Year 4, Day 27: Deftones – Koi no Yokan
- Swerve City
- Romantic Dreams
- Graphic Nature
- Goon Squad
- What Happened to You?
About the Album
Koi no Yokan is the seventh studio album from American alt metal band, Deftones. The album was recorded in 2012 and released on November 12th 2012 through Reprise Records. The album clocks in at around 52 minutes in length. The album peaked at number eleven on the Billboard 200. The album has sold over 200,000+ copies to date. “Koi no Yokan” is a Japanese phrase that translates to: “Premonition of Love”.
Thoughts on the Album
I remember a friend of mine who blasted Swerve City at max volume in his car while driving in South Philadelphia towards Center City/Rittenhouse Square. I was blown away by the sound (
no pun intended, pun intended). It is a technically impressive track that is dynamic and sets the tone for the rest of the album. The track flows right into the follow-up track Romantic Dreams. So before I forget to mention, today’s album is the seventh studio release from alternative metal band Deftones, Koi no Yokan. The album opener Swerve City, is straightforward. It opens with almost bludgeoning riff before it opts for a soaring chorus.
Swerve City transitions excellently right into Romantic Dreams, the second track. It’s a rather hypnotic track that acts like a canvas for the guitar work of guitarist Stephen Carpenter. The entire album is a battle between the heavy/loud and soft sounds in which the band’s nuanced approach to this dynamic makes it an excellent album. It’s like blending the calm before and after the storm with the storm itself and turning it into the a single sound. Leathers starts off slowly, luring the listener in before seizing them with bombastic verses and an enthralling chorus.
Tracks like Poltergeist and Entombed juxtapose each other. Poltergeist has a massive groove that is contrasted and combined with the dream pop like Entombed. On Entombed there are subtle lines and flourishes of electronic elements that but this track over the top. The album is so damn consistent from track to track, I’ve never heard or seen such consistency before.
Koi no Yokan is a genre defying album. It defies the boundaries and expectations that the genre has set out… ironically created by the same band themselves. One of the key things (from what I can tell) is that Koi no Yokan was an album that triumphs without altering it’s style. Frontman Chino Moreno is able to effectively blend intense screams with some ethereal and outright chilling melodies. This makes for an incredibly versatile vocal dynamic.
Why experimenting with style and genre, as well as creating innovating songs is nice, consistency and quality is better. That’s what we have here, an album with high quality songs. Koi no Yokan is an album that will hypnotize you with its ethereally and chilling riffs and atmospheric sound. The Deftones, rather than choose innovation, chose quality songs and crafted an amazing album in Koi no Yokan.