Hey east coast, how about that snow storm yesterday? That was lots of fun, right? I spent the day posting photos of the blizzard on the FaceBook and gleaning my in-box for bitchen new music videos to share with you. Here’s what I found: it’s the appropriately entitled “Euphoria” — another new video from Killing Joke’s latest album, Pylon, which was released this past October. Both the song and the video are pretty fucking excellent.
Much of what was said about the group’s video for “I Am The Virus” — which made an appearance in this very space back in September 2015, also applies here. The goruso sound as menacing and melodic as they did way back in 1978, or whenever it was that they released “Requiem” as a single, and I lost my teenage mind over its greatness. And Jaz Coleman is still completely fucking insane. You either love Killing Joke or you don’t. I can’t make you have good taste. Enjoy!
When it comes to making dangerous music that reliably brings the Sturm Und Drang while also maintaining a tenuous grip on melodic pop sensibilities, nobody beats Post Punk/Industrial legends, Killing Joke. While we are not super fond of the current phenomenon known as the Lyric Video, when you have a chance to post new a Killing Joke video, you put your personal preferences slightly off to the side, just as we have long since forgiven Jaz Coleman for allowing one of his band’s most menacing anthems to be used as the theme music for a Short-lived TV Sitcom. Yes, it happened.
I don’t know what to say about “I Am The Virus” except that it provides solid evidence that Killing Joke refuse to compromise on their sound, ever. There is no rap/metal Killing Joke and there is no EDM Killing Joke; there is only hard, fierce aural terror that comes from guys who also know how to play their instruments. What other band that’s been around for over 3o years can you even say that about? I ask yez.
“I Am The Virus” comes from the group’s sixteenth studio album, Pylon, releasing October 23rd, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. Enjoy, bitches.
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