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Introducing: The 'Life And Times' Of Noah Francis Johnson

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Noah Francis Johnson

He may have kicked off his solo music career late in life being now in his fifties, but Cardiff-born singer Noah Francis Johnson has certainly proved that time and patience is enormously beneficial with his soulful debut offering.

Not that his interest in performing is a new route in his life, as Noah has been in and out of working men's clubs around the UK since he was 7-years-old. Born in Tiger Bay, the Welshman took up entertaining with the encouragement of his parents who, particular his father who was in a band called The Shades, were also very musical. His previous forays into music have included fronting rock band Ellis and touring the UK and Europe supporting the likes of Slayer, Jamiroquai, Lenny Kravitz and Gil Scott Heron among others. Music hasn't always been his sole passion, however, having won belts as a Welsh professional boxer and even becoming a world disco dancing champion in his younger years. Now, though, he's ready to unleash his first musical offering to the world in the form of his autobiographical new album 'Life & Times', which he admits he has been unknowingly writing since the age of 9.

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Picture - Jaz Coleman, of Killing Joke , Tuesday 13th November 2012

Jaz Coleman, The Roundhouse and Killing Joke - Jaz Coleman, of Killing Joke Tuesday 13th November 2012 at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour at The Roundhouse.

Picture - Killing Joke, London, England, Monday 13th June 2011

Killing Joke - Killing Joke, London, England - at the The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards held at Indigo. Monday 13th June 2011

Killing Joke, Nottingham Rock City Wednesday 31st March 2011 Live Review

Despite barely registering in the charts or garnering any mainstream media interest (outside of a short dalliance with Dave Grohl in 2003) for a good part of two and a half decades Killing Joke remain one of the most influential and vibrant artists around. They're the artists' artist, one who have caused as many people to form bands as they have sold records, and throughout their turbulent 30 year plus career have been a point of influence, or a framework to rip-off, for much more widely celebrated artists such as Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein and Tool.

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Killing Joke, Hosannas from the Basements of Hell, Album Review

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Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Album Review

It is safe to say that however the world is to end, whether through a day of judgement, crashing asteroid or other such misfortune, the headliners for the final gig will be Killing Joke. No other band epitomises the dark, creeping paranoia and apocalyptic terror of the end of the world more than KJ. Their latest slab of aural fear is 'Hosannas from the Basements of Hell', and it comes as no surprise to hear that this is the typical mix of tribal beats, sonic-drill guitars and madman-genius rants and screams. Jaz Coleman has said that KJ will go on forever, almost as though the band are more than the sum of their parts – if this album is anything to go by, that could well be true. Another classic.

Richard Edge