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WITH A reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits with a string of revered recordings to their name.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s ... Read more in Amazon's Killing Joke Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: FAD
  • ASIN: B00000BIL2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Money Is Not Our God
2. Age Of Greed
3. The Beautiful Dead
4. Extremities
5. Intravenous
6. Inside The Termite Mound
7. Solitude
8. North Of The Border
9. Slipstream
10. Kaliyuga-Struggle
11. Bonus Track 1

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Kenyon on 14 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the great industrial album of the nineties,by the band that were around long before thatterm was ever given to a musical style. There are landmark moments on this album."Money is not our god" is anthemic Killing Joke at its best."Age of greed" is the ultimate comment on THIS age,consumerism,americanism - the whole picture.Coleman spits out the lyrics with pure hatred! Intravenous" is a ferocious eco-warning and features the sort of guitar riff only Geordie Walker is capable of. Fans of Pil & Pigface will love this fine example of Martin Atkins' drumming - his bass drum work on "North of the border" is exceptional. The only album made by this fine line-up (Coleman,Walker,Raven,Atkins);it is a MUST in anyone's collection. The best album of the nineties.They even said so when they released it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "scottusnorvegicus" on 14 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Joke erupted back on the scene with this little gem on the back of a couple of commercial sounding albums. The album can be described as nothing short of phenomenal. Jaz is on top form with his lyrics while Geordie and Raven's tunes are equally astounding. New boy Martin Atkin's drumming is superb, especially on Age Of Greed and North Of The Border. Extremities sounds quite like 80's thrash in some parts while The Beautiful Dead and Inside The Termite Mound sound like old school Joke. This album was a turning point in the band's history and it led to heavier territories (see:Pandemonium and Killing Joke 2003). Extremities... was, all in all, one of the best albums KJ have brought out. So far...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mutlien VINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
As previously written, this IS the greatest album the Joke ever made. It seems like a lifetime ago it was released and yet it still stands as a monumental piece of work against todays 'wannabes'. THIS is quite simply awesome.
From opener 'Money is not our god' through blistering tracks like 'Age of Greed', 'Intravenous', 'North of the Border' and the stunning 'Struggle', it makes you wonder how 4 guys could make such a fantastic sound. All 4 are on top form and Atkins' drumming is a perfect compliment to the vitriol spat by Jaz, and the scything guitar work of Geordie coupled with the driving bass of Raven....perfection.
You owe it to yourself and your record collection to own this album. Due to some legal stuff, this album won't be remastered, so get it while you can. For all lovers of industrial and pioneering rock!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Phillips on 1 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe this is now out of print - that's a shame if you don't allready own it 'cos if I had to pick one KJ album (one of my fave bands) as a favourite then this is it!

So powerful yet with huge depth of emotion and meaning and even more relevant today than when it was released.

Love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Killing Joke At Their Raging Best!!! 6 May 2005
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Killing Joke cd in all their years as a vital presence in underground music. Extremities has everything that makes Killing Joke one of the best bands out there, especially the rage and frustration towards the world. It is perhaps their masterpiece, filled with all the right touches from beginning to end. Once the music kicks in, you know that Killing Joke mean serious business.

Jaz Coleman's voice has never been more solid than in this hourlong cd excursion into varied aggression. Many harsh emotions pour out from track to track about such issues as power and greed (Money Is Not Our God)as well as destruction and poverty (Age Of Greed). Coleman's lyrics have never been more passionate and sincere, reacting to the world's problems,"I fill hate...don't be afraid to show your hate".

There is a deep-seeded anger that can't be ignored, listening to Extremities. Raven's bass continues to line in sync with the rest of the band. Geordie's guitars are as fierce as ever, perfect timing. Martin Atkins, formerly of PIL, fills in the drums and pounds amazingly despite the reality that this is the only KJ album he is featured in. "Intravenous" and "Struggle" instantly come to mind.

Deep down, my favorites in this cd are the ones that blend the rage with Coleman's mellower vocals previously heard in 1000 Suns and Outside The Gate. "Solitude" is haunting, esoteric,and filled with desperation. "Slipstream" seems to be a lighter song about time and age, sung to the backdrop of fierce

instrumentation. "North Of The Border" has these great riffs, lyrics, everything, including a nails-on-a-chalkboard effect.

Extremities is a tough-as-nails, poignant, violent response to many things that were wrong with society, and could still be reactive to the current state of affairs in the world. The band were as honest, loose, completely free-willed in their convictions as ever when this cd first came out in 1990. Fifteen years later, it remains Killing Joke's magnum opus.It pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the band.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Killing Joke's first "comeback" album. 12 Aug 2004
By Bighairydoofus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Following the very slick "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" and the truly awful "Outside the Gate", Jaz Coleman and KJ were finally rid of EG (their record label) and free to let loose. And let loose they do - this album hits like a kick to the solar plexus. Hard, raw and brutally honest, Jaz is back up on the bully pulpit preaching to us all.

Sadly, after Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, Paul Ferguson couldn't stand the direction in which the band was going and left. While this was a true loss, on this album Martin Atkins relentlessly drives the music forward with truly incredible drumming. Unfortunately it was destined to only last one album, as he couldn't get along with Jaz.

The lyrics are over the top. Yes, Jaz has always had a penchant for this, but the early albums had lyrics that were far more subtle. They aren't on this album, but they're better and come off with much more sincerity than the ones on Outside the Gate. At least this time around the subjects are more diverse and the music makes listening worthwhile. There is a bit of irony in the lyrics from the third track (the beautiful dead) bemoaning the lack of the "human element" in modern music: "all mod cons there was dust on the drums/ our electronic beat box got the job done" knowing now that KJ would go very heavy on synths and electronic beats on their next two albums makes these lyrics a bit amusing. Jaz is a mad genius after all, so we can forgive him his inconsistencies. The music is so good on this album that I just wish he'd relied more on it and less on subtle-as-a-sledgehammer lyrics, but oh well.

Geordie's guitar is just amazing, sooo heavy, chunky and it sings and whines and howls... I think this is some of his best work. Raven is great on the album as well.

This album ranks among the top five KJ albums. It's not their best, but it is worthwhile.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
AMAZING INCREDIBLE INSPIRED BRILLIANT 8 Jan 2004
By The Incredible Din - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...passionate, heavy, sensitive, BRILLIANT, melodic, ugly, beautiful, inspirational to all intense, compassionate, hurting and joyful people. This is as complex as the many facets of life. How could anyone who is ALIVE with experience and passion not love this work? If you love what it means to really rock and you use music for strength and energy and DEMAND depth and intelligence in your music then THIS is one for you. I could go on and on but I'll stop here and leave you all with love...
marc
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dort? Is that a joke? 2 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
it's a reissue of an album from the early '90s - a powerhouse of a CD that moves, slams and swings with furious drive and rhythm. Third, it may be the best thing Killing Joke ever did, marrying their love for obtuse rhythm with an unprecedented speed and anger to produce a work of stunning power. And while their convictions occasionally take them a bit over the top - witness the fairly laughable "You are an inspiration to me..." sound bite after "Money Is Not Our God" - it more often lends itself to a blaze of righteous rage (what was that PULP FICTION bible quote? something about feeling "furious anger?" Imagine that concept put to music - with molten guitar and ungodly drumming - and you've got the right idea).
Over the course of the album, the band moves from strength to strength -- ranging from the otherworldly would-be dance song "The Beautiful Dead" to the fantastic speed and anguish of "Slipstream" to the final gotcha! of "Kaliyuga-Struggle," which lures you in with an eerie, almost-soothing two minute instrumental... and then instantaneously segues into the hardest burst of killing music on the album. All in all, this is mighty tasty stuff. Dort, indeed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
And everybody said, "AMEN." 12 Jan 2002
By Scott Sweet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Extremities" restored my faith after "Outside the Gate." Geordie's guitar reigns supreme over the keyboards, Coleman sings with more abandon, and the lyrics convey outright hatred of greed instead of satirizing it.
The trademarks are present: odd chord progressions, tricky drum beats (Martin Atkins got game, y'all), and anti-materialism. However, this album is shot through with a big fat anger streak sorely missed in the two prior releases.
"Money Is Not Our God" kicks it off hard and fast. Then comes an even angrier KJ classic, "Age of Greed." Jaz continues to wail against the mindless excess of the new Roman Empire until the echo-laden guitar intro of "Slipstream." The heaviness of the first eight songs makes this song practically upbeat. They give us a chance to catch our breath with the keyboard piece "Kaliyuga," then bring the hammer down with "Struggle."
"The struggle is long
The struggle is hard
The struggle is beautiful"
Indeed.
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