Killing Joke: Geordie Walker (guitar); Paul Raven (bass instrument); Ben Calvert (drums); Jaz Coleman .
Personnel: Jaz Coleman (vocals); Nick Walker (keyboards); Ben Calvert (drums).
Photographer: Tony Woolliscroft.
Though Killing Joke's 2003 self-titled reunion album may have seemed like a one-off project, XXV GATHERING! reveals that the veteran British post-punk ensemble has no intention of fading back into obscurity. On this live disc, recorded in early 2005, Killing Joke celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in an appropriately loud and furious fashion, with founders Jaz Coleman (vocals) and Geordie Walker (guitar) joined by longtime member Paul Raven (bass) and new recruit Ben Calvert (drums). Although the concert focuses primarily on songs from the band's fierce debut (including the tribal "Wardance" and the surging "Requiem"), it also touches down on excellent renditions of later classics (the pulsing "Love Like Blood" and the stomping "Pandemonium"). The energy and urgency present on these tracks bodes well for any future Killing Joke releases.
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