About Killing Joke
Heavy and slow, Killing Joke (at least early in their career) were a quasi-metal band dancing to a tune of doom and gloom. They eventually became less heavy and more arty -- more danceable, even -- but they made some urgent slabs of molten dynamite that oozed with the power of thick guitars, thudding drums, and over the top singing. The group's brutal sound emerged from U.K. punk and anticipated industrial, but the pummeling impact of their sound also endeared them to the distaff side of the metal community, and their uncompromising nature allowed them to stand on their own regardless of context. 1980's self-titled debut album was a ferocious statement of purpose, 1985's Night Time opened up their sound, 2003's Killing Joke included longtime fan Dave Grohl sitting in on drums, and 2021's In Dub Rewind (Vol. 1) saw them radically revisiting their past work.