Bands change, it’s almost inevitable. Most artists tend to dabble in some form of stylistic experimentation, but the Deftones hold up as one of the most consistent in the business.
Rather than exploring new horizons, “Koi No Yokan,” celebrates all of Deftones’ old tricks; but that’s exactly what everyone wants.
The new album, which is Deftones’ second to not include bassist, Chi Cheng, finds the band in a much more relaxed state of mind. 2009’s “Diamond Eyes,” seemed to indicate a much needed release of emotion that bled with subtle themes of rising above. “Koi No Yokan’s” material is just as passionate and provocative, but revives the stripped down, garage-style snarls that initially helped defined the band’s sound.
“Swerve City” quickly makes this evident with an intro that plays like repeated right hooks to the face. “Leathers,” “Poltergiest,” and “Tempest” all showcase “Around the Fur” style grandeur with buzzing, neck-breaking verses and soothing, hook-driven choruses. Most of the album’s tracks shine through their sheer ferocity, but there are several entwined reminders of Deftones’ unique beauty and control; “Entombed,” for example, is mesmerizing.
The craftsmanship displayed on “Koi No Yokan” is simply unparalleled; every single space on the album is filled with fine-tuned detail that commands undivided attention.
All in all:
Standout Tracks: “Swerve City,” “Leathers,” “Tempest,” “Poltergeist,” “Rosemary,” “Entombed,”
Deftones- “Koi No Yokan:” 5/5