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With a reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock's most iconic & influential outfits. Now, 30 years since first bonding in blood, the original line-up of Jaz Coleman (vocals), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson (drums) release their 13th studio album, 'ABSOLUTE DISSENT'. Produced by the band, mixed by engineer Clive Goddard, this latest set of recordings - put together in London, Spain & Prague - has seen the aforementioned musicians sharing studio space for the first time in 28 years, having already road-tested their relationship with sold-out shows around the world, kicking off in Tokyo last Autumn

1. Absolute Dissent
2. The Great Cull
3. Fresh Fever From The Skies
4. In Excelsis
5. European Super State
6. This World Hell
7. Endgame
8. The Raven King
9. Honour The Fire
10. Depthcharge
11. Here Comes The Singularity
12. Ghosts On Ladbroke Grove

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B00406V85G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With a reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits with a string of revered recordings to their name.
Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s ... Read more in Amazon's Killing Joke Store

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Can't wait to see them live in a couple weeks.
D.M. Cross
This one of the rare bands that can still continue to put out good music after so many years.
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I would recommend this album to anyone who thinks for themselves and enjoys dark music.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Herbert West on October 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Being a hardcore music fan who listens to hundreds of artists, I tend to be careful when using the words "amazing" or "breath taking" when reviewing a record. However, Absolute Dissent, Killing Joke's first album with their original line-up in 28 years, fits those descriptions in spades.

First, if you are not a long time fan of the band, I have to almost recommend you just dont bother. This one was made for the fans and for Killing Joke themselves. After all, they do have a 30 year anniversary to be celebrating. If you are a fan of the band's eclectic output from start to finish then you will adore this record. It is equal in both beauty and brutality, heavy yet melodic. The production is so blisteringly NOISY it almost hurts my ears, yet the melodies come SOARING though to the front. Paul Ferguson is the big surprise here, marking the first KJ album he's been on since Brighter Than A Thousand Suns in 1986. If you are a fan of his 80's tribal sound where he mostly utilized the tom toms and high hat, you may be a bit disappointed. However, I assure you the sound of him hitting that snare will make your head explode and thats a good thing. He is like a human metronome on this record. Geordie's guitars, well you know, they are stellar as ever. Distorted and melodic. Hes pretty consistent on the guitar. Youth's bass sounds EVIL. It is equally distorted (is he playing a Rickenbacher?)and deep. The true highlight of this album is Jaz's vocals. He has range on this album not seen in a long time. While he still retains that chilling howl he has used since Extremities, he also sings clear and gracefully as well. Top form for sure.

For me the stand-out is the album as a whole.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric T. Goodrich on December 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Don't judge this album by the MP3s that are available. They sound horrid! The CD sounds so much better, and really gives you the accurate picture of how this menacing masterpiece was supposed to come off.
It's not a return to anything but jamming together as the original line-up. This album is very "of the times" and stands up to anything that's come out this year, with great qualities from memorable times gone by. All you critics out there can talk big about how it turned out, but you couldn't match it if you tried. So, actually buy the CD instead of being a cheapy downloader, and listen again!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D.M. Cross on December 5, 2010
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One of their best ever. Hard-hitting, melodic, uplifting, angsty... it's Killing Joke!

1 Absolute Dissent: 9/10 Hard hitting opener, sets a great tone. Great danceable groove. Really reminds me of early KJ.

2 The Great Cull: 9/10 One of those classic jagged riffs KJ is so good at. It's almost like an off-groove and once you catch it, it is incessant.

3 Fresh Fever From the Skies: 7/10 One of those pounding, motion-drumming songs. Sounds like it could've been off KJ2003.

4 In Excelsis: 10/10 One of their best songs ever. uplifting and anthemic. Raise your fists and dance.

5 European Super State: 10/10 Techno-ish and danceable, with great lyrics and a nagging hook.

6 This World Hell: 8/10 Slow, sludgy one chord riff. Jaz howling at the apocalypse.

7 Endgame: 9/10 Another great groove, with Jaz just spitting out venom.

8 The Raven King: 10/10 One of those great melodic songs they do so well (like Jana or You'll Never Get To Me). Jaz stretches his voice to the limit in absolute cathartic beauty. Breath-taking.

9 Honour The Fire: 9/10 Another melodic, mid-tempo song with really heartfelt lyrics. "As we get older, we cry..." Great stuff.

10 Depthcharge: 7/10 Another jagged riff with a pounding chorus. It suffers only by comparison to the songs around it.

11 Here Comes the Singularity: 6/10 My least favorite on the album, but again, it's not bad, it just suffers from the brilliance around it. The verses are fine, it just never seems to move into a good chorus.

12 Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove: 10/10 A great dub-like feel to this. It took a few listens to really get it, but once I did, I was hooked. I'd love to hear more like this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Wohlleb on October 22, 2010
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There is so much confusion concerning this release: ever changing release dates, tracklists, singles and e.p.s, even a change of title. The fact is, this is Killing Joke's 13th studio album. There is no album called Feast of Fools. There is no Industrial Suicide Tribe E.P. There is no European Superstate Single (as of this date). Right now, what we have is the In Excelsis E.P., and Absolute Dissent. The tracklist of Absolute Dissent is as follows:
1. Absolute Dissent
2. The Great Cull
3. Fresh Fever from the Skies
4. In Excelsis
5. European Superstate
6. This World Hell
7. Endgame
8. The Raven King
9. Honour the Fire
10. Depthcharge
11. Here Comes the Singularity
12. Ghost of Ladbroke Grove

With
13. European Superstate (Youth Remix)
14. European Superstate (Clive Goodard Extended Mix) On the Japanese Import.

And:
13. European Superstate (Dubstep Mix) on the EU iTunes version.

The version of Ghost of Ladbroke Grove and Endgame are the same as the In Excelsis versions. The version of In Excelsis and Fresh Fever are different than the e.p. The album versions are 4:04 (In Excelsis) and 3:24 (Fresh Fever), whereas the e.p. versions are 5:15 (In Excelsis) and 3:52 (Fresh Fever). The e.p. also includes Kali Yuga and Ghost of Ladbroke Grove (Dub) and there is another track entitled I Buy (feat. Tim Burgess) from the Classic Rock: With a Little Help... Compilation.

Aside from that, there are actually 6 songs still unreleased from the Absolute Dissent recording sessions. They are: A Sixth Sun (reportedly going to be on the ESS single), Feast of Fools, I Am War, The Crossing Point, Timewave, and Industrial Suicide Tribe.

That should bring you up to date.
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