Koi No Yokan is a title which suggests the members of Deftones have suddenly become weaboos (someone obsessed with Japanese culture to the point that you want to bash their face into a lamp post), but the term soon makes sense. Love at first sight wouldn’t make such a great album title, Koi No Yokan has a delicate feeling which just can’t be captured through literal translation.
Deftones don’t step into new territory with Koi No Yokan. This is the blend of heavy metal and emotional calm one has come to expect, but they’ve become masters of their territory. No longer do the soft and the heavy stay largely separate to create the highs and lows of the piece, the two meld together playing against each other simultaneously. ‘Swerve City‘ kicks things off with an intense riff to get the blood pumping and from there it’s a journey of love, pained or rough, with many tracks melting into one another thanks to the often gorgeous transitions. The light acoustic which intertwines ‘Rosemary‘ and ‘Goon Squad‘ is truly love at first sight. Or sound. It’s for the darkest hours of the night, when the light seems to far away. But it approaches before you’re too far gone.
An album to listen to when you need to learn a new phrase for your next Japanese class.