Koi No Yokan



by Nick Mongiardo USER (135 Reviews)
September 24th, 2014 | 72 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Chapter VII: No Limits

It's truly amazing how simple changes could make things turn out the way that they do and in retrospective, this band is a firm example of this concept. Deftones’ discography has certainly been one hell of a dynamic thrill ride with them starting out as a standard nu metal band, but soon evolving into something staggeringly more meaningful and influential overtime. They had the guts to never stay in the shade, reach for the sky and use a wide variety of styles to develop into the Deftones that everyone knows and loves nowadays. The band as a whole also exhibits how there truly are no limits. Easily showcasing their never ending musicianship and talent, the band developed what the listener heard on Diamond Eyes even more and utilized a full-fledged post metal style of music with their usual little touches of shoegaze thrown into the mix. Granted, Diamond Eyes was a bit more consistent and there exists a few stumbles on Koi No Yokan, their seventh studio album further exhibits the band’s talent and it once again provides reasons why many bands establish Deftones as an influence to their music. Rest assured, Koi No Yokan proves to be Deftones’ most epic release to date.

Over the course of the album, the band expands upon the style heard on Diamond Eyes even more while at the same time adding a more layered touch to it that proves to be nothing short of heavy and epic. Take “Leathers” for example with it starting out ever so quietly, but then explodes into a fiery sea of hard hitting guitar riffs with Chino giving one of his best performances to date. These type of buildups happen to be seen quite frequently throughout the listen with “Tempest” and “Rosemary” providing more of the same exceptional qualities heard in “Leathers.” The buildup in “Rosemary” proves to be beautiful with Chino quietly singing about the effects of crossing into new dimensions. This buildup then gives way to a simple yet undeniably effect guitar riff that all leads up to an intense wall of sound with Chino passionately singing “Stay with me as we cross the empty skies.” The whole track happens to be exhilarating and the breakdown near the end is head banging fun. Meanwhile, “Tempest” utilizes these qualities in a bit of a heavier fashion which involves bringing Abe and Sergio into the mix. While Chino and Stephen are nonetheless at their best, Abe and Sergio deliver exemplary performances with Sergio providing awesome bass work and Abe playing an engaging rhythm. As showcased here, Koi No Yokan proves to be at its undeniable best with its heavier tracks.

However, make no mistake that the band certainly excels at slowing things down a bit to take it all in. “What Happened to You” centers completely around Chino here with tear jerking lyrics about him coming to terms with Chi’s state. As his passionate performance exclaims, he knows that there exists turning back from what happened and how his imminent passing will surely come. Even knowing this will inevitably happen, Chino knows that Chi will be looking down at the band from the sky. “Entombed” features similar qualities, but this track centers itself more on Stephen’s exceptional guitar work and atmosphere. In addition to Chino’s emotional lyrics, the song gives Stephen a chance to shine here and it all builds to a soothing conclusion completely free of Chino.

Despite all of the positive remarks mentioned above, Koi No Yokan certainly has a number of pitfalls. With the exception to Sergio’s incredible bass work in “Gauze,” the whole track seemingly lacks the sort of passion that Deftones are known for and “Graphic Nature” proves to be no exception. Abe’s drumming here is more or less the same exact rhythm heard in the far superior “Digital Bath” and possesses a chorus that is more annoying than memorable. In addition to these lackluster tracks, Chino’s lyrical work happens to be in a bit of a low point on this album. Though he’s not terrible by any means here, songs like “Romantic Dreams” simply make the listener crave more from him despite fantastic vocals, engaging guitar work, and Abe delivering some of his best work in that track.

All gripes aside, Koi No Yokan exists as a testament to how Deftones’ musicianship has improved to the fullest over the years and shows how the idea of bands using them as influences proves to be completely warranted. Though the record is certainly not perfect by any means, it nonetheless soars. Deftones are currently in the process of recording another album and judging by how well they used their wide range of styles, the door is left wide open for them to impress the listeners with anything they do. Their next record will be highly anticipated and until that day comes, their devoted fans will still have the pleasure of delving into their exceptional discography once again. However, in the extremely unfortunate event of the band breaking up in the process of this recording, their incredible legacy will without a doubt live on for generations.

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  • greg84 EMERITUS (4.4)
    A remarkably consistent effort from the band that triumphs without altering its style....

    Xenophanes EMERITUS (2.5)
    Incredibly tepid and uncharacteristically dull, "Koi No Yokan" sees Deftones forget what h...

    Project (3)
    Beauty that assaults your ears for an hour, begging you to tell her she's pretty the whole...

    Deadwing42 (4.5)
    Colors explode across the spectrum of a new Deftones sound that explores beauty, brutality...

  • NagasakiBomber (4)
    Many bands wish they were able to release an album as consistently jaw dropping as this on...

    Flashmobba (4)
    With Koi No Yokan, Deftones master the art of blending textures heavy and light, forebodin...

    pbass0 (4.5)
    Continuing to blend beauty and primal aggression like no band before or after, Deftones re...

    Bwgrotha1s (4.5)
    Just another great CD you can have in your collection from the Deftones...

  • BassDemon333 (4.5)
    Bursting at the seams with energy, aggression, and emotion, Koi No Yokan sits comfortably ...

    AdamE (5)
    Deftones shed their superficial skin as an Alt-Metal band and finally show their textures ...

    DirEnRefused (2)
    Painful in my indifference....

    fiendish (4.5)
    Yeah, it’s a Deftones release, but it ain’t just another Deftones release. They’ve o...

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    MezoIsMusic (4.5)
    “Koi No Yokan” is a truly beautiful Japanese concept that is untranslatable. It is the...

    Chinomaster182 (4)
    Deftones in their new record have managed to navigate the close gap between staying true t...

    GiantMan (3.5)
    Deftones remain at the top of their game, but still with room to grow....

  • Timmah99 (3.5)
    Maybe they're getting tired....

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

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Comments:Add a Comment 
September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

All done! For now at least, but damn all of those reviews. I promise my next one will be something with no review haha

September 24th 2014


haven't jammed this one yet

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

iKoi No Yokan

Other than that, sweet review. Second best Deftones imo.

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hell yea

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 5.0

"there exists a few stumbles on iKoi No Yokan" "Be rest assured"

Very nice review and obviously much better than many of those posted during the first weeks back when the album was released.

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

Great review Mongi! Love this album.

Digging: Richard Dawson - 2020

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys! And I fixed that stuff.

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

good band not worth a discog review but your reviews are always nice to read nevertheless

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

Disagreed hard with that first part but thanks a lot man.

September 24th 2014


mid tier deftones

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

It's probably 4th best Deftones (for me) behind WP, DE, and ATF.

Nice review too. I'll have to go back and read the others sometime.

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

Cool man, I'd prob rank like this: WP=SNW>DE>KNY>ATF>Adrenaline>S/T

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 5.0

Saturday Night Wrist > White Pony > Diamond Eyes > Koi No Yokan > Around the Fur > S/T > Adrenaline

Good review btw.

September 24th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

nice review bro. album is great

September 24th 2014


idk about this one mongz

September 25th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

Too kind guys ;)

@tommy not a fan dude?

September 25th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

i like how almost no one can agree on a deftones ranking. especially with self-titled usually being featured as their best or their worst.

good review. take some time to recharge because the Tones will resurface soon, I'm sure.

Also, Swerve City and Poltergeist are just great great jams

September 25th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

Yea! Hopefully early 2015 like Chino said.

September 25th 2014


love this album, listened to it so much when it came out

September 25th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

This was the first tones album I listened to actually. Used to be a 4.5 but some songs grew off a bit.

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