Killing Joke [2003] - Killing Joke
Killing Joke [2003] Image
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics What's this?

User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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.

See all 15 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. robertl
    Sep 9, 2003
    10
    Is there more absolute BLISS possible than when one of your original favourite bands resurrects itself with the brilliance that Killing Joke Is there more absolute BLISS possible than when one of your original favourite bands resurrects itself with the brilliance that Killing Joke has done with this masterpiece? Cheers to Jaz, Geordie, Youth and Paul (and Dave!) Expand
  2. Oct 18, 2014
    10
    Eleven years after it's release, this album still holds up big time. Classic Joke. A sonic explosion throughout. They were and still are theEleven years after it's release, this album still holds up big time. Classic Joke. A sonic explosion throughout. They were and still are the most influential band, post punk. Long may they annoy. Expand
  3. BonnW
    Sep 13, 2003
    10
    Cerebral intelligence, animal thrust, and lyrics that are spot on about how sick and tired any sane and intelligent human being should feel Cerebral intelligence, animal thrust, and lyrics that are spot on about how sick and tired any sane and intelligent human being should feel about the state of human affairs concerning how badly we're doing as a species. Killing Joke true to form. Expand
  4. maxc
    Oct 12, 2003
    10
    the fucking best metal cd ever
  5. ajay
    Dec 16, 2005
    10
    absolutely mind blowing , a must for all rock fans
  6. JAMIEH
    Aug 22, 2003
    9
    BACK TO THEIR HEARTBUSTIN BEST.
  7. nosferatu
    Feb 13, 2007
    9
    My favourite band still dominates the alternative scene. This is evidence of true talent, originality and staying power!

See all 23 User Reviews