Friday, February 23, 2007

Killing Joke: Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell

Killing Joke has been around for almost 30 years. They were one of the first bands to mix hard rock with synthesizers and drum machines, and they're one of those bands that ages well. Their latest album, released last year, is called "Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell" because it was recorded in a basement-like enviroment. The production is very rough, and this was intensional. They didn't want to go for a "produced" type of sound. The songs are loud, distorted, and LONG! The average song length on this album works out to be approximately 6.89 minutes. This helps to explain why there's only 9 tracks. Like most Killing Joke I've heard, the songs on this album seem to be about the end of the world - while also managing to be about the current state of the world (which makes them that much more creepy and interesting). I'm actually a newbie when it comes to Killing Joke, but after hearing the song "Invocation" I immediately went out and bought several of their albums off of amazon. Now I can say that Killing Joke is one of my favourite bands. They have influenced a lot of other bands I like, such as Ministry, Nirvana, and Nine Inch Nails. Like most modern bands, there is a pretty extensive Wikipedia article devoted to their history. Check it out. They have a pretty interesting history, actually. They seriously thought that "the Apocalypse" would come in 1982. Well... maybe they were only off by a few decades. My money is on 2012, 2022, or 2060.

Listen to:

Killing Joke's Official Website
Killing Joke's obligatory myspace page
Buy Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell from Amazon

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Anonymous cchang said...

I love the tabla drum in the track. He also has a cool voice!

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