On their seventh studio album, Deftones prove that they don’t need to compromise aggression for ambition. Koi No Yokan ranges from brutal, blunt-force trauma (“Gauze”) to epic prog-rock atmospherics (the sprawling, enchanting “Tempest”). Opener “Swerve City” sets the tone immediately with a bludgeoning riff, but Deftones also take nuanced approaches to angsty tension, weaving meticulously crafted cosmic rock on “Entombed” and wading through murky, jagged textures on “Rosemary.”
“[Previous album] Diamond Eyes was capturing lightning in a bottle. We had just come together, had a lot of constraints in terms of time, so we’re just banging things out,” frontman Chino Moreno told Rolling Stone in September. “This time, we had a little more chance to experiment and just play.”
Koi No Yokan will be released on November 13th.