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Album Review

No Way Out But Forward Go is Killing Joke's first full-length release since 1996's Democracy, and the band's third live album. Taken from a 1985 concert on the Night Time tour, it's hardly a worthy substitute for a studio album, but it does showcase Killing Joke at their finest. The 17 tracks are split roughly equally between Youth-era and Paul Raven-era material, with most of the Night Time album being present. All of the early classics ("Wardance," "Requiem") are featured, as well as rarer songs such as "Pssyche." Live versions of two tracks from Brighter Than a Thousand Suns are also included, as is a full CD-ROM of the concert on some editions. Unfortunately, most of the show sounds as if it's been recorded in a rehearsal room, since the audience appears to be almost entirely lifeless. The bandmembers give it their best effort, however, and throw themselves into the performance wholeheartedly. The only low point is "The Good Samaritan," which isn't really appropriate for a live setting. Other than that, it's a good representation of the band's bile-and-fire approach.

Customer Reviews

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!

Biography

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...
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