Killing Joke [2003] - Killing Joke
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  • Summary: The first album in seven years for the UK punk outfit founded in 1978 features newly reunited members Jaz Coleman, Youth and Paul Raven, with Dave Grohl filling in on drums.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    The most vicious album of the year. [#23, p.84]
  2. Rarely have they sounded more comfortable with themselves. [Oct 2003, p.116]
  3. Fiercely intelligent, heavy as fuck, powerful and utterly concise, it's a perfect reminder of the potency of great guitar music and a kick up the jacksy of rock bands everywhere. Yup, it's that damn good.
  4. Killing Joke doesn't supersede the previous self-titled incarnation so much as it refines the band's legacy and sound without sacrificing an ounce of fury. The result is a real keeper.
  5. 80
    A triumph indeed. [Sep 2003, p.102]
  6. While Killing Joke's discography has more than its fair share of awkward and overly ambitious albums, they've once again returned to the fury and focus of their classics.
  7. If you wanna hear some Killing Joke, do yourself a favor and go get a copy of the band's original debut self-titled record or What's THIS For...! (which were complete trend-setters), because this latest release comes off as nothing but a lifeless self-parody of those albums.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. lewisg
    Aug 22, 2003
    In the hellish state the world is in at the moment the world needs killing joke.
  2. GeorgPeturS
    Jun 12, 2006
    A brilliant album,like every song on it,if you like this one,check out the new album hosannas from The Basemennts Of Hell,it is even better than this one! Expand
  3. marcusp
    Sep 10, 2003
    relentless, brutal, genius, masterful - go buy it now.
  4. johnnyk
    Oct 3, 2003
    I thought the albums after 'Etremities' were crap to be honest. This is a welcome return to form. Is 'Implant' one of the best Joke songs youve ever heard? Undoubtedly!! So relevant today. But basically - just boss tunes & guitars. Expand
  5. mikeRobeorman
    Oct 18, 2003
    Having ALL their records, this one is a definite keeper. For some reason, I have to crank it up after work and just dervish around. Andy Gill is a floggin' genius. A couple tracks are weaker than others, but on the whole a major kick in the ass! Expand
    Aug 22, 2003
  7. Chris
    Jan 16, 2004
    Excellent, and that's exactly why you missed it in your shitty Rolling Stone mag or turd burglaring MTV.If you listen to this,you'll grow balls as big as small dogs. Expand

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