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Notting Hill, London, England (1978 – present)

Killing Joke are an English post-punk group which formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. Founding members Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) and Geordie Walker (guitars) have been the only constant members.

A key influence on industrial rock, their early music was described by critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and John Dougan as well as industrial metal and “quasi-metal, dancing to a tune of doom and gloom,” which gradually evolved over the years, incorporating elements of electronic music, synth-pop, gothic rock, and alternative rock, though always emphasizing Coleman’s “savagely strident vocals.”

Finding modest commercial success, Killing Joke have influenced many later bands, such as Nirvana, Ministry, Amen, Lamb of God, Nine Inch Nails, Napalm Death, Amebix, Big Black, Godflesh, Tool, Prong, Metallica, Primus, Jane’s Addiction, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Faith No More, Blacklist, Shihad and Korn, all of whom have at some point cited some debt of gratitude to Killing Joke.

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  • Slim_rafa

    gosto agostadamente

    15 Apr 2:51am Reply
  • cha0sm0nkey

    To me Ministry is entirely different. ;)

    6 Apr 10:10pm Reply
  • Hari_Maia

    To me Ministry is better

    6 Apr 12:41am Reply
  • Symbiont001

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    30 Mar 8:56pm Reply
  • Nightcomers

    I have recorded a couple new songs, without vocals. What do you think? Influenced by the might KJ. https://soundcloud.com/Noktyrn

    25 Mar 7:30pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    уважуха, одни из первых готов, да и ранний саунд их был растащен потом всеми альтернативщиками

    19 Mar 11:31am Reply
  • 2393

    I'm sure most of this bands (not Godflesh of course) never heard about Throbbing Gristle, Coil or Foetus.

    8 Mar 11:24am Reply
  • Ondrew

    Isaaaaaak: dude I know that in the global it's an industrial metal (the style which is very close to me)... I'm just saying that there are so many different influences (from the doom metal, post-punk and many others) so in the final it's hard to simply say: "it's an industrial metal" and that's all... Try to listen to bands like Sybreed, Pain, Scorngrain, Acumen Nation, Left Spide Down or Cyanotic and many others... and THAT's the pure industrial metal where you don't need to think about any other influences :)

    6 Mar 12:34pm Reply
  • xn0153x

    this is the closest to a religion I have in my life...

    19 Feb 3:52am Reply
  • Ondrew

    Damn... I wanna see the KJ on the same stage with the Godflesh... Can you imagine that hell on earth???

    11 Feb 9:43pm Reply
  • My_Sharona

    It's good just npt one of their heavier albums

    31 Jan 2:17am Reply
  • Ondrew

    Damn... another day... and again, the same song just RIGHT NOW.................... The Raven King................ Well, I hope it will know why it is singing to me right now, again after a few weeks, like a new song :). Well... Killing Joke rulezzz...

    27 Jan 6:15pm Reply
  • Ondrew

    Wow... the song The Raven King has something... I don't know... Well, you know. It's definitely THERE... RAW and MILD AT ONCE... FULL OF MELODY... FULL OF ENERGY... And that's what I feel from this song every time i listen to it...

    23 Jan 12:54am Reply
  • tfaaon

    I just love the [2003] art cover !

    20 Jan 10:05am Reply
  • NoahIsCool

    i wouldn't go as far as to call their covers horrible but they are pretty crappy and I've had people not take my recommendations seriously because of the juggalo imagery on some of their albums. their debut has one of the best covers ever tho. hosannas is pretty sweet too

    16 Jan 9:21pm Reply
  • capitanostupido

    killing joke in dub is fucking awesome!

    10 Jan 4:49pm Reply
  • skalberg242

    Seriously, almost every KJ album (save maybe for the first two) have fuckin' horrible artwork.

    9 Jan 5:08pm Reply
  • OneBlackStripe

    the album cover of Night Time has to be the worst i've ever seen

    3 Jan 3:48am Reply
  • white_lemur

    I love them! <3 KJ forever in my heart.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HowDisgusting

    *industrial doom metal :S

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
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