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Deftones Post ‘Koi No Yokan’ Album Artwork + Discuss Musical Dynamics


Deftones are inching closer to a new album, and have now revealed the artwork for their ‘Koi No Yokan’ collection (posted to the left). The visually intriguing cover, which they debuted at their website and Facebook pages, appears to be mirrored sections of a dark room, with only a dulled green entryway and glowing orange floor lights reflecting back.

The ‘Koi No Yokan’ album is due Nov. 13, and earlier this week Deftones unveiled that ‘Tempest‘ would be the lead single. The song features a drifting vocal line balanced with a certain amount of aggression, once again showing the dramatic shifts the band is able to pull off. The track follows the cuts ‘Leathers,’ ‘Rosemary,’ and ‘Roller Derby,’ which all surfaced in either live or studio preview form over the last few months.

Speaking of those dramatic shifts, singer Chino Moreno spoke about how the dynamics will play out on their new album in a recent interview. He told NME, “It’s not a super fast or slow record. It’s very dynamic. Some of my favorite things about Deftones are the dynamics. Yes, we’re a heavy band, but we’re not just in-your-face aggro the whole time, punching you in the face. There’s a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there’s also this very soothing element where there’s a lot of soundscapes rather than attack, attack, attack the whole time.”

While Deftones are known for their hard rocking intensity, Moreno says he also has a soft spot for electronic elements. He opened up to San Francisco’s Live 105 about his personal love of electronic music, but added that he’d likely never pursue dubstep like some of his rock and metal peers. He explained, “I’m not a big fan of dubstep, but there is so much good electronic music out there. I grew up in the ’80s, that’s probably why I like some of the earlier electronic [material] from Kraftwerk to all throughout new wave and things like that. A band like Depeche Mode would go out and record them hitting a trash can with a steel rod or something and recording it. And that would be one of their sounds of the drums. I love the creativeness of that kind of raw sampling.”

Deftones are currently out on tour building up to the ‘Koi No Yokan’ release. They’re sharing stages with Scars on Broadway, with shows lined up through the end of October.

Next: Top 10 Deftones Songs

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