For this week’s album of the week, I turned to former Nu Metal giants Deftones for some inspiration. I said former Nu Metal because the band quickly dropped the style and really came into their own with a unique style that is there own. The album we are covering for you guys is the band’s seventh album Koi No Yokan (which is Japanese for premonition of love). The album featured Chino Moreno (Vocals, Guitar), Abe Cunningham (Drums), Stephen Carpenter (Guitar), Frank Delgado (Keyboards, Samples), and Sergio Vega (Bass). When the album was released, it sold 65,000 copies in it’s first week of release landing it at number 11 on The Billboard Charts which is where it peaked. To date, the album has only sold over 200,000 copies in the US, but it peaked at Number five on the US Rock Albums and US Alternative charts while peaking at number two on the US Hard Rock charts. According to Wikipedia, the band recorded their album differently than their previous albums because they used, “Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx preamp/effects processor, which creates the sound of multiple outboard amps and pedals and allowed for different tones.” Koi No Yokan has also been described as having elements of Alt-Metal mixed with Dream Pop, Shoegazing, Alt-Rock, and metal in its writing.
1. Swerve City– An amazing way to start an album when you go loud and intense combined with some strong lyrics. The lyrics talk about a woman who tames her horses (Men) so essentially it’s about a woman who is beautiful and uses it to her advantage. 4.5/5
2. Romantic Dreams– The song has a really great sound to it that showcases how far the band has come. The only thing that I wonder is if this song is a prequel to the White Pony track Digital Bath only because it seems that it’s about someone who is obsessed with a female that just mesmerizes him. 4.5/5
3. Leathers– This was the first single released off the album when it was offered as a free download. The song starts off very dream like before it explodes into a massive wall of sound and passion. I love the lyrics to the track because it’s basically telling you to be you (be strong like leather). 5/5
4. Poltergeist– I like the sampling in the beginning from Delgado, but man the band comes in with a cool rumble of the guitars. The track is called Poltergeist which is an entity that plays sick and cruel games out of pure enjoyment, but I don’t think that is what he is talking about exactly here. It’s more about a woman who plays games out of pure enjoyment. 4.5/5
5. Entombed– I’m not 100% positive about the lyrics of the track, but I think it’s about Chi who was in a coma at the time of recording. R.I.P. Chi Cheng 5/5
6. Graphic Nature– A quality track whose lyrics touch on a subject of a person creating a persona that is deceptive to others and himself. 4/5
7. Tempest– a track that starts slow and it has a nice build up and then when it happens the band comes in and it’s an explosion of sound that rumbles the earth and is just intoxicating. This is by far one of my favorite tracks on the record that deals with the end of the world. 5/5
8. Gauze– This track has a bombastic sound (if that makes sense) and I say that because it’s the best I can describe it. It has a driving sound during certain parts and the melodies during the chorus is pure bliss because I am a huge fan of Moreno’s vocals. 5/5
9. Rosemary– a track that starts off very slow and with a cool melody before a driving bass line comes in and helps. Then out of nowhere a sick metal riff comes in and drives the song forward in a track whose lyrics deal with time travel. 4.5/5
10. Goon Squad– Another track that starts off in the dreamlike state before it wakes up and gets loud the way we like it. The lyrics look like they deal with the band itself and how they are improving all the time. 4/5
11. What Happened To You?– An alt-rock flavored track that officially closes out the album. Some fans believe the track is about Chi, but I don’t think so cause it could be about relationships. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– The Deftones are one of those bands that every time they release an album, you can’t help but think that they are getting better and better. I thought the band couldn’t do any better than Diamond Eyes, but I was wrong when I heard this one. They are definitely one of those bands that I am glad that they distanced themselves from the Nu-Metal scene cause they were so much better than that. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.