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Few groups have ever matched Killi ng Joke for sheer rock'n'roll intensity. Formed in London in 1978 by Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Paul Ferguson, they lit up the post punk music scene in the U.K thanks to a rhythmic fury, inflammatory imagery and borderline psychotic stage performances.

Recorded in London and L.A and produced by Andy Gill (Gang Of Four, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Killing Joke's new self-titled album (released on Zuma Recordings) sees them at their brooding best. Featuring a line-up including all of their original line up plus none other than long-term fan Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/ Nirvana) on drums, it's the pulverizing hard rock classic Killing Joke always threatened to make.

From the rolling thunder of the opening 'The Death And Resurrection Show’, to the jackhammer blitzkrieg of 'Seeing Red' to the final 'The House That Pain Built ' it captures the band back to their apocalyptic best. Old fans be reassured: the molten dynamite guitars, explosion-in-a-bass bin rhythms and Coleman's signature death-knell vocals are all present in spades.

Anyone questioning whether Jaz 's fury has dimmed with age should be directed immediately to almighty first single 'Loose Cannon' ('I'm an urban animal/ One step from a cannibal'). The anthemic 'You'll Never Get To Me’ meanwhile, with it's glorious stadium-sized battle-cry of a chorus 'I'll never let you get to me Survival is my victory’ is, quite simply, the sort of call-to-arms classic only Jaz is capable of writing. In a world gone (newly) crazy once more, 'Killing Joke' is the perfect soundtrack.

In recent years bassist Youth has launched dance label Dragonfly and become uber-producer for everyone from the Verve to Marilyn Manson. Jaz, meanwhile, has charted a more esoteric course. Having returned to college to study musical composition in both Leipzig and Egypt in 1987, he became the first Western student ever to study oriental music at an Arabic Conservatoire.

As a result of these studies In 1989 his 'Symphony' No.1' was reviewed by eminent classical composer Klaus Tennstedt who referred to Coleman as nothing short of 'our new Mahler'.Coleman is currently Director Of Prague Symphony Orchestra, spending six months a year living there and working there.

Killing Joke  - Album Listening Party - New tracks - Audio - Video Streams
Killing Joke  - Album Listening Party - New tracks - Audio - Video Streams
Killing Joke  - Album Listening Party - New tracks - Audio - Video Streams
Killing Joke  - Album Listening Party - New tracks - Audio - Video Streams

"...Living where I do, on an Polynesian island, means I live a very isolated life.” explains Jaz. “There’s a small chapel on the island where I live and most nights I sit there until three o’clock in the morning learning my piano compositions. But it as also allows me to recharge my batteries.

"We're going to play a hundred and forty shows around the world on this tour.." Jaz continued, "..and every single one will be a life changing experience for whoever is there. It’s a ritual, a religious ceremony. It will be as intense as it’s ever been. I can’t wait to feel the hackles rising that old shiver down the back. When we play live, there's nothing on earth to touch it.."

The self-imposed wilderness period is over. The world is unwell and Killing Joke are back to provide the soundtrack, right on time. Miss them at your peril.

 

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1. The Death And Resurrection Show Listen
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2. Total Invasion Listen
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3. Asteriod Listen
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4. Implant Listen
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5. Blood On Your Hands Listen
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6. Loose Cannon Listen
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7. You’ll Never Get To Me Listen
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8. Seeing Red Listen
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9. Dark Forces Listen
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10. The House That Pain Built Listen
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11. Bonus Track – Inferno
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