Tempest (Deftones song)

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Single by Deftones
from the album Koi No Yokan
Released October 9, 2012
Format Download
Recorded 2012
Genre Post-metal[1]
Length 6:05
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, Chino Moreno, Frank Delgado, Sergio Vega
Producer(s) Nick Raskulinecz
Deftones singles chronology
"Swerve City"
"Swerve City"

"Tempest" is the second single by Sacramento, California-based alternative metal band Deftones, from their seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan. The song debuted on PureVolume's official website on October 3, 2012 along with a video featuring band members Chino Moreno and Sergio Vega giving some insight regarding the track. The song's lyrical content is representative of the supposed end of the world that would have occurred on December 21, 2012, according to various myths related to the Mayan calendar.[2] It was featured in the trailer for the film Jack the Giant Slayer and an episode of The Following. An instrumental version made an appearance in the film Furious 7.

Peaking at No. 3 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, Tempest became Deftones' most successful single on that chart, surpassing "Change (In the House of Flies)", which peaked at No. 9 in 2001.

The song has been described as post-metal.[1] It was placed at No. 2 in Consequence of Sound's article "The Top 20 Deftones Songs", with the song described as containing "[e]xpansive textures, Shakespearian lyrics, and multiple all-time-great riffs rolled into one banger".[3]

Track listing[edit]

iTunes single
No. Title Length
1. "Tempest" 6:05
Promo CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Tempest (Radio Edit)" 4:31






  1. ^ a b "Deftones: Koi No Yokan - PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.purevolume.com/news/deftones-new-single-tempest-koi-no-yokan-stream-premiere
  3. ^ Bogosian, Dan; Hadusek, Jon. "The Top 20 Deftones Song". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Deftones – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Deftones. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "Deftones – Chart history" Billboard Rock Airplay for Deftones. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "Deftones – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Deftones. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Deftones – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Deftones. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: 2013 (Year-End)". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 

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