Koi No Yokan - Deftones
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Universal acclaim- based on 146 Ratings

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  • Summary: The seventh studio release for the Sacramento alternative metal group was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    100
    They still deliver their challenging music with effortless ease. [[10 Nov 2012, p.54]
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    90
    It transcends the boundaries and expectations of its genre--even those previously set by the very band that made it.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    It's a shotgun blast of cranked guitars, bruising hardcore and canyon-sized choruses, and it's mesmerising.
  5. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    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.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    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.
  7. Nov 21, 2012
    50
    Koi No Yokan is a passable alt-rock/metal album by a band that is capable of much more.

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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
    10
    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. May 20, 2014
    10
    its still the deftones i know and love but is it my favourite album of theres no is it in the top 3 of deftones albums no, was it the best album of 2012 heck yeah it was Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2012
    10
    Koi No Yokan is a beautiful album. I listen to a variety of music and this album is probably the best this year by far. The songs hit a range of emotion and are executed beautifully. I feel like this album is worthy of a Grammy and will be very disappointed if they don't get at least nominated. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2012
    9
    "Love at first sight" fits Koi No Yokan very well. You can never compare Deftones to any other band, and they continue to prove they can easily amaze with their unbelievable euphoria-causing audio. But like typical Deftones, you get the hard-pounding sounds like "Swerve City" but are later served with an unbelievable "Entombed" that would calm even the meanest part of us all. There are so many amazing songs that even naming a "single" would belittle the rest of the album; the same can be said for recommending songs to anyone. It's a wonder how the band can be around for almost 20 years yet many people fail to recognize the name. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2012
    9
    Heavier than Diamond Eyes but just as melodic and ethereal, Deftones have once again put out an outstanding record of atmospheric, cryptic, blistering alternative metal. Standout tracks include "Tempest" and "Swerve City." Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2013
    9
    TL;DR Another great album, if you enjoyed Diamond Eyes and other previous ventures then it'll be hard for you to dislike this.

    The awesome
    new album that I had high hopes for, it has definitely lived up to them. Its easily in my top albums for 2012 chart, and actually just one of my new favorites period. Although there are no slow melodies like "Teenager" or "Digital Bath", they are instead inserted as slow melodies in the transition of different songs. However, the heavy chugging and riffs that hit you like a shockwave are back and still as great as ever. On a personal note, my top 3 for the album are Entombed, Rosemary, and Gauze. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2013
    6
    Koi No Yokan is a good "sounding" album that is hard to consume because lead singer Chino's vocals are too soft at times and are hard to make out what he is singing. It's a decent album, but they tread in the same waters musically. Almost all of the songs overstay their welcome around the 2-minute mark and you pretty much know what the expect with the remaining 2-minutes. However, I can still highly recommend people to see Deftones live, they have improved drastically over the years from a drunk, slop sounding band to a veteran, professional, and amazing sounding live band. Sadly, there is only 2 songs that stand out on this album and you can pretty much throw away the rest. Expand

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