(From Manchester Evening News UK daily, 7 October 2005.)
Killing Joke @ Academy 1
KILLING Joke have done it all. From spikey days at the Lyceum in the early eighties to recording studios on Sunset Boulevard - and still Jaz Coleman wants to get in your face and swear at you.
Part rock show and part sermon, the band have lost none of their love for the fight as they meld end-of-the-world guitars with irresistible grooves.
Opening up with Communion and Wardance, the band hammered through their back catalogue before coming up for air with Love Like Blood.
The current line-up of Geordie on guitar, Raven on bass and drummer Ben Calvert stir up a frantic whirlwind of energy that gives Coleman a solid bedrock for his frenzy, while still manging to muster real warmth and emotion
And after 27 years, countless albums and line-up changes, Killing Joke still speak the language that so heavily influenced Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine.
The crowd was packed with old faces and friends. Older, fatter, balder, but still just as spikey.