Carving out a distinct niche for itself in the blasted post-punk new wave landscape that was British rock in the early \'80s, Killing Joke remains one of the unsung powerhouses of that convoluted decade. With its searing mixture of punk aggressiveness, freaky synthesizer sound effects, and breadth of vision, the band pounded out some truly idiosyncratic music.
FIRE DANCES marries tribal drums to its trademark post-punk stance, resulting in a sound that was as peculiar as it was original for 1983. Here, the band plays \"Fun and Games\" over a jaunty rhythm through which Geordie\'s spiky guitars spit playful shards of noise amidst Jaz Coleman\'s spoiled cries. \"Harlequin\" lightens the tone somewhat, but only slightly--Geordie\'s guitars never lose their smoldering incense, and Martin Atkins\' drumming teeters on the brink of total anarchy as the group pounds away at its nocturnal ritual.
Born out of the fires of England\'s first wave of post-punk, proto-industrial Killing Joke was always somehow apart from their contemporaries. Their music was harsher, their lyrics were angrier, and they had a penchant for heavy metal\'s guitar thunder. Those things never changed, and their sound never softened. Over the years, however, Killing Joke has incorporated dance and techno tropes, allowing them to vent at new and varied audiences. In 2003, the band\'s original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, and Youth reunited, backed by Raven and former Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl.