Oct. 23, 2003
Killing Joke Has Last Laugh
By Randy J. Klodz
Though it has been nearly a decade since the U.K.-native punk-grunge
vets Killing Joke released an album, the wait ended in August when the band
released the second self-titled album of its catalog. Killing Joke will also
be playing its first Chicago date in years on Nov. 1 at Metro.
With its original line-up in tact, Killing Joke—which includes
Jaz Coleman on vocals, Geordie Walker on guitar and Youth Glover on bass—hired
guns Andy Gill to play guitars and ex-Nirvana drummer/current Foo Fighters
frontman Dave Grohl to man the drum kit on the album.
The album starts with a 7-minute barrage that is “The Death & Resurrection
Show” with its “Burn burn, burn brightly / Burn burn white heat” repeated
vocals behind a wall of grungy guitars and stomping drum beats. And with Coleman’s
“Burn brightly” the rest of the album glows like a piece of iron pulled from
Released as the album’s initial single, “Loose Cannon” begins with a
bouncy keyboard intro, then slowly erupts into a Tool-like guitar intro with
Coleman’s brooding “I’m a loose cannon” vocals.
Perhaps the only song on the record that won’t have punksters and metalheads
across the world banging their heads is “You’ll Never Get to Me,” which sounds
more like track that would be found on a U2 album, than a heavy Killing Joke
album. But this is taken in stride, as it’s a pleasure to find a mellow song
on a heavy album without the gesture of appearing forced.
Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets for this 18+ event are listed for
$15 each, with a show start time slated for 9 p.m. The popular heavy-rock
band Amen is scheduled to open the show. For more information on the band