Monthly Archives: November 2012

Deftones “Koi No Yokan” Free Album Stream Now – Best Record Since “White Pony”

This is an awesome week for new hard rock releases with the new Soundgarden and Deftones albums dropping tomorrow. The new Deftones tracks on Koi No Yokan are currently streaming for free at AOL Full CD Listening Party starting right now.

From what we have heard so far, this new disc contains the band’s heaviest and most melodic material to date. If you are obsessed with classic Deftones’ songs such as “Change,” “Be Quiet and Drive,” “Digital Bath,” and “Minerva” then you are in for a hell of a treat.

The album opens up with a gem known as “Swerve City” – which features some of the band’s illest grooves – followed by another great track “Romantic Dreams” and the blistering first single “Leathers.”

Koi No Yokan is a very disciplined and mature effort from the Deftones. The album has a feel most similar to 2000’s White Pony. Can this disc top that? …eh, quite possibly. I am already building a strong case for it. Did I mention how sick the melodies are on this record (see “Entombed,” “Rosemary”)?

You can listen to all of the tracks in their entirety here now for free. The Full CD Listening Party on AOL is only available for the week so head on over ASAP. Then go to iTunes or Amazon MP3 starting Nov. 13 to download.

You can expect to see this record on the Gears of Rock’s Top 10 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal albums of 2012 list.

Koi No Yokan Track Listing:

“Swerve City“
“Romantic Dreams“
“Graphic Nature“
“Goon Squad“
“What Happened To You?”

I hope this isn’t coming off like a giddy teen for One Direction (also have new album Take Me Home streaming free at AOL), but this is the most excited that I have been about the Deftones in over 12 years!

Koi No Yokan will be spinning in my car stereo for years to come; it’s an amazing album beginning to end. If time permits – and it won’t – I will provide a more detailed album review.

Review: Aerosmith “Music from Another Dimension!” [2012] – Powerful comeback or pile of waste?

Music From Another Dimension! is Aerosmith’s 15th studio album and the band’s first release since their putrid blues-based cover album Honkin’ on Bobo from 2004. The burning question in this album review: Is this new record a powerful comeback album of sorts or another over-produced heap of slop?

The legendary Boston hard rock group has been through their share of ups and downs over the last six years: from frontman Steven Tyler’s throat surgery to their very own Guitar Hero game; from mega world tours to the band’s near implosion; and of course Tyler’s stint as a judge on American Idol.

Music from Another Dimension! has its strengths and weaknesses. Commendable attributes include beat-heavy tracks such as “Out Go The Lights,” “Lover Alot” (that is how the band spells it), and “Beautiful” led by drummer Joey Kramer; aggressive riffage and lead guitars from the mighty Joe Perry-Brad Whitford tandem on “Street Jesus” and the first single “Legendary Child;” and I hate to admit it, but the duet with country superstar Carrie Underwood on “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” is pretty damn good.

Weaknesses lie in the album’s length, which ultimately means that there is too much fluff. If this record featured 11 – 12 at the max – of the strongest tracks, it would be able to stand up to their work of the early 1990’s (not the magic of the mid 1970’s, let’s be realistic). I would cut away the fat, namely the final three songs: “Closer” (a sluggish ditty), “Something” (a trampy dragger), and “Another Last Goodbye” (a soft piano ballad, which would be great – it was penned by the masterful Desmond Child – if someone of Freddie Mercury’s caliber was on the mic).

The opening track “Luv XXX” leaves me with mixed feelings. The leads are strong and parts of the tune groove; however, a leadoff song needs to energize listeners, not entrap them in a state of monotony. One thing is for sure: the album gets much better.

All in all, Music from Another Dimension! is a good hard rock album, featuring the band’s best material in over a decade. The presence of producer Jack Douglas (Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic) is a nice touch, Tyler is one of the greatest frontman of all time, and Perry’s leads are worthy of idol worship. This is not a pile of over-produced crap, which is precisely what I was expecting. Therefore, Music exceeds expectation in the Gears of Rock’s book. 3.5 STARS