Album #464 – Killing Joke

Album #464

I am starting to get the feeling about the 80’s that I am beating a dead horse but, every album I have heard so far has changed music in some way. Killing Joke was a band that had a very dark and hollow sound. But, despite this their brand of post-punk sounded very similar to heavy metal. As a result, Killing Joke not only influenced industrial bands like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails but also metal and hard rock bands like Metallica, Soundgarden, Nirvana and Tool. I think of this list as a way of expanding my horizons. The popular bands and artists that we have would not be as successful were it not for bands that many have never heard of. It is those unknown bands that keep music exciting. Killing Joke’s self titled debut combines elements of industrial and heavy metal before they existed. Jaz Coleman’s vocals and keyboard playing are spooky, spine tingly and add to the sound. Bassist Martin “Youth” Glover ended up becoming one of the most sought after producers of the 90’s and beyond working with Paul McCartney, The Verve and U2 among others. Along the way, he took elements of Killing Joke’s sound and expanded on it with his production. Guitarist Kevin “Geordie” Walker’s tone and guitar sound have been used by many alternative bands including the Cure and Depeche Mode. Overall, Killing Joke was a band who wasn’t afraid to experiment and take risks. Musicians everywhere should thank them for that. Highlights include: Requiem, Wardance, Tomorrow’s World, Bloodsport, Complications and Change. Overall, I give Killing Joke, 4 out of 5.

Next: British Steel by Judas Priest

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