Normally, I hate when an old school band plays a show and subjects us to every track on their new (usually not so good) album. Strangely enough, the opposite was the case with this Killing Joke show. In 2010, Killing Joke released their first album by the original line-up since 1982′s Revelations. The album is called Absolute Dissent, and it is absolutely fucking brilliant from top to bottom. Inspired by and dedicated to former bass player Paul Raven, who passed away in 2007, the album is a combination of the many different styles that Killing Joke has adopted throughout their 30+ year career.
The last time I caught Killing Joke was in 2008 when they did a 2-night stand at this same venue, focusing one show on their first 2 albums and the other show on their mid to late-90s material. So as far as I was concerned, the band was free to play whatever they wanted, hopefully leaning heavily on Absolute Dissent. What I got was a mix of Absolute Dissent and the first 2 albums, with some perennial KJ favorites thrown in. The band sounded great, though I think the guitar was a bit low in the mix. The only complaint I have is that they didn’t play “The Raven King” which is my favorite track off the new one.
Post- show, I linked up with TSOI operative Avalanche for some adult beverages at a watering hole conveniently located next to the backstage entrance to Irving Plaza. After about an hour or so, Jaz and Geordie happened to exit, so I decided to go in for the autograph. I grabbed some paper from my bag that turned out to be my homework for the class I was taking at the time. I ended up with some scribble that I can’t really decipher, (Geordie wrote something about “Spacial Awareness”, Jaz wrote “You Will Succeed”…I think). They weren’t exactly traditional autographs, but when you’re a founding member of Killing Joke, you can write whatever the fuck you want on my HVAC Design homework.
Even though there are literally 5 million recordings of “Love Like Blood” live (I counted), I included it because scientific studies have conclusively proven that it’s pretty much the best song ever written. I’ve also posted “Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove” off the new one as well as the classic ”Change” from the debut album.
Irving Plaza 12/03/10
Love Like Blood
European Super State
This World Hell
The Fall of Because
Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove
The Great Cull
Download: Love Like Blood (Live)
Download: Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove (Live)
Download: Change (Live)