Killing Joke have been through a number of different musical phases, but the spirit behind them remains the same.
I think this is the strongest of all KJ albums - anxious, intense, edgy, angry, passionate and powerful. Oh yeah, and well-produced too. The Joke's latest album, 'Absolute Dissent' is powerful too, in it's metal onslaught, Jaz's bellowing vocals, and the end-of-the-world lyrics. But 'Extremities' is more powerful in it's greater 'subtlety'. Jaz makes a better job of singing, the guitar is sharper, the drumming heavier... The whole thing holds together well, including the instrumental synthesiser track 'Kaliyuga', and the album feels more apocalyptic than 'Absolute Dissent'. At first I just wanted to play the standout tracks - 'Money Is Not Our God', 'Age of Greed', 'The Beautiful Dead' and 'Inside The Termite Mound', but the other tracks are good too - though some of them aren't instant, but 'growers'. 'North Of The Border' for instance didn't do it for me immediately, but it got under my skin after a few listens. I love the albums 'Nightime' and 'Pandemonium', but if I could only have one KJ album it would probably be this one