By Octopi Mills

Killing Joke have legendary status that I will not be able to school you on, as I did miss out on the excitement of this said legacy, though let it be known they are, in fact, underground giants. "Autonomous Zone" is the first song and bridges across several era and "genre" gaps, and it is apparent when looking into this band's history that since 78 they have been at the forefront of lots of industrial and perhaps goth type happenings, though these are two styles I could care less about for the most part. Killing Joke is different though, and one should use caution putting them in any sort of style today altogether. The English fellows are older now, and one can hear a maturity in the music, in terms of wisdom and experience in handling their instruments and they certainly don't handle them like some of the fools in all these scenes who always seemed to be flailing about with long, clumsy eels dressed up more than than actual music itself.

 The next few songs flow together as the others, somehow having a feel that is nicely outdated, in a good way , keeping together lost time as most long running music does. "Euphoria" has the syrup and swirling feeling that I recognize in lots of other styles, and I wonder if they are the pioneers of these things- that brings me to the realization of what rubs me wrong in all music, and it is a sprawling phenomena that could have cropped up on its own in time: this lukewarm melancholy not dark enough to enhance a deep depression. "New Jerusalem" has an interesting, unique flow to it, and old KJ listeners should appreciate much of this album, if not all. The music is well done and original, with a great sound and sense for hooks and rhythm throughout the material, and it is again, one of those albums that sounds like there is a similar thread running through all the songs. This was a good album done with styles I wouldn't listen to outside of KJ.