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The title of this, Deftones’ seventh studio album, is a Japanese term for the notion of love at first sight. Don’t be fooled, though – the Sacramento alternative metallers haven’t gone all soft and soppy.
Far from it, in fact. Koi No Yokan follows on from 2010’s highly acclaimed Diamond Eyes, and marks the band out – once again – as one of the most progressive and innovative heavy outfits operating today.
Balancing devastating, destructive heaviness with moments of nuanced tenderness, these 11 songs confront and comfort simultaneously, pushing and pulling in opposite directions but always moving forwards.
Koi No Yokan, though, is very much a complete album – the sum of inseparable, interlinking parts. Certainly, the harrowing energy of Leathers and the graceful melancholy of Entombed are strong enough to stand alone, but it’s as a complete piece of work that this record truly thrives.
It stands, monolithic, as a testament to the power and tenacity of human spirit – the hope, love, pain and wonder of life. As such, it transcends the boundaries and expectations of its genre – even those previously set by the very band that made it. Love at first sight has never sounded so good.–BBC Review