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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

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!!!

Go Ahead- if you're a fan, you'll love it.

I have heard the whole record and it will not disappoint fans-- the band colors inside the lines they established with White Pony. The song writing is first rate-Chino is at the top of his game melodically and lyrically. What Happened To You and Entombed show just how much he's matured as a songwriter- firmly applying successful conventions picked up from a remarkable career fronting a band and on solo projects like Team Sleep. Fans who have bemoaned the lack of edge on the last two records will find songs like Goon Squad, Gauze, and Leathers recalling the band's earliest and best face-punching.

Musicians who follow the band as acolytes will find much to discuss. The mix disappoints terribly on songs like Swerve City and Romantic Dreams as so much room is taken up by guitars in attempts to make the music heavy that the drums practically vanish. These Mix/Master errors aren't universal and are unlikely to rattle fans who are into the band for the songs and the romanticism so rare in the genre. Still the compression errors are pronounced enough to keep the record from converting non-believers and being the late career masterpiece it promised to be.

Koi No Yokan is a solid body of work that stands in defiance of those who would pronounce hard rock over. It's proof that "Nu-Metal" (or whatever silly genre affiliation one might apply) still has relevance--even if the loudness wars get in the way occasionally.


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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