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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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  • Ultimaterock86

    I like old Killing Joke. I like new Killing Joke. I live a happy life :)

    6 May 4:01am Reply
  • zykoveddy

    If you're a fan of 80's KJ, don't forget to check out such bands as: 1919, Headhunters (1983 release Industrial Warfare), Faith No More's debut and Kommunity FK. Very similiar sound to KJ, highly recommended.

    7 Apr 5:52pm Reply
  • mellohippo

    All big KJ fans on Facebook, join here! -> I can't wait to see the new docu!

    31 Mar 3:59am Reply
  • Toma400

    All stuff matters [2] It's really sad, that a lot of fans abnegate artists' newer works only because band changed style.

    22 Mar 8:38am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    The Prodigy's new song sounds a lot like Killing Joke. Listen here > Wall of Death!!

    17 Mar 6:53pm Reply
  • dallinkapp

    25 Feb 9:11am Reply
  • Nate_Dark_Shade

    Nothing can beat Jaz Coleman's voice, pure diamond. [4]

    19 Feb 1:54pm Reply

    love them ❤️

    13 Feb 5:26pm Reply

    Nothing can beat Jaz Coleman's voice, pure diamond. [3]

    13 Feb 5:25pm Reply
  • Orjanne

    only the early post-punk stuff matters, strictly [3]

    3 Feb 10:49pm Reply
  • gupio

    All stuff matters... There's no other band which could change his style so many times and still be good (first 3 albums then night time,extremieties,pandemonium and 2003). And on last two ones there is a lot of bloody good songs. Only metal stuff on AD and 2012 is weak.

    31 Jan 6:58pm Reply
  • mellohippo

    The more I listen to them the more their genius starts to unravel..

    31 Jan 2:42pm Reply
  • DrMosse

    last two albums matter me the most...

    30 Jan 9:26pm Reply
  • nokturnus

    only the early post-punk stuff matters, strictly > No.

    30 Jan 12:01pm Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    only the early post-punk stuff matters, strictly [2] and Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions.

    15 Jan 2:08am Reply
  • rasen-virus

    only the early post-punk stuff matters, strictly

    7 Jan 12:53pm Reply
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  • mellohippo

    Completely different thing live.. I wonder..

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mellohippo

    All of their latest stuff sounds like crap, they could be so much more famous if the mixes & mastering wasn't done so lo-fi..

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nihil227

    I can't get into Hosannas From the Basements of Hell because it sounds so bad... I know they wanted the production to be raw, but it doesn't sound raw at all, it just sounds like poorly compressed mp3...

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
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