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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Like a good cheese or a fine wine, Deftones just keep getting better with age. Maybe it's a sense of pride in the fact that they have outlived many trends in rock music or perhaps it's the newfound resolve the band acquired when bassist Chi Cheng was put out of commission in late 2008 following a car wreck that left him comatose. Whatever it is, it's working. While most bands their age are slowing down, Deftones seem to be prolonging their prime.

Like 2010's "Diamond Eyes," the seventh offering from Sacramento's finest, "Koi No Yokan," throws in all the dynamics that made the group so special when they first arrived on the scene nearly two decades ago and delivers a highly refined and tightened sound with little fat to spare. With producer Nick Raskulinecz (Coheed & Cambria, Alice in Chains) once again in their pocket, Deftones deliver yet another home-run. Opening with the adrenaline rush of "Swerve City" and merging ever so slightly into the lush ambience of "Romantic Dreams," it is apparent that the group is once again on top of their game, inspired and intensely focused. Nowhere is this more evident than on deeper album cuts and instant classics such as the beautifully dense "Rosemary" and the appropriately creepy and aggressive "Poltergeist."

While admittedly less aggressive than past offerings, "Koi No Yokan" makes up for what it lacks in heaviness with heaps of intensity and ambience. Frontman Chino Moreno screams a lot less than on any album before, but the trade off is an emotionally charged and moody performance that serves as a highlight of the frontman's career. True to form, Stephen Carpenter's riffs still buzz through the woodwork, drilling the songs into your head almost instantly. Likewise, Abe Cunningham proves once again why he is one of the most criminally under-rated drummers of his era with a performance that is technically impressive and consistent, and yet, serves the songs perfectly well without showing off. One would also be remiss if they didn't mention bassist Sergio Vega and his contributions to the group. While Cheng is certainly missed, Vega has almost effortlessly blended into the band, proving to be the perfect match. What we have in Deftones circa 2012 is a band that has been around the block a few times and knows how to create music that their fans want to hear without repeating themselves.

Nowhere on this album is there a clunker or something that doesn't feel like it fits. Much like "Diamond Eyes," this is a seamlessly perfect Deftones album from front to back. It's hard to imagine the band that put out "Adrenaline" becoming the band they have become, but Deftones have survived the years with grace and creative fire to spare. Even though it's sad that the band are enjoying a renewed sense of purpose while Cheng remains out of commission, it's rather remarkable given all they've been up against that they've remained this consistent and interesting for so long. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will find much to relish in "Koi No Yokan," an album whose title roughly means "Anticipation of love." So put on the headphones, turn out the lights, and prepare to fall in love all over again.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Every song on this album captivates and transcends the soul to a higher plane! Turn down the lights, light up the candles and incense and prepare for an F'N journey!

A Lot more actual singing than screaming, but still heavier than hell and a masterpiece. How they do they get better with time? I dunno! Definitely a contender for ALBUM OF THE YEAR!

!!!!BEST DEFTONES ALBUM TO DATE!!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
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I really like the new Deftones album. It seems like they put a lot of time and emotion into it and it really works. Nice job guys! If you like the Deftones, buy this album so they can keep on making great music! Support artists you love.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
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I think it's crazy to review an album the first couple times you hear it, so I can honestly say I listened to Koi No Yokan about twenty times before I even thought about reviewing it. Diamond Eyes blew my mind and I knew this would not disappoint.

Swerve City -
The album opens with a bang of riffs then envelopes into the crooning Chino we all love, mixed with an atmospheric swirl of keyboards. Cure ambience echoes in those crying guitars.

Romantic Dreams - Hypnotic guitar broken by the synch of drums / vocals..... Then it gets threatening. "I promise".... Is more convincing than Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at full emotional throttle? Wow. The guitars rain down a heavy thick sludgy atmosphere where Chino Moreno vocals hover so lightly over. The last of the song is a memorizing 30 second journey...

Leathers - If you haven't heard this, do. After an 80's Fright Night malingering of strange trace guitar in the first 35 seconds, it explodes and tears off your face and pounds, pounds, pounds...ANGRY.. GUNS! RAZORS! LEATHERS! This is one of the heaviest songs on the album... IMO

Poltergeist - The click clack intro sets you up for a trap door of echoing screams followed by melon collie singing over bone crushing riffs. Like an onion, this song goes layers and layers deep, using the atmospheric keyboards in the advantage, while separating guitars, drums and screams.

Entombed - Intertwining guitars going down a very subtle path equal to a gentle rainstorm. Chino lightly sprinkles over the guitars until everything ups a level with a more passion. "Shapes of colors are all I see. Shapes of colors are all I feel." The song almost dies, but quickly is brought back to life to the confessional cries of Chino...

Graphic Nature - Harmonics never sounded so good, followed by confronting chunky riffs. Liquid Sex..."I'm aware of the demons that you've tucked away".... Wow... This will be an awesome song to see live...

Tempest - This was the first single. I played it in the car and my wife quickly complained it would put her to sleep as she drove my drunk ass to the bar. "Lay there"... how quickly this songs jumps back into Deftones awesomeness.... Thrust..Thrust..Thrust.. Echoing... Ahead... Ahead... Ahead... "Turning in circles...." And how beautiful it sounds just to be equally wrapped in all that distortion... the drums just go, go, go... Awesome song... The end just builds up to.....

Gauze - I kept having to turn down the stereo because I thought there was outside activity.. All the beeps and echoing noises... Man, I am so happy to hear these guitar roll-offs in between the riffs.. I didn't notice them until the last few listens.. So cool... The atmospherics are just as cool and impressive as "Diamond Eyes"... I love the passion..Chino just sings his ass off like Ian Asterbury and delivers with such a passion and rage combined it transgresses a passionate rage that you're forced to digest.

(Getting another beer)

Rosemary - Surprisingly, my favorite song on the album. I LOVE HEAVINESS, but this seems like the ultimate calm before the storm. It sounds like an alternate Smashing Pumpkins "MACHINA" universe with an angrier vocalist... This song is so thick on atmosphere, you are looking out the corner of your eyes for anything incoming, because you know things are lurking and about to attack... Pure beauty. A nice time to catch you're breath. After the MACHINA guitar build ups and calming breaks..
Out of no where, the ugliest guitar pops out and Abe Cunningham turns into Dale Crover from the Melvins and just pounds, allowing perfect synchs between the guitar and the beat. Personally, I almost had a wreck with the near ending to this song and was extremely disappointed it didn't go on with just the riff and drums for another 20 minutes... I have to make a remix and mix this song with "Cow" by the Melvins, just for personal use... the best part of the entire album is the transition between these songs... The song ends on a calming gentle stream of tranquility... and transitions to the nect song....

Good Squad - Still not fully realizing that Rosemary was over, I can feel everything getting tenser and tenser and tenser...A sudden electronic ocean passes over me and the next thing I know.. THE DIAL IS SET TO 10 AT FULL WHITE BOY MODE.. and I'm about to show it. You know, slam dancing in the middle of the interstate drunk on Mickey's... Holy Shit... This is the most unexpected song to rip it apart... LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

What Happened to You? - A very nice calming ending to a very beautifully hidden brutal album. I hope chino can keep hitting these high notes after belting out an album of aggression.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a long time Deftones fan I can honestly say "Koi No Yokan" is earning a #1 spot for me in their discography. "Saturday Night Wrist", "Around the Fur" & "Self Titled" are my favorite albums by Deftones but this album has potential to surpass those amazing records. It instantly hooks you in with the track "Swerve City" and then follows up with the awesome song "Romantic Dreams" which has a catchy chorus and a melodic groove. "Goon Squad" also rocks in a way that is playful and energetic bringing light heartedness to a divine sounding record. This album is also probably their most cohesive from start to finish. The transitional pieces between songs are really soothing and help create a nice relaxed mood.

As for the members, Stef on guitar is probably the most prominent force on this record. He dominates each song and drills each riff into your skull. Abe on drums is also a major component. He adds so much flair and gives each track sporadic momentum. Chino does his thing with soaring melodies and lyrics that are vague and abstract. He has changed his vocals in some songs by giving them a more guttural elegance. For example check out "Entombed" and listen to the chorus. His vocals on that song particularly sound more from his gut and makes a strong impact. As for Sergio, he kills it on bass. He plays along Abe but has his moments where he adds a nice texture that sails and diverts to his own rhythm. Lastly but not least, Frank has really grown as a musician giving each track an extra mystique that encourages more listens. He hides in the background but his input is a major ingredient making ethereal ambient noise. All the contributions by the members makes for an inspiring listen that you never want to end and speaking of end, "What Happened to You?" has to be one of my favorite closing tracks on a Deftones album. It captures the essence of the album in a nice 4 mins span.

Once again the Deftones have made an remarkable record. "Koi No Yokan" will go down as best album of 2012 for many critics and listeners, myself included.

(Updated: After seeing these guys live on the Koi No Yokan tour and listening to this album more, "Rosemary" is one of my top songs from the Deftones. That song moves me and is a key track for the heavy/light dynamic this album displays. It has beauty and grit all rolled up in 7 mins for our enjoyment!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
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I'll keep it short and sweet. I bought this album on release date. A week later, I've probably listened to it 15 times through. There's just something about it that hooks into you. Deftones have unlocked the soft/loud dynamic and are exploiting it expertly. What's more impressive is that they don't overpower you. They give their songs room to breathe, develop and set a mood. Koi No Yokan is fantastic. Easily one of my favorite albums of 2012.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
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I have followed the Deftones for many years and every new album i have had the pleasure of listening to has been a delight and revelation to my ears. Koi No Yokan is definitely no exception. It instantly gripped me and took me for a roller coaster ride which i am still coming down from 3 days later. Deftones have evolved and now is their time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
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This album is simply amazing. I am a huge Deftones fan and they may very well be my top favorite band. All of their albums are great but this one has to be the best. Before Koi No Yokan came out, my favorite was Around the Fur but this one is just so amazing.

The fact that they can change is awesome. Deftones are a modern day version of The Cure. Nuff' said. Simply amazing cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
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Koi no yokan is the best album I have heard all year and has now became my favorite tones album. Everything on here is just so expansive and the lyrics are nothing short of otherworldly as normal, it's as if the Deftones are the alt metal version of The Cure. It's great for late night drives the same way that Saturday night wrist and Diamond eyes are and as a long time fan it's a dream of an album. All the songs flow perfectly together in order from beginning to end so there's no need to skip anything you just put it on and relax. if you're a fan or someone interested in the Deftones definitely just buy it right now don't hesitate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
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In my opinion this album is one of the best from Deftones so far, very powerful riffs, pretty good lyrics too... A must buy for every metal, alternative or whatever you want to call it fan!!!
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