Apocalyptic comeback from post-punk doom lords featuring Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on drums
Title aside, Killing Joke’s 11th album (and first since 1996’s Democracy) has much in common with their eponymous 1980 debut. Impending damnation, tribal rhythms and riffs like avalanches of white-hot granite?this is classic Killing Joke. Take “Asteroid” and “Implant”, the same kind of divine melodic carnage patented on 1981’s quintessential What’s THIS For…! The jaw-dropper, though, is “You’ll Never Get To Me”?an unexpectedly tender and blissfully tuneful proclamation of the lava-lunged Jaz Coleman’s raison d’etre?”survival is my victory”. A triumph indeed.