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Killing Joke Original Lineup Reunites

The following press release has been announced:

Finally, after numerous line-up changes through the years, all original Killing Joke members reunite for new album and world tour.

Drummer Paul Ferguson rejoins the line up for the first time since 1987 enabling a whole new generation of fans to see Killing Joke's legendary original formation. Diehard fans have been waiting for this moment for two decades!

Bassist Martin 'Youth' Glover also steps back into the live arena after a near 15 year hiatus, having not played live with Killing Joke since 1994's Pandemonium tour.

The tour will see Killing Joke take up a two night residency in most venues offering a different set on each evening. On the first night, they will play their first two albums in their entirety, 1980's self-titled album followed by the album What's This…For!. Their second performance in each city will treat fans to 1994's Pandemonium and the Island Records singles of '79 to '80.

Once described by Ferguson as 'the sound of the earth vomiting', Killing Joke is anthemic and grandiose in it's evocation of nightmare visions. Taking a sarcastic jab at authority and perceived reality to a sonically charged mixture of post punk and metal, Killing Joke's heavy guitars and pounding tribal drums conjure a primitive atmosphere of doom, gloom and resistance.

Notorious for their use of inflammatory imagery, a backlash against a world they perceived as ever more materialistic, unjust and conservative, Killing Joke, railed against the establishment and created a unique sound from their very conception.

Ironically, in the current musical climate with it's obsession with rehashing eighties sounds, the '80s saw Killing Joke really pushing music forward, incorporating danceable elements with aggressive, grinding guitars and thumping drums. With elements of proto-techno rock, their post apocalyptic vision has inspired bands as diverse and influential as NIRVANA, MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS, FOO FIGHTERS, SOUNDGARDEN and GODFLESH. Killing Joke have always been and continue to be more than just a band.

Godfathers of post-punk, Killing Joke return with their eagerly anticipated new album to coincide with their world tour. Album release date TBC.

Live dates (venues to be confirmed soon):

September
13 - Tokyo, Japan
14 - Tokyo, Japan
16 - Madrid, Spain
17 - Barcelona, Spain
19 - Milan, Italy
20 - Milan, Italy
22 - Geneva, Switzerland (tbc)
24 - Berlin, Germany
25 - Berlin, Germany
26 - Paris, France
27 - Paris, France
29 - Brussels, Belgium
30 - Brussels, Belgium

October
2 - London, UK
3 - London, UK

Two show for New York, NY are also in planning.

Frontman Jaz Coleman comments: "At last a ray of sunlight to illuminate these dark days. It is indeed my deepest pleasure to announce the dates of the 29th anniversary of the gathering. As usual we are never content sitting on the laurels of past Glories, a new Killing Joke recording is scheduled this summer!. Both Geordie and myself are thrilled as we hope you are with the line up, such anticipation comes as no surprise considering we have not played together since the Brighton Top Rank in 1982. We always knew this day would come after all it was inevitable. We hope all gatherers will join us in warmly welcoming back to active service our brothers Big Paul and Youth. The mysterious chemistry of the original line up is back, let there be gladness in your hearts."

Source: BW&BK

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1. jzues writes:

who

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 8:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Txmetalhead writes:

Killing joke - a very talented band. In fact, Paul Raven, who passed away last year, was one of the original band members, I believe. Raven was also playing bass with Ministry. This band is great! Killing Joke is from England, the UK.

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3. ZT writes:

THANK YOU Txmetalhead.

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Txmetalhead writes:

Sure thing man. I incorrectly listed Paul Raven as an original band member - he was not. He was very helpful, though, to the band and replaced one band member for a long length of time.

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Txmetalhead writes:

One last thing, several bands credit Killing Joke as a huge influence to them, including Prong, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Korn, Ministry, Fear Factory, Metallica as well as others. It is nice to see that this band has love for their fans and want to continue making great music.

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6. Mikeman writes:

thats awesome to know. i never heard of them

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 11:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Mike Mort writes:

Love that tune, "Living in the 80s". Metal Punk...good rocker. Never saw them tour.

# Mar 2, 2008 @ 3:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Txmetalhead writes:

Yes, Killing Joke release very good songs. A mixture of punk with industrial. Very cool, indeed.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 5:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Hey, Txmetalhead, who are you, the lead singer in disguise? Did you write this article? I bet you're happy that Wikipedia exists, huh? You should make a Killing Joke wiki site. It could be http:www.killingjokewiki.org! That'd be so awesome!

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10. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Hey, Txmetalhead, who are you, the lead singer in disguise? Did you write this article incognito? I bet you're happy that Wikipedia exists, huh? You should start a Killing Joke wiki site. That'd be awesome. Good luck on the upcoming tour, Jaz Coleman, or should I call you by your real name, TXMETALHEAD? 8======0 - - -

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 10:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Txmetalhead writes:

Nope, sorry man, can't take credit for this band. I really like them, but, I am not the lead singer...he is from England, and I am from Texas - howdy - fellow Texan. I found out about this band through Fear Factory. They covered a song called "Millennium".

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12. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Fear Factory used to own.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 2:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Dale writes:

Fear Factory is a good band. These are the CDs that i have. They are Fear Factory Archetype and Transgression. I did not like the CD Transgression because it was not good at all. So all the fans that like Fear Factory get Archetype. It is the best CD of Fear Factory out there. Go Metal

# Mar 5, 2008 @ 2:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Pardon my brevity, Dale, but if you don't own Demaunfacture and Soul of a New Machine, you must be a fxckin' wackaloon.

# Mar 5, 2008 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Txmetalhead writes:

f*** ya - Demanufacture and Soul is mandatory metal from FF. Demanufacture is sick! Hell I got Demanufacture on cassette and CD...lol. It is that good!

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16. nickhorvatin writes:

for all u youngsters FF does not stand for foo fighters. it stands for the ultimate concept BAND. Fear Factory

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17. Txmetalhead writes:

So true - Fear Factory is Legendary! One of my all-time favorite metal bands.
I don't really dig Foo Fighters anyway..lol.

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