Gig Review: Killing Joke, The Institute, Birmingham, 31st October 2015 @Killingjokeband #MusicIsEverything

Quite the most appropriate band to see on Hallowe’en, Killing Joke are unique; almost unclassifiable. Some say Punk, some say Industrial, some say Goth – I say none and yet all of the above.

This Autumn, we see them touring their brand new album “Pylon”, possibly their most important and potent record since 1994’s “Pandemonium”.

Right from the off, the mix hammering out of the PA was bordering on sonic violence. Commencing with an almost gleeful version of “The Wait” and lurching into the hypnotic and relentless “Autonomous Zone”, Jaz Coleman fervidly demonstrated himself around the stage like a demented Hindu God.

DSC_0226Pausing briefly to greet the audience, there was a poignant moment in which Coleman reminded us that Hallowe’en was the time when we remember the dead, before the band crashed into the extremely pertinent “Absent Friends”.

DSC_0435Tonight’s set is an eclectic mix of brutal gems garnered from the last 30 plus years of their back catalogue. However, the jewel in the apocalyptic crown of tonight’s performance was “I Am the Virus”, the new anthem for a world going to Hell in a handcart.

Never a band who can be accused of predictability or commerciality, the inclusion of “Eighties” and “Love Like Blood” this evening were both somewhat unexpected but nonetheless warmly welcomed.

DSC_0333Killing Joke’s industrial brand of heavy metal disco and their vigorously expressive political commentary has illimitable relevance, and as such the band is in many ways still in their creative prime. And Hosanna to that!

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Album Review: Killing Joke – “Pylon” @Killingjokeband #MusicIsEverything

The latest offering from Killing Joke, “Pylon”, is due for release on 23rd October 2015, and it hits the mark exactly as you’d expect it to.

PylonAs a band that has released music in every decade since the 70s (which in itself is no mean feat!) and along the way addressed current affairs issues and personal matters with equal fervour, there is an obvious anticipation surrounding this album, and the hope that it would live up to its own hype is as high as it’s ever been.

Whether you pay deep attention to the political and physical state of the world right now or not, listening to songs such as “I Am the Virus” and “New Cold War” (my personal favourite from the album) accurately display the distaste and abhorrence the majority of us feel yet are afraid to show.

Ageless, tense, anthemic tunes such as “Big Buzz” and “Euphoria” exist here, feeding the imagination in a way that makes me think of nuclear fission and futuristic armies marching into battle.

I’m listening to riffs that writhe like tumbling skies (“War On Freedom” and “Delete”), and an eclectic mix of disco-ish and ethnic sounding drum styles (“Dawn of the Hive” and “Into the Unknown”) within this heart wrenching and thought provoking musical sensory assault, all of which makes “Pylon” THE turbulent post-apocalyptic soundscape for the 21st century.

Killing Joke: makers of music that instills fear into fear itself.

Stay tuned to Music vs. The World for a review of Killing Joke’s upcoming gig in Birmingham on 31st October!

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