Well, I don’t know about you folks, but my desert island is getting pretty full with all the great music I decided to bring along with me while stranded on it. Today, I pile another one on. The Deftones 2012 album Koi No Yokan. Wow. What an album. Koi No Yokan is the seventh studio album released by these rockers, and the second one released without original bassist, Chi Cheng, who was left in a comatose state after being involved in a terrible car accident in Santa Clara, California on November 4th, 2008. Chi died from cardiac arrest on April 13th, 2013.
The Deftones released Koi No Yokan (which is Japanese for “Premonition of Love“) on November 12, 2012. The album is chock full of what you would expect from The Deftones. Sonic, alternative metal goodness. Koi No Yokan shoots straight to the stratosphere with album opener, “Swerve City” (a perfect album opener, if I do say so myself.) The album comes on like a beautiful dream, and manages to stay that way thanks in large part to vocalist, Chino Moreno‘s beautifully formulaic vocals.
…its hypnotic aroma enveloping me whole. The music works much the same way.
This is your typical Deftones record: Combining mellowed out guitar lines with dynamic balls out riffs. A staple for the band’s sound, but hell, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Koi No Yokan hits all the right notes with me as its listener. The first time I heard the album, I had the candles burning and the incense wafting its hypnotic aroma enveloping me whole. The music works much the same way. Turn the lights down low, or better, turn them off completely, let the worries of the day evaporate from your mind, even if just for a short while and just turn up Koi No Yokan.
If Chino and guitarist Stephen Carpenter want you to get up and go, you fucking get up and GO!!
Unlike some metal groups out there who cheapen their sound by adding a nonsensical screaming vocalist on top of guitar riffs that are ripped right out the Metal Handbook, Deftones actually give a fuck about their art and try to give their fans an ever-expanding picture that just becomes more clear with each passing track. The song, “Entombed” comes on like a beautiful electric wave that gets taken over by an even bigger wave that is Chino’s signature yell, only to have that wave break and come back to Earth. “Graphic Nature” is like an urgency that throws one into an instant need to do something from the first few seconds of the track. With a song like “Leathers“, the listener gets immediately pulled into a lulled state of bliss. Well. At least for the track’s initial 39 seconds. It’s all over with after that. For the rest of the length of “Leathers“, it feels like a bomb went off. What do you want me to say? If Chino and guitarist Stephen Carpenter want you to get up and go, you fucking get up and GO!!
the Deftones are a beautiful caterpillar that’s showing the first signs of morphing into a big, bright butterfly.
After so many years in the business, the Deftones show still show no mercy or compromise when it comes to their sound. So many other groups have at some point or another compromised their sound to go follow some new trend that’s taken over the country, and ultimely suffering for their ill-fated decision to do so. Not the Deftones. With the Deftones, it’s not so much that their sound has changed to fit some trend, but more like that with each album they release, their sound becomes more pronounced and evolved. It’s like the listener is bearing witness to some sort of master plan that’s slow and meticulous in coming into fruition. Let’s end this with a metaphor: the Deftones are a beautiful caterpillar that’s showing the first signs of morphing into a big, bright butterfly. That’s the best way I could describe the Deftones music. Everyone in the group adds to the layers that make up the music. If you have yet pick up the latest from this iconic band, don’t wait any longer, your lives have been empty long enough. Pick it up here.
Want more from the Deftones? Of course you do.