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Killing Joke

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Killing Joke, Killing Joke

It’s hard to overstate the influence of ’80s industrial icons Killing Joke on present-day hard rock: Everyone from Metallica to the Foo Fighters is in on the Joke (Dave Grohl even plays drums on this record). And no wonder: The band’s brutal one-chord guitar riffs, pounding beats, and politically charged lyrics are intense, and the original lineup (re-formed for the new Killing Joke) still knows how to rage against the machine. Only the somewhat sterile production detracts from a fine reunion.