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Absolute Dissent

Killing Joke

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If this world were a better place, there’d be no need for Killing Joke to exist. As it is, the planet is coming unglued and these godfathers of industrial rock necessarily unleash a howling juggernaut of sound, bristling with slamming drums, bone-scraping guitar riffs and anti-authoritarian defiance. Band mainstays Jaz Coleman and guitarist Geordie Walker are rejoined by bassist Martin “Youth” Glover and drummer Paul Ferguson to revive the fiery spirit of early-‘80s punk on “Here Comes the Singularity,” “Depthcharge” and the title tune. Killing Joke balances the sheer brutality of tracks like “This World Hell” with the mesmerizing, slightly sinister groove of “European Super State.” The bleak yet catchy “Ghost of Ladbroke Grove” is a nod to the band’s early fascination with Jamaican dub. Coleman shreds and contorts his voice into a cry of pure outrage in “The Great Cull,” then delivers a reverent tribute to his late bandmate Paul Raven in “The Raven King.” For all of its rampant hostility and paranoia, Absolute Dissent ultimately feels like a cleansing experience, harsh but energizing.

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Fitting testament to a remarkable career

I struggle to describe Killing Joke to friends who've never heard of them. "Do you like NIN, Metallica, Daft Punk, INXS or Ministry? ... Yeah, well Killing Joke taught them everything they know."

"Absolute Dissent" is a quintesential Killing Joke album because it spans their entire history and evolution. The band literally got back together for this one. Youth's back on bass after the untimely death of Paul Raven, Geordie is once again pumping out killer riffs, Jaz's vocals are as gruff and powerful as ever while Paul Ferguson brings the signature tribal beats. Look no further than "The Great Cull," "In Excelsis" and "Here Comes the Singularity" for the band's hard-charging industrial post-punk sound. "European Super State" is a synth-heavy killer dance track and a nice reminder that these guys started out by turning New Wave to the dark side. There are other standouts but the track I keep coming back is the epic, hauntingly melodic anthem "The Raven King."

Buy this album, and then go back through Killing Joke's catalogue. You won't be disappointed.

very good

good tunes. good vibe. variety of sounds pulled from all stages of their career. sorry to say just so-so production. just doesn't have the sparkle or bite of the 2003 s/t album. KJ would benefit from going back to an outside producer i think.

PS -- i also bought the vinyl LP of this album and it is -- without doubt -- one of the nicest albums I've ever purchased (and i've been collecting for nearly 4 decades). super heavy, high-quality orange vinyl, and very high-end hardback gatefold sleeve. quite lovely. pick one up if you get a chance.

Great Album

Killing Joke has always been one of my favorite bands. When I listen to this album, I feel like I would expect to feel when listening to them. I wish I could describe it better than that, but I can't. I feel comforted somehow by listening to them. Nice job!

Biography

Formed: 1978

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Heavy and slow, Killing Joke (at least early in their career) were a quasi-metal band dancing to a tune of doom and gloom. They eventually became less heavy and more arty (the latter seems almost impossible) — more danceable, even — but early on they made some urgent slabs of molten dynamite that oozed with the power of thick guitars, thudding drums, and over the top singing. The origins of Killing Joke lie in the Matt Stagger Band. Paul Ferguson was drumming for the group when he met...
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