Killing Joke has released an awesome new album which is built around a "2012 end-of-days" theme. I never really fell in love with the previous album Absolute Dissent , but this new album is much closer to perfection, and it has been in my earphones at work for 3 days now on repeat.
It has some massively thundering industrial sounding tracks loaded with energy. The opener Pole Shift runs for 9 minutes and changes pace and mood many times throughout it's duration from a slow dream-like feel to almost aggressive and upbeat. It is a very cool way to open a great album.
I am not a fan of Jaz Coleman's distinct voice, but while he sometimes annoyed me on the previous album, it works much better here. He sounds like he means every word and we all know how fucking convincing he can be when live on stage.
The first 5 songs are all in your face with a massive wall of industrial punk sound, aggression, guitars and Colemans raw vocal. It fucking rocks! Rapture is one of the best of these great 5 tracks being a totally catchy, yet still very industrial hard-beating track.
In Cythera marks a total shift and with it's keyboard sound it could have fit in well on the old legendary Killing Joke album Night Time . Hell, the song almost sounds like a pop hit! Trance is another catchy track along the way and another favorite of mine.
Last song On All Hallow's Eve reveals a bit of hope for the future, so the people who believe or share Killing Joke's beliefs are not left all in tears. Personally I am just happy to be listening to this awesome album.