Killing Joke [2003]

  • Record Label: Red Ink
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2003
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Outburn
    100
    The most vicious album of the year. [#23, p.84]
  2. 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.
  3. Alternative Press
    100
    Rarely have they sounded more comfortable with themselves. [Oct 2003, p.116]
  4. Killing Joke feels as fresh and exciting as 1981's album of the same name.
  5. Mojo
    90
    Grohl's pounding presence throughout lifts Killing Joke right back to the savage intensity of their early records.... The best punk album in years. [Aug 2003, p.106]
  6. It’s not the most subtle or nuanced album, you can’t really dance to it, and it’s not particular clever. What it is: brutal, full of hooks, rock solid and fucking loud.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Only the somewhat sterile production detracts from a fine reunion. [15 Aug 2003, p.76]
  8. Grohl's furious playing fits perfectly with the wall of rage erected by Joke vocalist Jaz Coleman and fellow founders Geordie Walker on guitar and Youth on bass.
  9. Uncut
    80
    A triumph indeed. [Sep 2003, p.102]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Blender
    70
    This is a credible update on the classic Killing Joke sound. [Oct 2003, p.118]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2016
    8
    The aptly self titled 2003 album from Killing Joke showcases some of the band's angriest and heaviest songs to date, which means you're in forThe aptly self titled 2003 album from Killing Joke showcases some of the band's angriest and heaviest songs to date, which means you're in for an absolute treat. Jaz Coleman has this incredibly menacing element to his voice that I haven't heard in any other vocalist. Add Dave Grohl on drums to the mix and the powerful riffs from Geordie Walker and you have an album that easily stacks up against their debut. "The Death and Resurrection Show" and "Asteroid" are strong contenders for the soundtrack to the apocalypse. "Seeing Red" and "You'll Never Get To Me" are a bit more melodic whilst retaining the heaviness of the album as a whole. It's got just enough fury and melody to satisfy fans of any era of the band's storied career. Full Review »
  3. nosferatu
    Feb 13, 2007
    9
    My favourite band still dominates the alternative scene. This is evidence of true talent, originality and staying power!