This week Deftones, one the most unique and boundary-pushing rock bands out there today, released their 7th studio album, ‘Koi No Yokan’. In honor of the release we’re featuring the single “Tempest.” You can tell times are changing in the music industry when a moody, six minute song about the apocalypse is chosen as the lead single. The track is heavy on atmospherics and slow buildup before a huge cathartic release.
“Tempest” is to me what it would sound like if Pink Floyd were to do metal: still bubbling with soundscapes of distant planets but with heightened adrenaline via a crunchy wall of guitars. Deftones experimented with their darker side on the divisive ‘Saturday Night Wrist’ but this takes the foreboding sounds of that album to a new level of emotion and competency. Few bands are album to combine so many different moods and elements into a single dynamic track the way this band is able to. “Tempest” may not be the catchiest song you’ll hear this year, but if you let it wash over you, you’re in for an epic experience. And just like the Floyd, if you hear the song in the context of the album as a whole, your appreciation for the song and the brilliant way it fits into a larger work makes it all the more rewarding.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer