Perhaps subconsciously aware of the fact that the original Killing Joke lineup had reunited and would be playing in Seattle the very December night I was perusing the KEXP vinyl library, this record happened to catch my eye. By most accounts Brighter Than A Thousand Suns saw Killing Joke a few years past their prime, but it had to mark one of the last times Jaz Coleman and original drummer “Big” Paul Ferguson spoke before going incommunicado for nearly twenty years. They reunited at former bassist Paul Raven’s funeral in 2007, where the original foursome decided to reconvene for a world tour.
“The band that would save rock + roll?? AHHH – AA”
“Not as bad as I feared. Very listenable if not respectable… JL”
“They’ve lost a lot of steam… JM”
“Their first 2 records were timeless and absolutely brilliant. It’s quite clear that they’ve removed themselves from their previous raucous energy. They now have a textured sound from teh vocals on down to the guitars which used to be so driving. The drumming too has lost all of its originality & strength opting instead for the norm of a straightforward style. Having said that, I would quickly add that this isn’t bad for what it’s doing, but shit, the old days, they were something else!! — Mark W”
“I think we saw it coming but I’ll defer to the ‘experts.’ Mark? … Reed”
“OH NO! NOT MEL GIBSON?!”