Killing Joke
MMXII


2.5
average

Review

by Danyll USER (2 Reviews)
May 10th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perhaps the joke's on them...

Killing Joke polarise opinion. It's an inescapable fact. For nigh on 30 years the band have been riffing off of this truth; fans have never quite known what to expect from their next release. Punk to post-punk to tribal rock... Goth, 80's hair-pop to industrial metal. You name it and they've probably had a crack at it somewhere down the line. And yet, despite the genre hopping over the years, they still have an unmistakable sound, an undefinable essence.

MMXII is a monster of an album. it isn't long (about 50 minutes), yet the weight of it's subject matter pushes itself on the listener, forcing them to take notice. There's also a sheen to the production not seen on a Killing Joke album since 2003's self titled effort. And yet, despite the full sounding nature of the record, there seems to be something missing.

MMXII isn't a bad album. Geordie Walker's trademark buzz saw guitars are present, Big Paul's drum's batter their way through the album, and Coleman's venomous vocals are sounding better than ever. There's some flashes of brilliance on the MMXII, but that's part of the issue. There just aren't enough.

This isn't easy to say - this writer being a die-hard fan - but MMXII feels rushed; it's the sound of too little ideas being stretched too far. Songs often feel overlong and padded out, the opener, 'Pole Shift' being a perfect example. It can sometimes be a real effort to keep from pushing the skip button.

MMXII could have benefited from some serious editing. The Joke are supposed to be uncompromising, but not boring. That said, the good material that is here is very, very good. Rapture is a whale of a tune that fully shows off what the Killing Joke of 2012 can sound like. Fema Camp features a behemoth of a riff - it could almost have been taken straight off of Pandemonium.

Some might say that this album is a grower. Having given this album several months to sink in, there seems to be little truth to this statement. One dares to imagine this is the band finally sounding as old as they are, running out of things to say. Let's hope not, Killing Joke deserve the last laugh.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Acanthus
May 10th 2012


9543 Comments


Tiny paragraphs... the norm's are changing!

Haven't got this album yet, not sure if I will tbh.

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porch
May 10th 2012


8459 Comments


a change for the better

but you could still flesh this out a bit more, there isn't enough actual criticism of the album

Wizard
May 10th 2012


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds exactly where they should be, seeing as they really haven't changed much over the past few albums. And it feels rushed?

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ThroneOfAgony
May 10th 2012


3485 Comments


I've heard bits and pieces of this album and I remember being impressed. I'll check this out

Alright review, and as Porch said, you didn't dive down into much detail about the album. Make sure you do that next time.

Danyll
May 11th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it. I'll be certain to flesh out further reviews.

I maintain that the album feels rushed. They seem to have hurried through the quality control part of the writing process, at least on the last couple of albums.

Decapod
May 11th 2012


1009 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Respect your opinion/review. Album is VERY good though... I really don't get how you think it feels rushed. The songs seem well developed, and the overall vibe of the record is spot on.

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porch
May 11th 2012


8459 Comments


their last two albums are sterile bullshit

Decapod
May 12th 2012


1009 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pandemonium and Brighter Than A Thousand Suns will always be my favorite. I could see how you would feel that way, porch.

NonApplicable
June 28th 2012


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree with you about this album being boring. I got into the band through Absolute Descent and was extremely disappointed to hear that the majority of the energy was zapped on this release.

MrElmo
July 12th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved this album, for me it feels like the good version of hoshanna's....



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