Monday, October 29, 2007

Listening Post

Words really can't do justice to the absolute authoritative might of Killing Joke.

From their early punk days to the more melodic later years, even on to their recent return to a sound that's almost Lovecraftian in its visceral brutality, the band has been an unstoppable force for close to 30 years.

Their sound is epic and apocalyptic, but at the same time passionate and beautifully moving. Every industrial and nu-metal band of the last two decades has owed its existence to Killing Joke; they've all basically played in the field plowed by Jaz Coleman, Geordie and company, whether they knew it or not.

This remains one of my all-time favorite songs.

From the 1985 Night Time album, it's Love Like Blood.


Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Paul Raven 1961-10/20/2007

Bass Player for Killing Joke

Chez said...

Damn, Raven died?

I had no idea.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Chez. I think Motley Crue stole the bridge for Dr. Feelgood.

xxxoooxxx. //chris

Al said...

Somewhere that album lives on in a crate with the rest of my vynil. Why does 1985 sound like a lifetime ago? Damn.

tony said...

Love Like Blood was one of my favorite songs to play at WVUM. I think it was only on a cart*...

*1/4" tape cartridge that looked like an 8-track**.

**The 8-track was a precursor to the audio cassette***.

***The audio cassette was the medium of choice for the modern "mix-tape" before CD's were affordably recordable.