Kerrang!Dec 10, 2012They still deliver their challenging music with effortless ease. [[10 Nov 2012, p.54]
Nov 16, 2012Expectations were high for Koi No Yokan. It is Deftones seventh album in a row which simply does not disappoint. Each output got compared toExpectations 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.… Expand
Sep 24, 2015Deftones are a rare breed. With every release, they become stronger and more confident. Typically we see the opposite in the field of metal,Deftones are a rare breed. With every release, they become stronger and more confident. Typically we see the opposite in the field of metal, right?
With Koi No Yokan we hear true musicianship. Deftones never let up, and they keep the heat on from the moment "Swerve City" pounds into life until the final beats of "What Happened to You?".… Expand
Nov 16, 2012You should never compare deftones albums. Every one has it's own unique sound. After their successful relaunching into the industry withYou 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… Expand
Nov 15, 2012It's pretty rare for me to not only like every song on an album, but to also like them all on first listen like I did with this album. MyIt's pretty rare for me to not only like every song on an album, but to also like them all on first listen like I did with this album. My biggest complaint with the album is that I wish there was more songs. Having said that it's one of their best albums maybe even their best in terms of consistency, I've only been able to listen to it three or four times but it's fast becoming my favourite.] from them. It may also be their easiest album for non/new fans to listen to as well.… Expand
Nov 13, 2012Hearing Leathers and Tempest just whet my appetite for an album that I had very high expectations for, and these guys have succeeded inHearing Leathers and Tempest just whet my appetite for an album that I had very high expectations for, and these guys have succeeded in beating every single one of them. It is so heavy at times, so dreamy at times. Extremely solid effort gents.… Expand
Nov 14, 2012This album is great from beginning to end. The first track "Swerve City" immediately draws you in. What I love most about the Deftones, isThis album is great from beginning to end. The first track "Swerve City" immediately draws you in. What I love most about the Deftones, is they have the perfect blend of aggression and melody. They're heavy but very calming at the same time. The Deftones deliver again with an album that is powerful and full of emotion.… Expand
Oct 20, 2015every song on this album feels like it's leading up to something better, only it never gets to it. a few decent songs dont salvage the dignityevery song on this album feels like it's leading up to something better, only it never gets to it. a few decent songs dont salvage the dignity of kois generic effort. such a shame as both saturday night wrist and diamond eyes were fantastic.… Expand
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