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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. Outburn
    100
    The most vicious album of the year. [#23, p.84]
  2. Alternative Press
    100
    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. 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.
  6. Uncut
    80
    A triumph indeed. [Sep 2003, p.102]
  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: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. lewisg
    Aug 22, 2003
    10
    In the hellish state the world is in at the moment the world needs killing joke.
  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. marcusp
    Sep 10, 2003
    10
    relentless, brutal, genius, masterful - go buy it now.
  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. Chris
    Jan 16, 2004
    9
    Excellent, and that's exactly why you missed it in your shitty Rolling Stone mag or turd burglaring MTV.If you listen to 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
  7. 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. Expand

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