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Mediocre - only because you know what they're capable of

Chessboards and Adorations are mislabelled. And where is Brighter Than a Thousand Suns on iTunes?!? Adorations is one of the most powerful rock tunes of the mid 80s -- and still stands up with conviction.

Why are Adorations and Chessboards mislabled?

Anyways, buy this album if you are new to the Jokesters. It's a way better introduction than the For Beginers compilation.

Killing Joke: The precursors to Goth

In the early 80s, as the third wave of British punk was making its way stateside, Killing Joke emerged as powerful player in the movement. As the punk zenith burned brightly Killing Joke started to tour quite seriously throughout the states. I had the pleasure of seeing them live back in 82 and was impressed by the powerful guitar and drums; the melody being more tribal and darker then anything I had heard previously. It is clear, that their discography indicates a an evolution in their sound and the use of more samples and further experimentation (novel for the time). I highly recommend their earlier songs like Tabazan, Requiem, and Darkness Before Dawn. Killing Joke paved the way for bands such as Sisters of Mercy and later Marilyn Manson. True originals!


Formed: 1978

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Heavy and slow, Killing Joke (at least early in their career) were a quasi-metal band dancing to a tune of doom and gloom. They eventually became less heavy and more arty (the latter seems almost impossible) -- more danceable, even -- but early on they made some urgent slabs of molten dynamite that oozed with the power of thick guitars, thudding drums, and over the top singing. The origins of Killing Joke lie in the Matt Stagger Band. Paul Ferguson was drumming for the group when he met Jaz Coleman...
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