Koi No Yokan - Deftones

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. At the end of the day, I don't know exactly where I'd rank Koi No Yokan--somewhere in the top three, but really it's not important. What's important is that this is a f***ing great album.
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    While a lot of bands out there have been tinkering with the loud/quiet dynamic for decades now, what makes Deftones so special is their ability to do both at the same time, effectively blending the calm and the storm into a single sound.
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    It does serves as an excellent point of entry for a new generation of fans, while reminding the complacent rest of us how the character of Sacramento's finest continues to endure. [Dec 2012, p.89]
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    It transcends the boundaries and expectations of its genre--even those previously set by the very band that made it.
  5. 80
    The songs have more personal bite and emotional density. They have a soul.
  6. Nov 13, 2012
    With Koi No Yokan the band have not only delivered on their promises, but exceeded them so, whilst remaining one of the most engaging but remarkable heavy bands of our times.
  7. Nov 12, 2012
    This is widescreen alt-rock with an appropriately mammoth production, where euphoric choruses and crushing verses don't just sit alongside each other but ebb and flow to become inextricable entities.
  8. 83
    The album continues where 2010's Diamond Eyes left off, bonding streamlined mosh-pit daggers with floaty space-station distress calls. [23 Nov 2012, p.70]
  9. Dec 10, 2012
    They still deliver their challenging music with effortless ease. [[10 Nov 2012, p.54]
  10. Dec 20, 2012
    It's an adventurous, seductive and plush exploration of the depths of progressive and popular metal.
  11. 80
    It's a shotgun blast of cranked guitars, bruising hardcore and canyon-sized choruses, and it's mesmerising.
  12. Nov 27, 2012
    So odd how Koi No Yokan could be both their most traditionally metal and their most melodic record to date.
  13. Nov 20, 2012
    This fit and lean version of Deftones have turned negativity into vibrant positivity and channelled it into their cohesive and textured seventh full-length, Koi No Yokan--a record that will forever sit high upon Deftones' burgeoning list of impressive achievements.
  14. Dec 11, 2012
    A band with swagger once again. [Jan 2013, p.109]
  15. Nov 20, 2012
    Taken as both a culmination and a sign of more good things to come, it further solidifies the band's status as far and away the most long-lasting and consistent act of the maligned subgenre from which they came.
  16. Nov 16, 2012
    There's definitely something welcoming about Koi No Yokan's comparative purity, in the band's understanding of how little they need.
  17. Nov 21, 2012
    Koi No Yokan is a passable alt-rock/metal album by a band that is capable of much more.
  18. Nov 12, 2012
    Koi No Yokan is not only the year's best metal-rock-space-pop album--it's also the finest Deftones album, front to back, to date.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 145 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. koj
    Nov 16, 2012
    Expectations were high for Koi No Yokan. It is Deftones seventh album in a row which simply does not disappoint. Each output got compared to 2000s masterpiece White Pony. Lucky enough Deftones never tried to create a White Pony 2, they wrote Albums which obviously fitted in their current status, always covered in a more (Selftitled) or less (Diamond Eyes) dark atmosphere.
    Each output since WP had its problems. The Selftitled was too dark (for me), SNW had great songs, but did not succeed with its experiments (Mein with Serj, Pink Cellphone). Diamond Eyes did not have this weak points but lacked in depth, atmosphere and textures.

    Koi No Yokan takes out the strengths of each of these albums since White Pony and leaves out the above criticized points. It´s pretty dark, flows really good as a whole album (nearly every song connects with the next) and adds a huge amount of atmosphere to it. Also, the production seems to be improved regarding Diamond Eyes. There is not one song which doesn´t fit into the album, each song has its place and is loveable from start to finish.
    Starting with Swerve City as a bouncy, poppy opener, Koi No Yokan beautifully delivers Deftones signature move: the dynamics. Leathers verses is one of the heaviest in Deftones history, fighting with the dreamy chorus created by Chinos beautiful voice. The man simply can create moods with his organ.
    Poltergeist, starting with odd handclaps leading into a heavy Carpenter Riff, drives the heavy vs soft game on. Next song, Entombed is simply beautiful and perfect material for a single. Graphic Nature could easily be featured one White Pony. Tempest, the single, connects southern rockesque guitars (straight from the 90s) with a lovely chorus and is one of the highlights. Gauzes beginning brings back Deftones heavy moments and is nothing less than Deftones high standard.
    Rosemary is the heart of Koi No Yokan, one of Deftones highlights of their whole career. A melody which stays in your head forever. Goon Squad with its dynamics lets you headbang before What happened to you? closes the album with a trippy dreampoppy sound. Reminds directly of Chi, who still suffers from the accident 4 yours ago.

    KNY is a perfect album for walks through the winter air and can be experienced best as a whole. Listen to this if you are a fan of intelligent alternative rock albums.
    It connects fans of heavy metal (Meshuggah riffing) with the ones of The Cure or The Smiths.

    Standout tracks are Leathers, Entombed and Rosemary.
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  2. Nov 15, 2012
    Deftones may very well be one of the most consistent and dependable bands of the past 20 years. Each new release sees the band further their musical scope while still retaining that immediately identifiable sound. I personally got hooked into the band with White Pony, specifically the songs Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2012
    You should never compare deftones albums. Every one has it's own unique sound. After their successful relaunching into the industry with diamond eyes their back on track. A blissful and sometimes even sexy(entombed and romantic dreams) this is a hardcore album. Much heavier sounding guitar and a lot more space and feeling to the songs. The lyrics are also some of their most literal and open minded than most of their other albums. Definitely one of my favourites under around the fur Full Review »