Over the eons many unenlightened persons, mostly middle managers,
have taken Machiavelli's text "The Prince" as
an instruction manual for the ruling class rather than the satirical
indictment of the abuse of power that he intended. "Implosion"
and "Majestic" have the potential to replace Metallica's
"Kill Them All" in the headphones of soldiers on the
front, specifically those that weren't issued a grasp of irony.
The mixture of driving ferocity and hypnotic tribalism would fit
in well with the military's mind-control techniques. But Hosannas'
intent is purely a celebration of the Killing Joke ritual,
complete with quasi-religious overtones.
Conspiracy theories unraveled, scripture reworked and mysteries
explained all to shed a favorable light on the band and their
sordid practices. They go so far as to invoke the name of Killing
Joke in song, and chronicle the actual recording of this very
album in turn. It gives it a staggering "fresh as hip-hop"
feel. Jaz Coleman's voice has become whatever is the opposite
of honed - gloriously jagged like cavernous ruins. Geordie's
buzzing guitar mantra compliments Coleman's rusty vocal chords
more than ever. Paul Raven served as bass man again, before
joining the last Prong tour and the current Ministry
crusade. Some of the intros could have been significantly shortened
to maximize the impact, but this is as strong an album as Democracy
and stronger than Pandemonium.
1. This Tribal Antodote
2. Hosannas From the Basements of Hell
6. Walking With Gods
7. The Lightringer
8. Judas Goat
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