, the previous record from Deftones
, was the best rock album of 2010
. The band's follow-up, Koi No Yokan
, is definitely one of this year's strongest. It's a dazzling, layered collection of songs that twists alt-metal
into all kinds of crazy new shapes, achieving that rare feat of being both beautiful and aggressive. While other bands that started out in the mid-'90s are running out of gas -- or getting back together in the hopes of launching a comeback -- these guys are only growing stronger.
Read my complete review of Koi No Yokan
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