It doesn't apply to Killing Joke, Fub. They went from post punk in the late 70s (ST) to more synth stuff in the 80s (Night Time) to rock in the 90s (Pandemonium) to metal in the 00s (second self titled etc) - being rough about it like. Lots of genres, lots of styles. Then throw in the Courtald Talks, the dub remixes, Coleman and Dudley Songs from the Victorious City, Coleman's classical work - they're people with many strings to their bow. Not one formula that works.
The Fall had a framework that Mark E Smith violently (ltierally, with the musicians) put on many songs over 20/30 years. And then the musicians, sometimes, were allowed to freestyle within that. But it had to be within it. And it was strict. If you veered off he would batter you, literally, hence the fascist dictator comparisons.
As John Peel said about em "Always different, always the same" or words to that effect
And yeah it int necessarily a bad thing. There's a posh word for it they use in film language, "auteur". It's just for me The Fall's auteur is far too restrictive. I'd have battered the fake socialist cunt as no doubt many of his band mates did or wanted to.