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  • Summary: The seventh studio release for the Sacramento alternative metal group was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
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Rosemary
There's no sound But the engine's drone Our minds set free To roam Time shifting We discover the entry To other planes Our minds bend And our... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Kerrang!
    Dec 10, 2012
    100
    They still deliver their challenging music with effortless ease. [[10 Nov 2012, p.54]
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    90
    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.
  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: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  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 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.
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  2. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    Incredible!! If I could describe this album in one word, it would be "Incredible". This album does not disappoint. Deftones sticks to theirIncredible!! If I could describe this album in one word, it would be "Incredible". This album does not disappoint. Deftones sticks to their signature "White Pony" sound and manages to make it sound fresh. This album does not sound like a White Pony rehash. There are also some elements here from Chino's side project Crosses. There is not a single weak track on this album. The best songs on this album are Rosemary and Graphic Nature. Deftones has yet to make a bad album. Every album from them is a masterpiece. Expand
  3. 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 bestits 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
  4. Nov 13, 2012
    9
    I discovered Deftones a while ago back on one of the soundtracks to the Matrix. Many good tracks here, definitely worth a listen. Tempest andI discovered Deftones a while ago back on one of the soundtracks to the Matrix. Many good tracks here, definitely worth a listen. Tempest and Polterheist bring the heat! Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2012
    9
    Hearing 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
  6. Jul 11, 2018
    9
    The most consistent Deftones album since White Pony. All album works perfectly as unity. There's no songs which differ from other for beingThe most consistent Deftones album since White Pony. All album works perfectly as unity. There's no songs which differ from other for being too much better than other. Ethereal and oneiric moments all the time, invigorating and spirit-renewing still remains here, if isn't more present than Diamond Eyes (although this one be heavier). Vega is more present too, with more backing vocals and bass lines more The groovy drums, baritone guitars, luscious and aggressive vocals are present here too.
    Masterpiece.
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  7. Oct 20, 2015
    4
    every 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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