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Album Review: Deftones - 'Koi No Yokan'

'This is, without question, the most mature and cohesive record the band has ever recorded.'

By Craig Billow
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Few bands in the modern rock scene have the kind of enduring legacy that Deftones have cultivated over the past 17 years. And to call their new album Koi No Yokan simply "good" is about the biggest understatement one could make regarding this record.

In the years following bassist Chi Cheng's near-fatal car accident (which has left him recovering from a coma-like state since), Deftones have gone through what could be modestly described as a period of soul-searching.

Their early work on Adrenaline (1995) and Around the Fur ('97) were landmarks in their day and stood apart from other rock acts of the era by eschewing the nu-metal scene and employing their own structured, thought-provoking, and unconventional approach to songwriting.

In the wake of their breakout album White Pony (2000), many critics wondered if the band had hit its high water mark. After Cheng's accident in 2008, it seemed almost a certainty that the band was going to call it quits.

Thankfully for us, they didn't.


Koi No Yokan is the band's seventh studio album and the second to feature long-time friend of the band Sergio Vega filling Cheng's shoes on bass duty.

For those familiar with Deftones' sound, please be prepared to check your pretense at the door. If Diamond Eyes was any indication of the direction the group was headed, they've taken that concept and launched it into the stratosphere. This is, without question, the most mature and cohesive record the band has ever recorded. This album is a woven tapestry that takes the most stirring elements of the band's previous work and breathes into it new life and urgency that begs to be listened to as a complete piece. Each track flows into the next like a river — crashing, falling, rushing, cascading and slowing at a pace that lends itself to its neighboring tracks and compliments them naturally without feeling like a put-on.

This is, without question, the most mature and cohesive record the band has ever recorded.


It should be mentioned that the band's influences are laid out for all to see on this record.

Fans of the British shoegaze band My Vitriol will hear subtle nods to its 2000 album Finelines throughout the more melodic moments of this record. On tracks like '”Tempest,” you can distinctly hear singer Chino Moreno's affection for Duran Duran, not only in his Simon Le Bon vocal approach, but also in the song's hook. On "Gauze," hardcore fans will immediately resonate with guitarist Stephen Carpenter's sinister Meshugga-style riffing (listen to "Gauze" alongside Meshugga's "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" and you'll get the drift).

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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 05:48PM

“Mmm hmmm (nodding head).
Well written review.”

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2. 90028 said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 07:09PM

“New record is DOPE. Review spot on. Playing The Hollywood Palladium next week. Sh!t is ill son.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 10:34PM

“this album is so f'in good i haven't stopped listening all week!! glad to see these guys back on top. one love for Chi!!!”

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4. Ray C. Weekly said... on Nov 17, 2012 at 06:24AM

“Wow, this guy can write too? I thought all he could do was make pretty pictures!”

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5. real1 said... on Nov 20, 2012 at 02:54AM

“i love the last track "what happened to you". and i agree that the entire album is so mature and the group as a unit has remaind loyal to their apparent formula for success but has maintained releventcy in this bullshit excuse for a rock scene with the exception of some groups. korns "narcasistic cannible[sic]"song i thought was hard.”

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6. Corey said... on Nov 22, 2012 at 04:16PM

“Great review. This not only inspired me to listen to the new album, but also purchase it and become a believer in Deftones once again. Thanks AC Weekly!”

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