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Killing Joke

Formed: 1978
From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Killing Joke News

Below is our complete Killing Joke news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Killing Joke Releases New Video

In celebration of the band's thirty-fifth anniversary, Killing Joke today unveils a latest video single in the form of “Corporate Elect.” The tune comes by way of the band’s "MMXII" full-length released last year via Spinefarm Records and serves as a taster of the band’s three-CD anthology — "The Singles Collection 1979-2012."

Conceived, filmed and directed by Mikee Goodman, the video is only the fourth official clip sanctioned by the band in the past few years, following “In Excelsis, the animated “European Super State,” and the “In Cythera” clips in which the band have barely appeared.

Notes Goodman: "This video has been my biggest creative challenge yet. I had never previously met Jaz Coleman, but was blown away by the powerful and passionate performance he delivered. I did not sleep properly for five weeks. Now I have, I have looked at it again with fresh eyes. And smiled. I was honored to be asked to make a music video for Killing Joke and so pleased to hear they liked it." More...

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Killing Joke Streams "Timewave" Demo

In celebration of the soon-to-be-released three disc anthology and North American tour, Decibel Magazine is offering up a rare stream of Killing Joke's “Timewave” demo.

Check it out through Decibel here or in the player below. Previously unreleased, the track was recorded during the "Absolute Dissent" studio sessions and comes by way of "The Singles Collection 1979-2012." The following press release was also issued about the collection:

"Capturing Killing Joke’s enormous ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk rock fall-out, The Singles Collection 1979-2012 offers up thirty-three career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks.

"The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 is set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on May 14, 2013 with the digital version dropping two weeks prior on April 30th.

"As a precursor to the release, Killing Joke will embark on a North American run of live dates set to commence April 19th in New York City. The special tour will coast through ten more cities before coming to a close on May 5th in Los Angeles. See the updated itinerary below." More...

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Czar To Support Killing Joke On Tour

Chicago's Czar emerges with a huge announcement for Spring 2013: the band has secured the coveted direct support slot on Killing Joke's North American tour.

Says Czar frontman Jason Novak, "We are absolutely honored to be on the Killing Joke tour and cannot wait to get out there. Killing Joke are legends who have inspired us personally since the beginning."

In addition to the Killing Joke tour, Spring 2013 sees Czar support KMFDM on three shows and playing various headlining shows across the nation. Frontman Novak's electronic alter ego, Acucrack, will make post-show DJ appearances in several cities.

While gearing up to hit the road, Czar is completing work on a second full-length album, the follow-up to 2011's "Vertical Mass Grave" (produced by Hum's Matt Talbott). More...

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Killing Joke Announces 35th Anniversary Release

Killing Joke will celebrate the band's 35th anniversary in style next year with the release of "The Singles Collection 1979-2012" and a world tour set to commence in Europe this coming March. 2013 will also see the band release a new studio album. The following press release was issued about the band's upcoming activity:

"With a fierce intelligence combined with a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a sound that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other. This is a group spawned from punk rock that set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever. Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalog, from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks. Few, however have come close to matching the band’s innate power.

"The Singles Collection 1979-2012, set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on April 16, 2013, captures their ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk fall-out. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 will be released in three formats: as a digital download, a limited edition 3-CD set and a super deluxe edition." More...

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Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.

Killing Joke
Hatebreed
Saint Vitus
Candlemass
Sodom
Destruction
Enslaved
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Senser
Iron Saviour
Huntress
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Heidevolk
Hark
Viza
Arthemis
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Abadden
4Arm
Winterfylleth
RSJ
Commander In Chief
Empress
Sacred Mother Tongue
Triaxis
Shear
Undersmile
Serpent Venom
Oaf
Jaguar
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Dyscarnate
Monument
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Driven
Black Acid Souls
Sansara
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric


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Killing Joke Streaming New Song Online

Today Decibel Magazine brings you the song “In Cythera,” from Killing Joke’s upcoming "MMXII" full-length. The album is set for North American release next Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 through Spinefarm Records. Check out the song right here. The following press release was also issued:

"The songs – 11 in total --are great washes of sound; a death disco with mammoth slabs of guitar that soundtracks our dangerous times. It’s an end-of-time album that somehow finds moments of optimism in the downward swirl of the planet. Finding hope in the apocalypse, this album just could be Killing Joke’s magnum opus.

"At a time when the news is on fast-forward and the planet seems to be descending into lunacy, who better than Killing Joke to reflect such a sentiment? When their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul reconvened in 2008 after working together intermittently, that strange voodoo once again filled the room. Individually, they have a power, but together they have something sulphurous and strong that few bands can match. Killing Joke are not an average band with an average agenda; they lock the door and let the ritual commence, and MMXII is the result." More...

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Killing Joke Reveals North American Album Release

October 30th, 2012 sees the North American release of Killing Joke’s new album, "MMXII," through Spinefarm Records. The following press release was issued about the album:

"2012 is the perfect year for Killing Joke to be releasing an album that is as dense and dark as the surrounding swirls of madness in the world. At a time when the news is on fast-forward and the planet seems to be descending into lunacy, who better than Killing Joke to reflect such a sentiment?

"When their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul reconvened in 2008 after working together intermittently, that strange voodoo once again filled the room. Individually, they have a power, but together they have something sulphurous and strong that few bands can match. Killing Joke are not an average band with an average agenda; they lock the door and let the ritual commence, and MMXII is the result.

"MMXII’s 11 tracks are an avalanche of sound -- empowering whilst jolting you awake. They are as fascinating as chatting with Coleman, as he talks of future humans living forever but with no emotions, and of the Age Of Aquarius and the cycles of time, the shift in the earth’s electro-magnetic field, the end of extreme capitalism, the Arab Spring and how his trips to Cairo to record music have added to his belief that when Cairo falls everywhere else follows… MMXII is possibly Killing Joke’s best album ever; a dense and multi-layered work. The songs are great washes of sound – a death disco with huge slabs of guitar that soundtracks these dangerous times. It’s an end-of-time album that somehow finds moments of optimism in the downward swirl of the planet. Finding hope in the apocalypse, this album just could be their masterpiece."

Coleman comments: “I can’t see the point contemplating extreme life extinction -- it’s good for nothing. It’s nihilism in the absolute even considering it.” This kind of thinking sets the tone for the record, with 2012 and the state of flux the key issue. “It’s in many different calendars – the great unveiling, the sky and the earth coming together. It’s a significant date. Everything is speeding up. It’s not just our minds shrinking. We are heading towards the Eschaton and no-one really knows what’s going to happen.” More...

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Asymmetry Fest 2012 Lineup Revealed

The Asymmetry Festival will be taking place from May 3rd - 5th in Poland, with full details available here. The following press release was issued about the fest:

"Asymmetry Festival is a unique event on the Central European scale. Successfully organized since four years, draws fans of the alternative music scene not only from Poland, but Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary and many other neighbouring countries as well. The festival constantly develops its formula in continuous searches for new music genres – genres which defy labelling. The event will take place, for the first time, in a special location on the map of Wroclaw – the XIXc. building of the Browar Mieszczanski [Bourgeois Brewery], which since many years is an important cultural point of the city.

"Apart from the location, the assumptions and priorities in attitude towards the invited artists have changed as well. Among the 40 bands performing there, there is a numerous group of innovative projects, which are difficult to come across on any European festival stage. So side by side with the legendary Sleep, Killing Joke, Red Fang or Amenra, the guests of Asymmetry will also witness performances of all-star groups, created exclusively to in order to open the artistic floodgates of musical visions and the need to evolve.

"Let yourself be carried away by the fun. Come to Wroclaw and become witnesses of something huge."

The lineup and schedule for the festival is as follows: More...

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"Fortress Europe" Book Available As Free PDF

The complete book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II) ” is now online as a free PDF download. 10 years in the making, “Fortress Europe” is the long promised beast of nonfiction journalism from underground USA journalist Ryan Bartek.

Clocking in at 222 pages, this career defining & genre bending work details the author's travels throughout the European Underground in Summer 2011.

Refuting every stereotype of traditional journalism, “Fortress Europe” combines the classic autobiographical road novel with the current state of European Counterculture. The result is an odyssey of monumental scope featuring face-to-face interviews with a number of legends in extreme metal, hardcore punk, industrial, experimental, psychedelic & good old rock n' roll.

Appearances include Laibach, Wolfbrigade, Rotting Christ, Killing Joke, Funeral Winds, Enochian Crescent, Moonsorrow, Fondlecorpse, Defeated Sanity, First Blood, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Melting Walkmen, Abortion, Panthiest, CNK, Arkangel, HATE, Repulsione, Dehuman, Dickless Tracy, General Surgery, Grind The Enemy, Fides Inversa, Excavated, Terri Bomb, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Knuckledust, Chiens, Vanguard, Splitter, Pyramido, Fen, Black Breath, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Scavenger Brats, El Schlong, Spacemen 3 & legendary Detroit writer/60's radical Mr. John Sinclair.

“Fortress Europe” also includes a bonus section featuring commentary by members of Brutal Truth, Master, Agathocles, Battlelore, Corpus Christii, Manzer, Seita, Cruadalach, Livstid, Nahemah, Der Blutharsch, Mincing Fury & Primordial.

The free PDF download is available online at this location. You can also read through the book on Scribd here. More...

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Killing Joke Streaming New Track "Rapture"

U.K. post-punk act Killing Joke is streaming the new track "Rapture." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "2012," due out on April 2, 2012 through Spinefarm/Universal Records.

The track listing for "2012" is as follows:

1. Pole Shift
2. Fema Camp
3. Rapture
4. Colony Collapse
5. Corporate Elect
6. In Cythera
7. Primobile
8. Glitch
9. Trance
10. On All Hallow’s Eve

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The Ocean To Play Asymmetry Festival

The Ocean has posted a video clip online announcing the band's appearance at the upcoming Asymmetry Festival 2012, which can be viewed below.

Further details on the Asymmetry Festival can be found via Facebook. Other confirmed bands include Killing Joke, Coil Guns, Red Fang, Priestess, and more.

Asymmetry Festival 2012: The Ocean, Coilguns, Earthship and Kunz from firlejclub on Vimeo.

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"Fortress Europe" First Chapter Available Online

Underground journalist Ryan Bartek has just released chapter one of his forthcoming book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” as a free PDF download. "Fortress Europe: London" features interviews with members of Killing Joke, Pantheist, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Fen, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, as well as a barrage of industry insiders and renowned metal/punk journalists.

Also included in this PDF download is the prologue to “Fortress Europe,” which was released earlier this year and features face-to-face interviews with Polish death metal legion Hate, Grecian black metal kingpins Rotting Christ, and the USA’s own blackened extreme metal machine Lecherous Nocturne.

"Fortress Europe: London" details the first week of Bartek’s travels throughout the European underground during Summer 2011. “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” is the follow up to 2009’s “The Big Shiny Prison” -- a book in which the author traveled the USA covering all forms of counterculture fringe through a genre-bending combination of nonfiction journalism and the classic autobiographical road novel.

"Fortress Europe: London" can be downloaded here or can viewed via Google Docs at this location. More...

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More Bands Announced For Tuska Festival

Church of Misery has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Tuska Open Air festival, which will take place at Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland during July 22nd - 24th. The festival will now feature the addition of a fourth stage. The currently confirmed bands for the festival are as follows:

At The Gates
Arch Enemy
Exodus
Meshuggah
Killing Joke
Enslaved
Moonsorrow
Witchery
Agnostic Front
Kvelertak
Spiritual Beggars
Grave
Mygrain
Church Of Misery
Misery Index

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Killing Joke Announces North American Tour

U.K. post-punk act Killing Joke has announced the dates for its forthcoming tour of North America this winter. The tour will coincide with the release of the band's latest studio offering, "Absolute Dissent", which is set for release on November 16, 2010 through Spinefarm Records.

Here are the latest Killing Joke North American tour dates:

Dec. 03 - Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
Dec. 04 - Paradise Lounge - Boston, MA
Dec. 06 - Cabaret Du Musee - Montreal, QC
Dec. 07 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
Dec. 09 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
Dec. 10 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
Dec. 11 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
Dec. 14 - The Venue - Vancouver, BC
Dec. 15 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
Dec. 16 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Dec. 17 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
Dec. 18 - Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA

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Stream The High Confessions Entire Debut Album

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, the newly formed band featuring Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O’ROURKE), are streaming their debut album "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" online now via Stereogum.com.

"Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" was recorded in Chicago, IL with Parker and Lemos engineering. The album will see its North American release on Tuesday, July 20th. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will be hosting a record release party on Monday, July 19th at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago, IL in support of the album. The entire band will be in attendance, DJ-ing the night. Complete event details can be found here.

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Dead By April Comments On Killing Joke Cover

Sweden's Dead By April has issued the following statement about the band's cover of "Love Like Blood" by Killing Joke:

"Don't worry boys and girls, 'Love like blood' is NOT like some seem to believe a sign of what's going to become of Dead by April. On the contrary 'Love like blood' is an exclusive cover song by the band 'Killing Joke' made for a tribute album due to later this year including Metallica, Foo fighters etc. so simply a homage to a cool band!

"People have been emailing and commenting about how the new song doesn't 'sound like us' as much, well there you have your answer! Hope you will enjoy the song anyways since we thinks it`s great and was a fun cover to make! New DBA songs are right now in the making and they are bigger, heavier and more dynamic than ever before! That`s a promise!"

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The High Confessions Signs To Relapse Records

Newly formed metal band THE HIGH CONFESSIONS has announced their signing to Relapse Records. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS features Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and noted recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG and STEREOLAB).

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will release their Relapse debut, "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions," this summer.

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Sybreed Posts Killing Joke Cover Song

Sybreed has posted a new song online from their upcoming album "The Pulse of Awakening." The track "Love Like Blood," which is a Killing Joke cover, can be heard at Sybreed's official MySpace page. "The Pulse of Awakening" is set to be released in Europe on November 16th.

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Jourgesen Pays Tribute To Paul Raven w/ New Song

More details have come to light regarding the collaboration between Al Jourgensen and guitarist Mark Thwaite (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Tricky, Mob Research) that was previously reported. Both long-time friends of and collaborators of the late Killing Joke/Ministry bassist Paul Raven, Jourgensen and Thwaite joined forces to create the song "It's Always Christmas Time."

This new track will be released in the near future as a digital download, but in honor of the memory of Paul Raven, 13th Planet will preview the entire track for one day only on October 20th, 2009, the second anniversary of Raven's death. You can listen to the track for 24 hours only on Ministry’s Myspace page.

A new video collage of Paul Raven’s life by long-time friend, Dean Karr has been posted on the Paul Raven Tribute page, 13th Planet Youtube and other related sites. In further tribute to our fallen comrade this video collage will be screened before RevCo’s performance October 20th in Jacksonville, FL on the LubricaTour.

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Al Jourgensen Collaborates With Mark Thwaite

Al Jourgensen (Ministry, etc.) has hooked up with guitarist Mark Thwaite (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Tricky, Mob Research) in the studio, collaborating on several projects simultaneously. Jourgensen and Thwaite, both long-time friends of Killing Joke/Ministry bassist Paul Raven, who passed away October 20, 2007, joined forces recently at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in Texas on RevCo projects and another Jourgensen side project.

Thwaite collaborated with Ministry/RevCo guitarist Sin Quirin on "Filthy Senoritas," for the upcoming RevCo release slated for Spring 2010. But the crowning jewel of the Jourgensen/Thwaite collaboration is the newly penned as yet untitled Christmas Song to be released via digital download exclusively this Thanksgiving. To celebrate the memory of their "favorite pirate" Paul Raven 13th Planet will debut the track on October 20th, 2009 via Ministry's Myspace page.

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