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Editors’ Notes

With bass player Chi Cheng still in a coma from a 2008 car accident, Deftones enlisted help from Sergio Vega (formerly of post-hardcore band Quicksand) for their sixth album Diamond Eyes. And now with 2012’s Koi No Yokan their seventh studio LP, Vega has contributed more to the band’s sound. This results in an album that’s noticeably more dynamic than preceding recordings. The Japanese titled Koi No Yokan (which translates to "Anticipation of Love") opens with “Swerve City,” a barrage of pummeling sludge-metal that’s instantly disarmed by Chino Moreno’s breathy, melodic singing. “Romantic Dreams” follows with cascading walls of guitar distortion that briefly recall Siamese Dreams era Smashing Pumpkins, save for Moreno’s vocals howling elongated vowels here to sound more like Ozzy than Billy Corgan. Standout single “Leathers” delves deeper into the band’s penchant for contrasting gossamer soundscapes with sonic temper-tantrums. After some ambient panorama the band explode like a volcanic avalanche. “Tempest” makes good on its title with a six-minute plus song that gradually builds on ascending layers of guitar distortion and harmonious melodies like a gradually violent windstorm.

Customer Reviews

Deftones have moved forward whilst original

Diamond Eyes, to me, was a much better album the Saturday Night Wrist ever was. I remember the day it came out and on that night I blasted the entire album start to finish, loved it. Deftones proceeder Koi will be an amazing album if everything sounds the same as it does now. Personally, I don't believe this will surpass Diamond Eyes but I think this album is an essential nonetheless for people who enjoyed Diamond Eyes as much as I did. When Deftones released "Leathers" I was wary if this album would be any good but as soon as "Tempest" came out I knew it'd be a hell of an album if it all sounded the same. The intro to "Tempest" was quite marvelous. It had a unique ambient flow to its progression of anxiety. The guitar work is heavy but a little mellow for Deftones fans. Will we ever see Deftones put out another "White Pony"? No. Will this album be much softer and more musically focused than all their other albums? Yes. Still awaiting upon "Koi's" release and a tour to follow, I still look forward to "Eros" which hopefully will be their best work. I hope Chi will heal fast and healthy.

Arguably their best to date

Deftones once again proves the point that progression isn't selling out. Diamond Eyes was wonderful. Koi No Ko Yokan. All I can say is that I've been listening to it for the last three days.
Top TRACKS(In my opinion)
What Happened to You?

Just love it

It didn't even come out yet and I already love it!!! LOVE Leathers LOVE Tempest!!!! This album can't drop soon enough!!!


Formed: 1988 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushed singing -- spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The group first formed in Sacramento, California during 1988, when then high-school students Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), and Chino Moreno (vocals) first began to jam together. They chose the name Deftones and began playing out locally shortly thereafter, going through several different bass players...
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