Killing Joke have been marvelling music since the late '70s, and have long been a seminal and yet mostly unsung glory of the punk, and post-punk movements. Now, they hit on the industrial nu-metal spot with their new single release, Loose Cannon.
It starts like very old school Killing Joke, with odd synth musings morphing into the heaviest guitar riff possible. Jaz's hypnotic vocals are propelled along by original members, Youth and Geordie and all three are wonderfully meshed together by Dave Grohl's souped up drums, paying certain homage to Killing Joke's massive influence on Nirvana. There's a cool, bass-driven break, nice and swaying, that leads right back to the dark and sweet mood. Both are beautifully apocalyptic and brooding.
Killing Joke are musical pioneers and their sound still moves. This isn't the best single they've ever released, but it's certainly very good. They're playing in London soon. Catch them, dance, lose yourself.