Decibel Magazine brings you “In Cythera,” from KILLING JOKE’s MMXII full-length. Released in North America on October 30, 2012 through Spinefarm Records US, MMXII is a dense and multi-layered work. The songs – 11 in total –are great washes of sound; a death disco with mammoth slabs of guitar that soundtracks our dangerous times. It’s an end-of-time album that somehow finds moments of optimism in the downward swirl of the planet. Finding hope in the apocalypse, this album just could be KILLING JOKE’s magnum opus.
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Also be sure to check out our review of the album.
At a time when the news is on fast-forward and the planet seems to be descending into lunacy, who better than KILLING JOKE to reflect such a sentiment? When their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul reconvened in 2008 after working together intermittently, that strange voodoo once again filled the room. Individually, they have a power, but together they have something sulphurous and strong that few bands can match. KILLING JOKE are not an average band with an average agenda; they lock the door and let the ritual commence, and MMXII is the result.
“[MMXII] easily ranks amongst some of the band’s most critically acclaimed efforts …it will stand as one of the best albums to emerge from 2012.” — Blistering
“What KILLING JOKE have offered up to us is another slice of their genius. This band doesn’t simply write music, the open their minds and souls and leave it all on the album. Themes that played into the band’s first album are still alive in this record, though they’ve taken another form. KILLING JOKE is about evolution, about the forward thought and new ways of a mankind we would all be a part of.” – Crave Online
“Dense forest, dark threatening shadows and the heaviest of missives. Indeed, as the title nods to the on-rushing apocalypse, and even if one takes serious note of such a prophecy, it is still warming to discover that, in the final year of man’s painful plight, Killing Joke are still making the kind of record that my partner referred to as ‘Stormin.’” – The Quietus
“The thing about this album is its flow and solidity: The sound doesn’t progress too far from four-on-the-floor, dense chords and repeated anthemic lyrics, but there are bits that make it sound so special, so unlike what KJ have done before.” – Ultimate-Guitar
“MMXII is not a celebration of the destruction that comes with the impending apocalypse; instead, it’s a scared preparation, which makes it easier to relate to and a lot easier to be terrified by. In trading out excess for introspection, they manage to hit a very human vein quite effectively.” — PopMatters