Killing Joke Absolute Dissent

Rating: NNNThe idea to reform long-running industrial rock machine Killing Joke was conceived at the funeral of former bassist Paul.


Rating: NNN

The idea to reform long-running industrial rock machine Killing Joke was conceived at the funeral of former bassist Paul Raven, who died in 2007. Somehow this is morbidly appropriate for these British goth-punk pioneers they’ve always been a gloomy lot with songs about apocalyptic doom.

Their 14th studio album in an off-and-on 30-year career doesn’t deviate from Jaz Coleman and company’s previous work, and notably includes bassist Martin “Youth” Glover back in the fold. The tracks are long, grinding and relentlessly angry about the state of the world. But instead of “we’re all going to die” songs, we’re getting specifics: environmental contamination (The Great Cull), futuristic fascism (Absolute Dissent), 2012-induced pandemonium (Here Comes The Singularity).

Enjoy the record while you can, because apparently we’re all done for soon.

Top track: Here Comes The Singularity

Killing Joke hit the Phoenix on December 7.

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