Sunday, May 22, 2016

Deftones - Koi No Yokan

The 2012 offering from Deftones continues in the direction that Chino Moreno has been driving their music since their self-titled release in 2003. Fans of the vocal style of Chino Moreno in early albums like Adrenaline and Around the Fur will only see glimpses of it here. But not to fear! There are tracks on this one that rival the best riffs from the early material. The guitars are layered beautifully and will demand multiple listens to fully sink in. There's so much going on. The first 6 tracks feel almost like a single track with things taking a surprising turn on the 7th track "Tempest", with the band venturing into their most doom/space/shoegaze territory yet, all layered on top of Chino's painfully honest screaming, the most intense vocal display I've heard of his. Can't wait to listen to the album "Gore", that they released last month.

On a side note, I hope Chino and Zach Hill do collaborate once more and give us another Team Sleep release! Also, could please Deftones and James Maynard Keenan get together to create another track like Passenger?!

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