Koi No Yokan is the seventh studio album by the American alternative metal band Deftones. The album was released through Reprise Records on November 12, 2012, in the UK and November 13, 2012, in the United States. The album was met with positive reception from professional critics on release. It debuted at no. 11 on Billboard charts with sales of 65,000 copies. According to Nielsen Soundscan the album sold over 180,000 copies to date in the US.
Band frontman Chino Moreno characterized the album as "dynamic" with a full range of noise, noting that more contributions were made to the album from bassist Sergio Vega compared to their previous record, Diamond Eyes. The Deftones recorded Koi No Yokan differently from their previous studio releases. This led to the more rhythmic sound featured on it. The major change in the recording process came with the use of the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX Preamp FX Processor. Koi No Yokan was actually the first album guitarist Stephen Carpenter used a different amp and cab as he did on those that preceded it. Fractal Audio creates the sound of multiple outboard amps and pedals and allowed for different tones. Bassist Sergio Vega said the group was able to "bring Fractal into hotel rooms and run it into software and record ideas and flesh them out later". The group tracked guitar, bass, and vocals. Then recorded drums, and replaced the guitar, bass, and vocals. Vega confirmed "everything was organic".Koi No Yokan marks the second album to not feature long-time bass player Chi Cheng, who was in a car accident in November 2008 which left him comatose or partially conscious state up until his death in 2013. The album was released on November 14, 2012, although there is no exact translation of the album title, in Japanese under the title 恋の予感 (Koi No Yokan), it means "Premonition of Love".
On September 19, 2012, the band released the song "Leathers" as a promotional single via a free download on their website. On October 8, 2012, "Leathers" was released as the album's first single. "Leathers" was also released as a limited edition cas-single with "Rosemary" as its B-side. On October 3, 2012, the song, "Tempest", premiered on PureVolume for streaming. "Tempest" was released as a single on October 9, 2012. Koi No Yokan was released on vinyl in four versions: a standard retail version pressed on 140-gram black vinyl (3,000 units); a direct-to-consumer version on 180-gram black vinyl with foil-stamped numbered jackets (1,000 units); an international edition pressed on 180-gram vinyl; and an exclusive edition sold through Hot Topic retailers pressed on 140-gram clear-colored vinyl (1,500 units). Rolling Stone called the album adventurously aggressive, and stated that, "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." The band also launched a tour on October 9, 2012 which ended on November 21 in Los Angeles. The band played at venues with capacities between 1,000 and 4,000 with the idea of fans being able to experience the music before the album even came out.
The album was met with overall critical acclaim. The aggregate review site Metacritic assigned an average score of 86 to the album based on 18 reviews, indicating "Universal Acclaim". With this score Koi No Yokan was among the eight best reviewed albums of 2012. Gregory Heaney or Allmusic wrote, "While a lot of bands out there have been tinkering with the loud/quiet dynamic for decades now, what makes Deftones so special is their ability to do both at the same time, effectively blending the calm and the storm into a single sound." Mischa Pearlman of BBC Music wrote, "It transcends the boundaries and expectations of its genre--even those previously set by the very band that made it." Al Horner of NME said of the album, "It's a shotgun blast of cranked guitars, bruising hardcore and canyon-sized choruses, and it's mesmerising." Greg Fisher or Sputnikmusic called it "a remarkably consistent effort" that "glitters with supreme melodies as much as crushes with massive riffs showcasing the quintet's most accomplished material in over a decade."
In May 2013, Revolver named Koi No Yokan Album of the Year at the 5th annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show.
^Wheeler, Brad (November 16, 2012). "Ruth Minnikin’s new album invites you into her heart and hearth". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 18, 2012. Koi no Yokan is a Japanese phrase referring to the feeling, upon first meeting someone, that you will eventually fall in love. Though it might be facile to suggest that the phrase applies equally to the music on this album, it wouldn’t be far from wrong. The Deftones have always had a way with instrumental sound, pulling elements from metal, alt-rock and shoegaze to create an emotionally evocative wall of guitars, but this time around the textures are even more closely tied to the songwriting. Perhaps that’s why the songs seem more deeply engrossing, from the darkly churning textures of Gauze to the almost pop-flavoured melodies of Entombed. -J.D. Considine