Killing Joke need little introduction. Taking their name from a British phrase referring to an ironic or paradoxical situation or event, their brand of apocalyptic post punk and fiercely intense live shows fast established... more » them as one of the most original bands to emerge from the UK in the late 70?s. Fronted by self confessed misanthropist Jaz Coleman, his influence, along with guitarist Geordie and bass players Youth and later Raven, can be found in bands such as Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Therapy?, Nirvana and many more. Killing Joke - XXV Gathering: The Band That Preys Together Stays Together was filmed on their sold out 25th Anniversary show at the Shepherd?s Bush Empire in London and captures the band at their very best. Singer Coleman?s intense stage presence is unmatchable still after all these years while the titanic guitar sound of Geordie is awe-inspiring. Tracks like War Dance,Wait, Psyche and Song and Dance seem more relevant now than the day they were written, while opening track Communion is mesmerizing. Finally it?s now Killing Joke?s time. Killing Joke- XXV Gathering: The Band That Preys Together Stays Together is the only DVD available from Killing Joke. Tracklisting:
"Being a 30s something Brit and having grown up with Killing Joke over the last 25 years, I can appreciate their musical output and ethos on so many levels. Seeing Killing Joke live is not so much a concert as it is an experience. The sheer sonic bombardment of your senses, the intensity of the occasion and the eerie, mesmerising and at times frightening stage presence of Jaz Coleman make for heady stuff indeed. Question is, does this DVD in any way capture that? Amazingly, yes it does! The sound is bone shattering, the visuals add enormously to the effect and message of the songs and the staccato editing give the DVD presentation a real edge. And then we have Jaz. What can you say? The perfect commentator on social decay, environmental collapse, cheque (check) book politics, etc. And all done with his unique excited smirk which says, "This is GREAT! I told you this would happen!".
The interview with Jaz lasts for a good 30+ minutes and is very revealing and interesting. He talks about the early days of KJ, the new drummer, being an ex-pat :-), conspiracy theories. Lots to keep you entertained. The rehersal and soundcheck footage is a hidden extra (go to the interview and hit the next chapter button on your remote) and only lasts for 5 minutes. It's mainly live footage from other shows, some rehersals, some goofing around and a few words of wisdom from Jaz himself. This footage plays to parts of some studio songs, so it's not the actual sound of the footage itself, which is a pity.
If you've never seen KJ play live this DVD will give you a really good idea about what it's like. An excellent music DVD featuring a unique, genre defining band at the top of their game. Highly recommended."
Max | Maryland, USA | 01/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seeing as this is the 25th year for the band, and this is their only "official" DVD, this is a "must buy" for fans. Killing Joke won't be around forever, and really do make a sonic impact in a live setting that you cannot get from any recorded medium. So, in, say, 10 years time this will have to do as the closest you cancome to a real Killing Joke experience. As for the song selection: Of course I have some different choices. I'm sure you do, as well. But There's not one song on here that I dislike, and I bet you like most of the songs on here, if you are a fan already. If you know nothing of Killing Joke, I really doubt you are readig this. But, be that as it may, if you're a fan of Heavy rock (be it Metal, Punk, or whatever) you'll find something to like in this collection. As for the interview: I usually dismiss about a third of what Jaz says. I don't mean any disrespect to the man, it's just a different opinion from me. What remains is pretty amusing and revealing. I wouldn't buy the DVD for the interview, but it's not a bad thing to have. What more is needed? How about the rest of the concert, and maybe some more "behind the scenes", or maybe, even a history on the band? But, even those few things aside, I think this is necessary for Fans of Killing Joke."
I've watched this twice...in 24 hours that is
D. Galante | watchcity, Ma | 11/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great set list, great sound, great band. Shot really well. A fav band of mine, and now a fav dvd. If you are in any way a fan and are moderately curious about purchasing this, DO IT. Easily worth twice the price, I can't see how you could be disappointed, Jaz and the guys are as intense as ever. Young drummer Ben does an incredible job as well, I have to say... "It's a total INVASION!!!!""
True to form...
S. B. Salit | San Francisco, CA | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The boys are back in motion and tighter than ever, it seems. The anger and frustration with the business of making MUSICK and "Getting it out there" seems to keep one of my favorite bands coming back for more. All hail Killing Joke! Without them modern music would have deep holes..."
Must have for any KJ fan OR lover of power music
DJ MONT | Europe | 05/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Absolutely one of the best performances, both of band and fans I have ever seen (and I've been to some great shows). The DVD includes all the favourites including a lot from the first album, but my favourite and a real rare treat, is to see them play their very first single - ARE YOU RECIEVING which just explodes with this version. SUPERB camerawork and editing, showing all band members in their glory. Their new drummer Ben, shines as great as original Big Paul which is a treat in itself.
Only thing that is a minus - and this is completely UNFORGIVABLE is the audio mix which reduces the great Geordies guitar to a whisper. If I didnt already know the songs, I would never hear the beauty of his playing as it is lost somewhere in the background of the mix. A new fan might just make out the basics, but the growling is lost and that was frustrating for me. No fault of the band - but whomever did the mix SHAME ON YOU!!!!
This is DJ Mont (from Kitchen Club Miami '80's) recommending this to all KJ lovers everywhere."