KILLING JOKE

Non-Metal / Industrial Metal / Metal Related • United Kingdom
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Killing Joke is a British industrial metal/post-punk band formed in 1978, known as being one of the biggest influences on the industrial metal scene of the late 80's and 90's before morphing into the sound they helped create. The original line-up consisted of Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards), Paul Ferguson (drums), Geordie Walker (guitars) and Youth (bass). However, Coleman and Walker have been the only constant members of the band.

The band began their career as a post-punk band, with drummer Paul Ferguson having listened to bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees as well as classic rock acts like Led Zeppelin and Yes. The band released their debut EP "Turn to Red" in October of 1979, and their critically acclaimed self-titled full-length album debut the following year.

The band attracted some controversy in the early days, due to their shock-rock stage performances and album artwork. The band also was able to appeal to
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KILLING JOKE albums / top albums

KILLING JOKE Killing Joke (Debut) album cover 4.71 | 6 ratings
Killing Joke (Debut)
Non-Metal 1980
KILLING JOKE What's THIS For...! album cover 3.79 | 3 ratings
What's THIS For...!
Non-Metal 1981
KILLING JOKE Revelations album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Revelations
Non-Metal 1982
KILLING JOKE Fire Dances album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Fire Dances
Non-Metal 1983
KILLING JOKE Night Time album cover 4.54 | 7 ratings
Night Time
Non-Metal 1985
KILLING JOKE Brighter Than a Thousand Suns album cover 2.86 | 3 ratings
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
Non-Metal 1986
KILLING JOKE Outside the Gate album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Outside the Gate
Non-Metal 1988
KILLING JOKE Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
Industrial Metal 1990
KILLING JOKE Pandemonium album cover 4.05 | 4 ratings
Pandemonium
Industrial Metal 1994
KILLING JOKE Democracy album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Democracy
Non-Metal 1996
KILLING JOKE Killing Joke album cover 4.46 | 3 ratings
Killing Joke
Industrial Metal 2003
KILLING JOKE Hosannas From the Basements of Hell album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Hosannas From the Basements of Hell
Industrial Metal 2006
KILLING JOKE Absolute Dissent album cover 3.69 | 4 ratings
Absolute Dissent
Metal Related 2010
KILLING JOKE MMXII album cover 3.79 | 3 ratings
MMXII
Industrial Metal 2012
KILLING JOKE Pylon album cover 4.34 | 3 ratings
Pylon
Industrial Metal 2015

KILLING JOKE EPs & splits

KILLING JOKE Turn to Red/Almost Red album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Turn to Red/Almost Red
Non-Metal 1979
KILLING JOKE Birds of a Feather album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birds of a Feather
Non-Metal 1982
KILLING JOKE Jana - Live EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jana - Live EP
Industrial Metal 1994
KILLING JOKE In Excelsis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Excelsis
Industrial Metal 2010

KILLING JOKE live albums

KILLING JOKE Ha album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ha
Non-Metal 1982
KILLING JOKE The Courtauld Talks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Courtauld Talks
Non-Metal 1989
KILLING JOKE BBC in Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC in Concert
Industrial Metal 1995
KILLING JOKE ...No Way Out but Forward Go album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...No Way Out but Forward Go
Non-Metal 2001
KILLING JOKE The Unperverted Pantomime? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Unperverted Pantomime?
Non-Metal 2003
KILLING JOKE XXV Gathering! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
XXV Gathering!
Industrial Metal 2005
KILLING JOKE Inside Extremities, Mixes, Rehearsals and Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inside Extremities, Mixes, Rehearsals and Live
Industrial Metal 2007
KILLING JOKE The Peel Sessions 79 - 81 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Peel Sessions 79 - 81
Non-Metal 2008
KILLING JOKE The Original Unperverted Pantomime album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Original Unperverted Pantomime
Industrial Metal 2008
KILLING JOKE The Gathering 2008 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gathering 2008
Industrial Metal 2009

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KILLING JOKE re-issues & compilations

KILLING JOKE Laugh? I Nearly Bought One! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!
Non-Metal 1992
KILLING JOKE Wilful Days album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wilful Days
Industrial Metal 1995
KILLING JOKE For Beginners album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Beginners
Industrial Metal 2004
KILLING JOKE Bootleg Vinyl Archive, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bootleg Vinyl Archive, Volume 1
Industrial Metal 2007
KILLING JOKE RMXD album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
RMXD
Industrial Metal 2008
KILLING JOKE The Singles Collection 1979–2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles Collection 1979–2012
Industrial Metal 2013

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Wardance/Pssyche
Non-Metal 1980
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Follow the Leaders
Non-Metal 1981
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Empire Song
Non-Metal 1982
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Chop-Chop
Non-Metal 1982
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Let's All Go (To the Fire Dances)
Non-Metal 1983
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Me or You?
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A New Day
Non-Metal 1984
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Eighties
Non-Metal 1984
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Love Like Blood
Non-Metal 1985
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Kings and Queens
Non-Metal 1985
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Adorations
Non-Metal 1986
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Sanity
Non-Metal 1986
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America
Non-Metal 1988
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Money Is Not Our God
Industrial Metal 1991
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Change
Industrial Metal 1992
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Millennium
Industrial Metal 1994
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The Pandemonium Single
Industrial Metal 1994
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Exorcism
Industrial Metal 1994
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Jana
Industrial Metal 1994
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Pandemonium in Dub
Industrial Metal 1994
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Democracy
Industrial Metal 1996
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Alchemy: The Remixes
Industrial Metal 1996
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Loose Cannon
Industrial Metal 2003
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Seeing Red
Industrial Metal 2003
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Chaos for Breakfast
Industrial Metal 2004
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Hosannas From the Basements of Hell
Industrial Metal 2006

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KILLING JOKE Night Time

Album · 1985 · Non-Metal
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Killing Joke dial up the synthpop and new wave influences on this one, dragging their distinctive post-punk style into more classically gothic territory as a result - but if the extra polish represents a shift away from the harsh sound of their debut, it also takes Killing Joke into a distinctly warped pop landscape where their prickly ethos makes for something richer and darker than your typical mid-1980s pop ditty. Infectiously danceable, the album never quite goes fully electro-industrial with its approach but at the same time feels like an aesthetic cousin of the early work of Ministry or Nine Inch Nails.

KILLING JOKE Pylon

Album · 2015 · Industrial Metal
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"Pylon" is the 15th full-length studio album by UK industrial rock/metal act Killing Joke. The album was released through Spinefarm Records in October 2015. It´s the successor to "MMXII" from 2012. Killing Joke formed in 1978 and has been through some lineup changes throughout the years, but after the death of long time bassist Paul Raven in 2007, the original lineup of Jaz Coleman (lead vocals, keyboards), Kevin "Geordie" Walker (guitars), Martin "Youth" Glover (bass), and Paul Ferguson (drums, vocals) reunited, with the addition of keyboard player Reza Uhdin. And as "Pylon" is now the third studio release featuring this lineup, it has turned out a long lived reunion.

Stylistically the music featured on the album is unmistakably the sound of Killing Joke. They´ve made adjustments to their sound over the last 20 years, but the more riff oriented and metal oriented sound they introduced on "Pandemonium (1994)" is still the blueprint on "Pylon". The band´s style has always been hard to describe, but hard pounding repeated beats, atmospheric guitars/keyboards (sometimes harder edged and raw riffing), a rumbling bass, and Jaz Coleman´s strangely monotone clean vocals and occasional more raw shouting ditto, is a valid description. At times it´s quite powerful music, but Killing Joke also masters a more atmospheric sound.

The material on the 10 track, 57:09 minutes long album is well written, and although slightly same sounding (which is not unusual for Killing Joke), quite catchy and for the most part memorable. Tracks like "Dawn of the Hive" and "New Jerusalem" set the high standard, but the remaining tracks are equal in quality. The deluxe version of the album features a second disc with more material recording during the same sessions, and those tracks are of a high quality too, and could easily have been included on the regular version of the album.

The album is relatively well produced although I could have wished for a slightly more sharp and edgy sound. Overall "Pylon" is a very well sounding release though. The musicianship is as always strong and upon conclusion "Pylon" is yet another high quality release by Killing Joke and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

KILLING JOKE Pylon

Album · 2015 · Industrial Metal
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"Pylon" is the fifteenth studio album by industrial metal/rock band Killing Joke. Starting out as an industrial/post-punk hybrid in the late 70's, Killing Joke are known for being a huge influence on the industrial metal style that would form in the later 80's with such bands like Ministry and Godflesh. Killing Joke later went industrial metal themselves, with hardcore punk-twinged "Extremities, Dirt, and Various Repressed Emotions" and the pure industrial metal of "Pandemonium", the latter I consider to be a classic of industrial metal. So with over 30 years of music on their hands, how does their newest release fair?

Immediately you get assaulted with heavy crunching guitar and pulsing electronics with 'Autonomous Zone', and there's even some string arrangements that harken back to "Pandemonium". The second track, 'Dawn of the Hive', is a full-on dark and apocalyptic metal assault. The mix of pulsing and chattering electronics with an orchestral atmosphere really fit right at home with the menacing riffing and the steady beat of the drums. During the bridge, it almost wanders into thrash territory with it picking up speed and it also throws in some cool electronic effects. "Euphoria" changes the pace a bit, being a softer melancholy song, but Jaz Coleman gives an amazing vocal performance especially during the chorus. 'New Jerusalem' is one of my favorites from the album, which begins with an instantly toe-tapping drum beat with background crunching guitar. It soon gets heavier and very grandiose with string arrangements flowing right with the pulsing riffs and Coleman's brooding vocals. Speaking of the drums, the drum work is especially great beyond the catchy rhythm. 'Delete' is another one of my favorites, with a really addicting guitar riff and some excellent vocals.

The single released, 'I am the Virus', was definitely a worthy pick. It's a really addicting driving track with rolling drums and chaotic guitar, sounding like it would fit right at home with 2003's self-titled album. If you get the deluxe edition, you get a second disc with five bonus tracks. These bonus tracks are amazing, being right up there with the best songs of the regular album. 'Star Spangled', which is one of my favorite of these, has even more use of orchestra sounds, so much that I would call it symphonic industrial metal. 'Panopticon' is a dark nearly nine-minute long crushing dirge of a track, with the riffing reminding me of recent Alice in Chains at times. During the middles of both songs, there are some really dark guitar sounds, that I wish went on longer.

Killing Joke has always had a lot of political/social commentary in their lyrics, but the lyrics really shine in this album. 'New Jerusalem' has some great lyrics like: "Another knob got the top job, Selling out to corporations. Culture adult entertainment, Calibrated to dumb down.". Most of the lyrics are heavy on political commentary, and on the deluxe edition, the song 'Panopticon' has some great lyrics about the effects of social media and modern technology. Jaz Coleman has a very easily-recognizable and powerful voice, and he gives some really strong vocal performances on this album, especially in the song 'New Cold War'. He really roars in this track, especially when singing the title of the song.

Overall, I feel this is definitely up there with their best albums. I love and really like most of the songs, 'Big Buzz' being the only track I don't like much. Most of the songs stick in my head, and I highly recommenced this album to any fans of industrial rock and metal. Hope you found this review helpful.

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KILLING JOKE Killing Joke

Album · 2003 · Industrial Metal
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'Killing Joke' is the eleventh studio album and second self-titled album by industrial metal/rock band Killing Joke. Killing Joke had broken up after the release of their 1996 album 'Democracy', but eventually reformed in 2002. One thing that I found cool to see was that Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters played drums on this album.

Ever since the beginning of the 90's Killing Joke had turned industrial metal, and this comeback album continues that. However, this album has a much more natural feel to it compared to the mechanical atmosphere of 'Pandemonium'. I also hear a good amount of metalized-punk and hardcore akin to their 'Extremities' album. The opening song, 'The Death and Resurrection Show', has some of these heavy punk-esque riffs at the beginning. Jaz Coleman's vocals fluctuate between clean post-punk vocals to his signature raw Lemmy-esque vocals really well. While it is pretty repetitive for a seven-minute long song, it's really catchy and flies by pretty quickly. 'Blood on Your Hands' also has a punk feel to it, and The transitions from the driving punk riffs to the heavy pounding guitar are performed perfectly here. Probably my favorite on the album is 'Asteroid', which instantly reels you in with on/off crushes of aggressive vocals and guitar. After Coleman screams 'ASTEROID', the crushing guitar and pounding drums dominate the rest of this intense song.

Coleman's vocals are more varied on this release then previously, using a pretty equal amount of cleaner and rawer vocals. Also, on songs like 'Total Invasion' and 'Dark Forces' he has a snarl to his voice. His snarl really adds to the dark and brooding atmosphere of 'Dark Forces'. The lyrics are also especially strong on this album, having strong political themes. 'Blood on Your Hands' has some of my favorite lyrics with 'Poison the waters so that only GM crops grow' and 'Five corporations, earn more than forty-six nations'.

Overall, this was a great comeback album for Killing Joke. While Pandemonium is my favorite, this album did lead to another favorite album of mine by them. While there are a few forgettable tracks, this is still an excellent album for any fans of Killing Joke, or Industrial rock and metal. Hope you found this review helpful.

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KILLING JOKE Pandemonium

Album · 1994 · Industrial Metal
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Killing Joke-Pandemonium

'Pandemonium' is the ninth studio album by Industrial metal/rock band Killing Joke. While Killing Joke always liked to dabble a bit in heavy metal, they never really made a heavy metal album until their eighth studio album 'Extremities, Dirt, and Various Repressed Emotions'. 'Pandemonium' takes it a step further creating a dark, pounding, and aggressive industrial metal album that really proves that they have their important spot in industrial metal history.

The album begins with the driving opening guitar work of the title track. Jaz Coleman's vocals are really varied, switching from clean goth rock vocals to guttural punk vocals that remind me a lot of Lemmy of Motörhead. A great start to a great album. The next song, 'Exorcism', brings you into crunching guitars and the moving beat of the electronics. Coleman's sickened coughs and screams fit well with the repetitious pounding guitars and electronics. Speaking of repetition, this is one of those songs that just pounds itself into your skull. The third song, 'Millennium', is a true classic of industrial metal. The crunching guitar compliments Coleman's guttural vocals, and the transitions into the melodic passages are performed perfectly. The industrial death metal band Fear Factory covered this song, but it doesn't match the quality of original in my opinion. 'Whiteout' reminds me of Acid House of the 90's combined with Ministry, with it's aggressive industrial-thrash combined with chaotic electronics. Like 'Exorcism', this song is another one that just keeps on repeating making you get lost in the pure raging energy.

While this album has perfect headbanging material, it's not without it's less aggressive moments. One of my favorites from the album is the meandering 'Pleasures of the Flesh'. Coleman's guttural vocals are still here, but there aren't any crunching guitars here. Instead, this song is a very atmospheric industrial track with very flowing guitar work. This album also has great use of middle-eastern instrumentation in the songs 'Communion' and 'Labyrinth'. 'Labyrinth' has a great combination of the menacing use of Phrygian scale and distorted guitar.

The lyrics are very thought-provoking on this release, 'Labyrinth' having some of my favorites. The lyrics are on the topics of society, politics, and religion. Some of my favorite lines from this track are 'All the role models, lost souls, false goods that I am shown.' and 'Mystery school of fools, great seats of learning.'

Overall, this is certainly an excellent pick for any industrial metal collection. A great start for anyone looking to get into Killing Joke or the genre. Recommended to fans of both the atmospheric and aggressive side of industrial metal.

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