"A timely reminder why KILLING JOKE continue to be held in such high esteem," notes Drowned In Sound, The Singles Collection 1979-2012 captures the band's mammoth, ever-evolving legacy with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of punk rock. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 delivers thirty-three career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities which includes previously unreleased studio tracks. The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks.
Notes Sea of Tranquility, "The Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 is an excellent place to start with all the KILLING JOKE the casual fan would ever require and I recommend the version with the rarities which is a limited edition. See if you can spot the ways in which this highly influential band has influenced groups as diverse as Nirvana, Fear Factor, Faith No More, Opeth and many more."
Adds BrooklynVegan, "KILLING JOKE is, like many of the great bands of our time, unique and generally unclassifiable. Punk in both ethos and origin, the UK band has dipped its toe in industrial, metal, funk and dance music in their close-to-35-year career, carving out their own niche and more importantly their own sound."