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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 (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0009VY6NC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Tribal Antidote
2. Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
3. Invocation
4. Implosion
5. Majestic
6. Walking With Gods
7. The Lightringer
8. Judas Goat
9. Gratitude

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Killing Joke appear to have been around for ever but it's actually a mere 28 years. Their back catalogue is positively jaw dropping, their break-up/reformation history a book in itself.
This, their 12th studio album, has a considerable amount to live up to, following on from their eponymous 2003 offering, a bombastic, political crucifixion of Bush, capitalism and globalisation, all set to the sound of a huge object landing from a great height with a trainwreck in the background. One line alone; 'they're dropping bombs again and they're doing it in your name' (Seeing Red) said more than the entire musical output of 2003 combined.
So how do you follow that? Well at first glance, 'Hosannas' gives some cause for alarm. The political sentiments have been largely ditched, at a time when the middle east is in shreds, Iran/US tension is mounting by the day, the planet is heating up and bird flu looms....hold on, that cover artwork looks suspiciously like an avian/human hybrid.......
Moving swiftly along, we reach the music. Jaz's earth-shattering vocals are well down in the mix this time, slightly reminiscent of 'Mathematics Of Chaos' from 'Pandemonium', but nonetheless effective for all that. Lyrics are included in the booklet and are essential, so don't be a cheapskate and get your mate to run you off a copy -- just buy it!
To be honest, 'Invocation' is worth the asking price alone -- a giant rumbling riff, backing what sounds like an orchestra who've stumbled into the wrong studio, with Jaz roaring over the top. But there's more -- another eight tracks, all clocking in at excess of five minutes, and at the risk of mentioning birds again, not a turkey in sight. It's awesome, it's angry, it's phenomenal, it's -- well, it's Killing Joke.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
As Killing Joke continue down the path, enlightening new listeners to their tribal antidote it is worth considering that they are the true fathers of industrial rock.

That alone is not enough to guarantee a good review and in comparison with the first and previous KJ albums this doesn't quite hit the mark, but I would take issue with some of the other reviews on show, the rhythm section is rumbling away in full swing and perhaps they have decided to hit a new furrow with a straight forward rock feel.

The chunky sound of Tribal Antidote is followed by the exceptional Hosannas and then into the Communion world of track 3. Imposion is stunning and crunching in its intensity, yes the production is muddy in places, but that doesn't mask the quality of songwriting.

KJ have represented an all important strand in my life as a band who have still carried on the punk ideals, who start trends rather than follow and who still thrill me every time a new release appears. Hosannas is no different.

I've shown my Gratitude in buying this record, I strongly suggest you do the same.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dark Forces on 7 April 2006
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Long awaited follow-up to the awesome 2003 offering from The Joke. Bit of a curate's egg this one, but the good bits are - as usual - the best stuff you'll hear this year.

'Hosannas...' kicks off with a decent but unspectacular rocker, 'This Tribal Antidote', which sounds like it could be a candidate for a single. Then into the title track, which we've all played to death since being released as a single. It's still totally stunning though. On to 'Invocation' a string-driven stomper with a Middle Eastern feel which feels like it going to be an instrumental before Mr Coleman kicks in after a couple of minutes. Next is the other track previewed, 'Implosion', a cracking thrasher which has really grown on me. 'Majestic' reminds me strongly of 'Intravenous' off the 1990 album 'Extremities'.

Then the main course. And there's two of them - what a treat!! 'Walking with Gods' and 'The Lightbringer'. 'Walking...' really brings up the hairs on the back of my neck ("Push yourself to the limits of human endurance"). It's up there with the best tracks they have produced - EVER. 'Lightbringer' takes the riff from 'The Wait' on the eponymous first album from 1980 and stretches it into a blistering track nearly ten minutes long. Get in! Just listened to it three times on the bounce and it is totally Joke-tastic.

Truth be told the album fizzles out a bit after these monsters. Track 9, 'Judas Goat', I don't like after a couple of listens and the final track 'Gratitude' is a decent enough grinder very similar to a lot of the stuff on the 2003 eponymous album.

In summary, Jaz and the lads have delivered with this. Some staggeringly good tracks, a few not so good. But that's The Joke for you.

Also worth a mention is the incredible artwork on the CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
An album more powerful than this surely doesn't exist. Thunderous drumbeats power along Geordie's signature ice cold guitar riffs, thudding basslines and Jaz's raging preachings: this album has all you'd come to expect from a Joke album and more besides. With 6 tracks coming in at over 6 minutes, these are not songs - these are epic tales from the end of the world.
A hint of orchestration and Eastern flavour only support that this is no mindless thrash, these guys know exactly what they're doing. Enjoy loud in a darkened room.
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