Richard G. : After exploding onto the scene in 1995 with 'Adrenaline', expanding their success with 'Around The Fur' (1997) and peaking commercially and creatively with 'White Pony' (2000), it took Deftones two album cycles and no less than ten years to recover from the effects of fame and glory. 'Deftones' (2003) and 'Saturday Night Wrist' had their moments, but were rather inconsistent efforts, to say the least.
The creative process that led to 'Diamond Eyes' (2010) meant a turn-around for the band. The found renewed pleasure in playing music and the compositions were radiating with freshness. The perfect balance was struck between band-defining aspects as the expressivity of Chino Moreno's vocals, electronic sound experimentations and the delicious slick yet sluggish riffs by Stephen Carpenter. What counted even more was that the band managed to capture all these elements in a perfect collection of great songs that stuck to the inside of your brain already after merely one listen.
And on their new album 'Koi No Yokan' the band is audibly still riding high on the positive creative flow. First and foremost, Deftones prove that they are true masters in the craft of writing actual songs. In comparison to 'Diamond Eyes', the heavy, metallic aspect is less prominent (though the band of course still has its heavy moments). Instead of this, they have focused more on setting a certain atmosphere on the songs. Completely in line with the connotations that come with the album title,
the Japanese term for the notion of 'love at first sight', the record is bursting with feelings of romance, despair and other sensibilities. Seldom did Chino sound so varied and not since 'White Pony' was a Deftones record so coherent. 'Koi No Yokan' is a strong effort by a strong band that finally seems to have re-found the correct creative path for good.