan


2.0
poor

Review

by stalinrules USER (5 Reviews)
December 19th, 2012 | 209 replies | 6,339 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Introducing: 2012's most overrated album.

8 of 31 thought this review was well written

Deftones Koi No Yokan has garnered so much attention on Sputnik and in the music community in general recently it is unreal. Released two months ago to a large amount of critical acclaim, being heralded as the band's best release since White Pony if not their best, it has to be said that this statement is entirely unfounded. What we hear when we first listen to this album is nothing more than the poster child of an overrated, overhyped album that falls flat on its nose when it can not stand up against the pressure of trying to live up to what people have come to expect from it. Deftones have never produced the most diverse, musically interesting of releases out there but Koi No Yokan takes a minimalistic approach and then cuts the variety and generally interesting moments in two. Where we at least had a listenable release with something such as their self titled album, saturday night wrist or white pony, here we have a snooze fest on an unnameable scale. This album plods along at a slow, uninteresting pace and remains dull for its duration.

Chino's vocals nearly saved this release as this is his strongest performance to date. He uses his clean vocal range for the most part which is a saving grace as his harsh vocals have never been strong to say the least. His voice on this album is as good as can be found, with an element of desperation and also conviction in the tones he takes. On Leathers he attempts to shift it up and use his harsher vocals but it really does not work and this song has not got enough going on to make it stand out. The guitar work on here uses the same style of ultra down tuned riffs and slow tempos throughout and it is not done interestingly with any form of enjoyable musicianship to be found. Instead what we have is more and more of the same across each of the albums songs and every time it fails to hold the listeners interest. The keyboards are nowhere near to being a saving grace as they are not integrated properly into the music. Instead it sounds as though most of the band wanted to use the guitars as the driving force, and Frank Delgado argued and tried to do things his own way and as such nothing slots together properly. Instead it sounds disjointed throughout. The keyboards on their own may have been good as they do at least have some sense of rhythm and a little diversity to them but just don't fit with this album/

This is not a down right terrible album, but more an album that has fell victim to being overhyped to a ridiculous degree and is, as such, a complete disappointment. Were there more going off with the musicianship then perhaps it would be more listenable but every song sounds exactly the same. it has the annoying electronic sounds dilly-dallying round throughout and the same chugging riffs all the way through that over-use open strings in ways that would make even Korn blush. Chino's vocals are a salvation of forms but not enough of one, and this stands out as 2012's most overrated album.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Yotimi
December 19th 2012



6442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh man

BigRedSofa
December 19th 2012



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Reading this has completely ruined my day. If this review is any indication of the average user's
intelligence I may just delete my account. Also, I find it amusing the reviewer gave Slipknot a 5
rating.

KILL
December 19th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

great review wow!

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

ViperAces
December 19th 2012



12376 Comments


skele?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



13529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This needed another review.

Digging: Krusseldorf - Fractal World

ViperAces
December 19th 2012



12376 Comments


^^^
also in flame's whoracle and wintersun's time i, get on that shit jac!!

BigRedSofa
December 19th 2012



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed another review like Attack Attack needed to make another album

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



13529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Viper please, I was only beaten to the Time I review by Crysis. Also my Whoracle review was just a reflection of my fanboyisms.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



13529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, no, I'm as pooper peeved as ever that there's another review of this.

BigRedSofa
December 19th 2012



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

According to Viper, anyone who listens to Deftones and Blink 182 is a homosexual. Sounds like someone has a complex.

ViperAces
December 19th 2012



12376 Comments


actually this band seems interesting, what is their greatest album?

BigRedSofa
December 19th 2012



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You havent heard their music and yet you are bashing it...makes perfect sense.

BigRedSofa
December 19th 2012



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmm

Well said

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



13529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"what is their greatest album?"

White Pony, easily.

ViperAces
December 19th 2012



12376 Comments


"White Pony, easily."
great, ill make sure to avoid it

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



13529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

chambered49
December 19th 2012



1727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol wp is their best

BigRedSofa
December 19th 2012



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What an idiot

ViperAces
December 19th 2012



12376 Comments


im dl'ing it, but i honestly doubt ill like it
dont like any post 00's metal

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



13529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You sometimes seem like a cool guy Viper, but I can think of no person I'd want to avoid more than a 15 year old who listens exclusively to pre-1990 rock/metal short of somebody who craps in their hands and throws it at people.



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