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.… Collapse
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
Dec 18, 2012Possibly my favorite metal album this year. The riffs hit hard and Chinos vocals are as great as ever. There musicianship leaves me in awePossibly my favorite metal album this year. The riffs hit hard and Chinos vocals are as great as ever. There musicianship leaves me in awe throughout many of the songs on this album. Possibly this is the best i heard them play.… Expand
Nov 13, 2012Heavier than Diamond Eyes but just as melodic and ethereal, Deftones have once again put out an outstanding record of atmospheric, cryptic,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
Nov 19, 2012This is a very solid album. Typical Deftones sound with some really awesome songs. The album has a great feel to it and is perfectly produced.This is a very solid album. Typical Deftones sound with some really awesome songs. The album has a great feel to it and is perfectly produced. Make sure to listen to it at least once with some decent over-the-ear headphones. The two singles "Leathers" and "Tempest" had already sold me on the record but I was afraid those might be the only two great songs on this record. Not so..."Poltergeist" is a beast of a song and just kicks you right in the teeth. "Gauze" has that great mid-tempo Deftones feel to it. Chinos vocals on this whole record are just amazing. He is such a fantastic singer!! If you haven yet listen to this record, stop reading this review and get the album and enjoy!!!… Expand
Jan 5, 2013Koi 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 makeKoi 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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