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Killing Joke

Killing Joke

1980

Killing Joke

Album Summary

Killing Joke is the debut studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, released on 5 October 1980 by E.G. via Polydor Records. It debuted at number 41 on the UK Albums Chart on 26 October 1980 and later peaked at number 39.

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Rating

2.94

Votes

4743

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Punk
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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

I liked this way more than I thought I would. It's a weird mash of genres: proto-industrial, post-punk, metal... But the mix works. It was also nice to have some actual rock and roll for once. It falls shy of full marks only because a few of the tracks are a bit (or more than a bit) monotonous/obnoxious.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Brutal but surprisingly groovy. Progenitor of so much I love.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Great album with no skips. Love the industrial sound

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

The repetitive character of the guitar riffs, the keystrokes and the rousing drumwork have an hypnotic effect on the music, and musically and lyrically it provides a somewhat nihilistic and grey view of the world. It is the link between the punk and the post-punk. Killing Joke succeeds in creating a the atmosphere and sound that is characteristic of the British urban environments in the early 1980s. The album cover also contributes to that feeling. Absolute masterpiece

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Not to be confused with 2003 album "The Killing Joke," also by The Killing Joke. (Although Killing Joke fan Dave Grohl played drums on that album, interestingly enough.) Also not to be confused with the 1988 graphic novel "Batman: the Killing Joke," by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, widely regarded as one of the best Joker stories ever told. Also not to be confused with American band The Killing Joke, which seems to have released three singles in 2021. Rather, this The Killing Joke are led by frontman Professor Severus Snape. Ok, not really. Jaz Coleman looked nothing like Snape when this album came out. But he really bears a striking resemblance now. If he actually believed himself to be a wizard, that wouldn't even be so surprising. Consider this from the Seattle Weekly: "The long-standing “mystic,” who lives on a small New Zealand island these days (perhaps to avoid having to wear a tinfoil hat every day), believes, among other things, that China has built microwave towers to control the population with microchips, which are secretly implanted via vaccines, and this will eventually happen elsewhere around the world; that people are being mind-controlled by chemtrails in the sky and fluoride in the water; that nutrients are being purposefully removed from foods to kill us and keep the world population down; that swine flu is a bioweapon; and that due to changes in the earth’s magnetic field, time is actually speeding up (actually, this one’s sort of believable—is it already the holidays again?!)." But as for the actual music? The opener "Requiem" was kind of cool, but "Wardance" almost lost me. By the time it got to "The Wait," I was back on board, and I really enjoyed "Complications."

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Bloodsport and S.O.36 were very repetitive melodically. Liked some of the bass lines. Vocals reminded me The Clash a little bit.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
2

laughably bad at points, one decent song, not sure why it's on the list

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Je n'ai pas tellement envie de rédiger de critique de cet album de punk alors je vous propose de lire celle que j'ai écrite pour l'album Pink Flag (et non le groupe Pink Flag comme j'ai pu le penser) des Wire qui s'applique grosso merdo à celui-ci.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Avangardiste

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

It's incredible. Astonishing. and thoroughly underheralded. This is going to get listened to again in this house.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

I had never heard of these guys, but I was glad to have listened to this. Ahead of their time sound-wise, hard to believe this was 1980. A good mixture of punk and more melodic. Elements of the Cure or NIN in there.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

I enjoyed this album a lot. It's hard to believe this was produced in 1980 - the sound is way ahead of it's time. I also didn't realize how many covers of their songs I'd heard without knowing the true origins. It reminds me of NiN or Tool, but with a little more edge to it and less dystopian metal clanging.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

As for this album, it's a nimble, uncompromising distillation of everything good about 70s punk, reimagined as an artistic statement from another world. It's catchy but haunting. It's simplistic but ambitious. It's hardcore punk mixed with synthpop, yet it predates both. It's a post-punk paradox and a strong example of PERFECTION.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Classic. Requiem and Bloodsport are probably favorites.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

I really liked this. I had high expectations and this album exceeded them. I will definitely be listening to this again.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

asså ja. ja ja ja. fy fan. jag älskar sån här skit. slow gothic punkigt. kanske inte är världens bästa skiva men för mig personligen så mmmmmm

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

amazing!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

This rips. 9/10

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Wow! What a perfect example of a transition from punk to post-punk. It's got the raw energy of early 70s punk with the refinement yet experimental nature of punk's 80 predecessors. Amazing stuff.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Loved it. Some really great rifts and just beats. Don't know how this escaped me. this what this list is for.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Heavy, industrial, feel like there are also some dub influences here. Surprised I'd never heard of this before; feel like a band like Big Black or Failure would have worn copies of this record. Favorite tracks: "Wardance", "The Wait", "S.O.36"

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

This album is a seminal post punk record that has been cited by many musicians as influential. This album goes beyond its post punk pedigree and anticipates grunge and alternative rock while incorporating electronic sounds. The fact that Killing Joke was released in 1980 is astonishing given how it sounds like it was released within in the last 30 years. All in all this Album was incredibly ahead of its time.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

really good post-punk I enjoyed the shit out of it, 9/10

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

So glad this is on the list. I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice along with two other albums. I was already a fan of their most popular songs, Eighties & Love Like Blood, but this album was rougher with a mix of rock, punk & industrial. At times, they reminded me of Ministry. I'll be listening to Killing Joke regularly (which is something I've been meaning to do anyway). They've got a new lifelong fan.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Outstanding example of early electro-punk fusion.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

me morí de risa

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

I’m not sure if I’ve heard Killing Joke before. I might be thinking of the graphic novel, although I’ve never read that either. It seems to be 80s rock from what I can gather from a cursory glance on Apple Music, so this could potentially be very suited to my taste. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Requiem, Bloodsport What a fantastic sound! When the synth intro of Requiem started up, I wasn’t sure which way it would go as it wouldn’t sound out of place in house music, but this is punk rock through and through. I can definitely say that I’ve never heard punk rock that utilises synths quite like this. It never veers into what would be considered pop-punk these days, which is hard to wrap my head around with that synth. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, and the instrumental Bloodsport was outstanding. I’ll certainly be giving this a lot of play time.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Listened to it twice and never understood a single word (to be fair, some of it was in German). Some really sick grooves, though. Best track: S.O.36

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

I’m way behind on my appreciation of this band, but I’ve always liked their name and wanted to do a deep dive. Maybe this is the push I need. Really liked it, especially the voice. Can clearly hear the influence on a ton of other bands I’ve listened to over the years. Good stuff.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

The opener, "Requiem" was an attention grabber. With the exception of a few noisy interludes in the middle this was an excellent album. It felt about 10 years ahead of its time as its influence on industrial metal and alternative rock are immediately clear. Will definitely revisit this one.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Well that was suprising. I enjoyed that album alot. I winced when I saw 1980, never have been a huge fan. I think it helped I had heard covers of these songs previous maybe. Top 3 The Wait, Requiem, Change 4 of 5

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Muy buena energía, rock darks, grandes riffs y una batería siempre presente. Disfruté mucho de inicio a fin. Le doy 9/10.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

8/10 disfrute mucho el disco

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

This whips ass.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Good hard rock. More interesting than I expected.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Postpunk, pre-goth?, marihuano, depre y casi pesado en partes iguales. Varias canciones interesantes con percusiones energéticas que contrastan con las cuerdas mansas, repetitivas y medio hipnóticas. Supongo que el mood vampírico habría sido satisfactorio para los aires góticos de los ochenta como Sisters of Mercy, no lo sé. Tomorrow's World le gustó a mi darketo retro interno y aprueba porque me recordó a Theatre des Vampires. The Wait está movidona para bailar un headbanging ligero dando saltitos, vestido de negro, en un bar lleno de gente que dice que se quiere morir. S.O.3.6 = Atisbos de depressive doom metal??? calif: 4 por algunas cancionsillas que están medio flojas, pero en general muy satisfecho.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

This was ok, in the right mood I could really like it. In the wrong mood it sounds very sixth form. Will give it 4 but it should be 3.5

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Killing Joke’s _Killing Joke_ killed it! I only know of their music from a little later in their career, specifically the song _Eighties_. I quite enjoyed this album, it had some fun experimenting going on.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

kind of weird but not in a bad way, interesting sounds

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Kende niet veel van Killing Joke eigenlijk, heel tof!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Its different and you'll either like it or not. Funk/Industrial/Prog Rock is an interesting combo. Band is obviously talented, discovered their own sound and inspired a lot of big name bands today

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

3 и 7 тречки вообще хорошие, эх вот бы их семплами кендрику!

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Killing Joke в порядке, мне нравятся как минимум хитовые темы (особенно знаменитый кавер на Нирвану, балдеж же) По альбому — немного смешанные чувства. Вообще ну, я его понял. И для себя в целом сделал вывод, что нет смысла гнать на затянутость композиций, ибо сделаны они таковыми намерено. Ну и свой поинт в этом есть, особенно если учитывать, что в жанрах указан индастриал — примерно так там всё и происходит. Долгие зацикленные куски. Здесь ещё и время от времени годным вокалом разбавлены. Также в голову пришло сравнение с Телевижн опять же, но быстрее поспешил отбросить, ибо по сравнению с Марки Муном этот альбом просто плотнейше сосёт. Но и цель другая была, вероятно. В целом и общем мне понравилось, например, более, чем Джой Дивижн. Несмотря на тэг «пост-панк» в этом музле нет вот того раздражающего примитива и пересахаренности самых видных представителей жанра. Да и в целом под этот тэг попадали самые разные группы, в том числе Мелвинс, Дево, Депеш Мод, Б-52, Хускер Ду и прочие, имеющие мизерное влияние на декаданс нынешней пост-панк сцены. Посему огульно клеймить не стоит. Но всё же неприятие немного э. Вторая песня своим отпроцешенным вокалом раздражает. Bloodsport всё-таки слишком скучная для инструментала. И вообще всё немного однообразное. Но под настроение, думаю, можно врубить и почиллить (ага да). Ну 7/10 всё же есть, наверное, особенно там за риффаки в The Wait и Complications, за припев S.O.36. Довольно годное музло по итогу.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Right mood at the right time. The album hits pretty hard to listen to at work, but it happened to work for me on this day. This album is fantastic. Music is so much about current mood. DIG IT!

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Lotta cool things happening here. I can hear their influence in a lot of places.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Ooooooo I like the intro for the first song. Second song has some alien vocals lol. Ya know what, it's a good beat though. This album kinda sounds like the first or second one after a garage band period. In this case, it's a good thing. I'm digging it. Yeah, I liked this a lot. I'm gonna give it a 4 only because I think it could've been mixed just a little bit better.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Better than I expected. Big driving bass and drums, heavy riffs, some pommy bastard over the top. The Wait was a good song. Heavy, energetic, competent and keeps it up for the whole listen.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

I have heard of this band but never heard anything from this band, what a great surprise. Sounds ahead of its time

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Interesting. Enjoyed this. Sits well alongside Gang of Four's 'Entertainment'.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

I really liked this one. It’s a solid post punk/proto-industrial album that utilizes funk, electronic musical elements and noise to interesting effect. What they’re doing is foundational to what industrial artists will be doing 8-10 years down the line, but it’s also fairly accessible for the casual listener. The arrangements are simple and surprisingly melodic on occasion. Jaz Coleman’s vocals are strong, and the lyrics are spare, visceral and effective. The band has great chemistry and takes a less is more approach overall, with bass and drums taking a prominent place in their sound. Paul Ferguson’s hard driving but simple drums show a necessary restraint many drummers don't have. Youth’s bass guitar work is killer. This is all augmented by Geordie Walker’s fierce, grinding guitars and an economic use of synthesizers. Fave Songs: The Wait, Bloodsport, Complications, Requiem

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

A decade ahead of it's time

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

It sounds really like a contemporary album.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Pretty good album. Some really catchy songs and very ahead of its time.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I had never heard of these guys, but I was glad to have listened to this. A very pleasant surprise

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

never really listened to them before but absolutely loved the dark inventiveness of this album, some great sounds enjoyed it very much

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Pretty cool noise and way ahead of its time.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Hi: Complication, Change Lo: Tomorrow's World A little bit Jane's Addiction and Fugazi, a little bit Pop Will Eat Itself and Pigface. KJ features driving machinelike rhythms and crunchy guitars, and just enough synth to set it even farther apart. This album may sound a little dated by today's standards, but it still has good bones, and we wouldn't have much of an industrial scene in the 90's if it weren't for Killing Joke.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

The sound coming out of this album is before its time. I really liked this album more than I thought I would. Instead of being some relic of the late London punk scene, Killing Joke provided some good sounds to last and inspire the next generation of musicians. Of the bands that have cited them as profound influences, Metallica and Soundgarden are not my favorite, thought I did find it interesting to know both LCD Soundsystem and Jane's Addition cited them as inspiration. Never listened to them before, but will definitely listen to them in the future.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Nice post-punk album. Been wanting to listen to this band for awhile

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

7/10. Enjoyable enough considering the length.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Pretty rad

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Wow. I already knew this record, along with the super catchy '80s'. This time listening again I could really appreciate the vocals. I have never heard such grandiose aesthetic rock histrionics before, opening sonic dimensions. Oh yeah, and the guitar and rhythms are kick ass, as well. Nevermind chicken little panic about asteroids, but Dave Grohl was on drums, so come as you are.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

You can't go wrong with post-punk. Instant like. I love the mix of synths with rhythmic drumming and riffs that give off a very gothic appeal. Not to mention that badass album cover. Reminds me of the Wire's Chairs Missing. Some tracks remind me of other post-punk / New Wave songs I know, but I can't put my fingers on it. "Bloodsport" kinda sounds like something from the A-side of Bowie's Low. Only issue I have is that some tracks are too long, which means that repetition tires me by the time a track's only halfway, but it's still pretty cool. The pop-like tracks "Requiem," "The Wait," and "Complications" give me plenty of options to convince other people to get into postpunk. Enjoyed all the tracks, I'll seek out their other work!

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Like this album very much.Older now but would def be rocking this back in my party days.wish I had known

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

A heavy throbbing slab of post punk with elements of metal. The opening track, Requiem, is the stand-out. 3.5/5

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

This feels like an awesome amalgamation of 70s Punk and 80s Goth and New Wave with a bit of Motorhead sprinkled over the top. Overall result is something that must have sounded like nothing else in 1980s and still sounds fresh today. You can hear the influence in contemporary industrial metal bands like Rammstein for sure

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

1980 - Post-punk; industrial rock; gothic rock; new wave; synth-pop; industrial metal

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I like a bunch of these, especially Requiem, that simple pulsating synth is a lot of fun. There are a few songss here and there that are just "ok" for me, but overall a cool post-punk album for sure.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

My main reaction to this is that I find it astounding that it came out in 1980! It sounds remarkably fresh and vital after all these years. Very ahead of its time and certainly holds up well. Love their heavy sound, especially when they incorporate the electronic elements. Love the atmosphere. Only thing I didn't care for were the modulated vocals on "Wardance."

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Thought this was great, Talking Heads vibes.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

3.5-4 but cool innovative album.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Feels very dated to me. I like other Killing Joke albums more, but still a pretty impressive debut

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Great for a mood, or a soundtrack to throwing a molotov.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Album won me over in the end. Great listen.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

J'ai découvert Killing Joke en 2003 avec l'autre album Killing Joke sorti à cette époque lorsque j'étais disquaire. Cet album de 2003 a été enregistré avec Dave Grohl au drum. Ça fait un moment que je l'ai écouté, mais j'avais bien aimé. Ici on est donc où tout a commencé. J'ai découvert à l'écoute de cet album que la chanson The Wait que j'avais découverte sur l'album The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited de Metallica est de ce groupe. Je savais que l'album de Metallica était des reprises, mais je n'avais pas cherché à découvrir les pièces originales. Bref, j'adore cette chanson. Sinon pour le reste, j'aime vraiment plein de choses sur cet album. On est dans du post-punk, du rock, des racines d'industriel (voir une bonne influence pour Nine Inch Nails). On a mix de la voix et une façon de chanter qui fait penser par moment aux premiers album de The Cure. On a une guitare incisive qui se démarque de ce qu'on entend habituellement, tout comme les synthétiseurs qui sont plus agressifs. La basse très en avant qui a souvent sa propre ligne me plait beaucoup. Je trouve que tous les musiciens se complètent bien. Mon point un peu négatif serait que ça devient un peu répétitif par moment, surtout après The Wait. Je vais assurément revenir à cet album et sûrement l'ajouter éventuellement à ma collection. Pièce préférée: The Wait

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Is it goth? Is it post-punk? Is it industrial? All I know for sure is that Jaz Coleman looks disappointingly normal while doing his weekly shop.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

A bit of an ordeal

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

enjoyed this a lot more than i expected. for some reason i always had them down as being a pop punk band who sing about willys and being immature.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Really firm and raw. Got a little bland a few songs in, but I really desired a live show after this.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Somewhere in the space between Joy Division, Sonic Youth, and proto-Nine Inch Nails. Really cool, and excellently executed vision.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

This is one heavy album. And the opener Requiem is the albums heaviest song. The album is carried by the greatness of Requiem. Requiem is the perfect distillation of classic Black Sabbath through the filter of 1980s Punk/post punk in GB. Both reminiscent of the past as well as predicting the Goth and Industrial styles to come. There are other good songs on Killing Joke, But its Requiem that makes this album a 4.5

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

took me a couple of listens but i think i like this one. War dance is a lot of fun

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Vraiment bon, en avance sur son temps, définitivement à réécouter.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Brutal filled with grunge punk and many other fast paced genres. Vicious almost

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Better than expected, although similar to other albums still enjoyable

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I loved being introduced to this. This is an ur-text for much of my favorite music, esoterically the industrial stuff I love. A mixture of metal, dub, krautrock and post-punk, the claustrophobic, apocalyptic sound is muscular and riving. I enjoyed this so much, and it goes onto my must-get list.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

As much a post-punk band as a proto-industrial one, Killing Joke have a somewhat important place in the history of those two genres, even though what they accomplished during the eighties was later refined by very different bands going from Big Black to Nine Inch Nails, bringing more interesting rhythms and sounds to the barebones formula displayed by the band's first LP. With this mind, it's still nice to hear that highlights "Requiem", "Wardance" and "The Wait" still set a pretty high bar from the get-go, in spite of the early years in which they were recorded. And apart from the extremely clunky white-funk instrumental (?) "Bloodsports"--clearly out of place here--everything else on this record is more than decent, if not absolutely mindblowing. Check out the later album *Night Time*, too, if you're intrested in the band. Not for "Love Like Blood", a poppier experiment that hit the charts and yet didn't age that well, but at least for two other tracks: mesmerizing "Darkness Before Dawn" and catchy "Eighties". The latter is famous because Kurt Cobain probably nicked its intro for the one on "Come As You Are", but it's not the only reason the song should be listened to given its prophetic lyrics about how said competition-driven "eighties" would be perceived in later decades. Because, hey, Killing Joke could get pretty topical too, even if it was in a goofy, somewhat low brow way. And this topicality is *also* an asset of their first record for those who are into that sort of thing, by the way... I need to know if I have enough room on my list to include this one, to be honest. But I *do* wish I have room for it, even though I'm not a *huge* fan of the industrial genre. Time will tell. Hope "the wait" doesn't seem too long for me, at least... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 838 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 89 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 40 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important: 34 (including this one)

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

I have no idea why I never listened to much Killing Joke before. Caught my attention with the very first track and didn't let go until the album was done. I'm definitely remedy the fact that I've paid so little attention to Killing Joke up until now.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

This is right up my alley, never heard of Killing Joke and for a second I accidentally started listening to the 2003 album that has the same name before realizing my mistake. Based on the name and the album I'm expecting some Punk. Instead, this is some straightforward solid Rock. It's parts Industrial, Metal, Grunge, Goth, but where it falls in between all of those you get some solid rock music that sounds way ahead of its time. Definitely dig this, would listen again and I'm interested to explore more of this band. Really well done, the instrumentals really stand out here.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

amazing

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Totally missed this band down the decades. Reminds me (a little bit) of Gang of Four who I love. Vrey giid indeed.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Very cool album

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Wow, really liked this one. I would have loved to listen to the original, as opposed to the remaster, as the band produced it themselves and I can only imagine that the intent of that was heavily muted on a 2005 digital remaster

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Very good and can definitely hear the influences they had on future artists in many of the songs. Way ahead of their time.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Really enjoyed the driving rhythms throughout

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

What's not to like about dystopian art punk funk rock?? Sounds like a soup made from The Cure and Joy Division, that's been mixed in a Pet Shop Boys synth blender.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Interesting

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Very good

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

I was quick to dismiss this album as "just another punk, or post-punk british band", which is true, but up to a point. Killing Joke is in my opinion much more climatic and more music-orientated than their contemporaries from the time. A lot of the album is instrumental and those parts are definitely the best assets, showing real talent from the musicians, but also creating a great atmosphere on the album. Perhaps what actually attracted me to this record is the slightly heavier approach to the genre and bleaker sound, which somehow still feels fresh today. So far I gave it only a quick glance, but for sure I am saving this album for future reference and to come back and listen to it without rush.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Groovy, bleak, industrial punk.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
3

This is more of a 3.5 than a 3. Some songs were just listenable, but others were quite nice. Reminds me of middle school and discovering the Cure, the Smiths, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

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Mon Dec 14 2020
3

2.5 stars

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Haven’t finished listening.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Fine, if a bit weird. Not my speed.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

not bad sound wise but hard to get into

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Interesting, but bit hard

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Correct, mais un peu trop all over the place je trouve

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I could give it another try but I'm not feeling it. I could see myself really liking it if I fist heard it as a teenager

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Some good some not. Music more engaging than lyrics. Particularly like bass guitar. Change might be my favorite.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

Definitely sounds before it’s time

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Actually liked this more than I thought I would. Not exactly my type of music but it was actually kind of good to write goals down too? It wasn’t as heavy as I thought it would be.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Primera canción bien. Segunda, miedo. Post-punkindustrial rockhard rock. Se desgañita. Le he puesto un 3 porque hay varias canciones que me gustan. Pero casi le doy un 2.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

I enjoyed this, good heavy production

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

cringed at the album artwork, but it wasnt what i expected. first 2 tracks were pretty good. is this metal? doesnt feel like it in places

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

First track is a bop, decent sound overall. Could get into this if I'm in the right mood

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Appreciate them for beign fast paced. not an every day album but a fun one.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Не сильно пропёрся. The Wait интересный, крепкий трек. Не него, к слову, Метла в своё время кавер запилила для альбома. Wardance скучная муть. К слову, изначально был уверен, что поётся Wardrobe, мол кто-то сильно гардеробы любит. Но оказалось скушнее. Change просто кал, благо, была добавлена при переиздании, можно попробовать воспринимать альбом без неё. Primitive намного менее примитивный трек и лучше справляется с ролью закрывашки. В целом альбом часто душит репетативностью. Если сократить до EP - мб и норм было бы, а так - проходняк с парой интересных моментов.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

The Wait and Changes are the best songs on this album

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

As expected. OK, but dated

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

As a youngster this was great but now... 3 stars.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Best Tracks:

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

enjoyed - reminded me of The Clash

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

La parte punk del post-punk, la otra cara de la moneda de Joy Division. Credito donde corresponde, son buenos. No me gustan, pero son buenos. Digo lo mismo que siempre digo de Joy Division. El objetivo no era sonar perfecto, era decir lo que tenian que decir.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

harter rock mit metal einflüssen

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Tue May 11 2021
3

This definitely just reminds me of Metallica, motorhead and such. The more I listened the more I enjoyed it for that.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Sowing the seeds of industrial music. Not bad, but somewhat forgettable. Will need another listen

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Decent. Reminds me of the Black Angels.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Need to listen again!

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Alright. Nothing extraordinary. Some of the songs were monotonous which detracted from the experience.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

enjoyed it more than i thought i would - post punk, post industrial album with a few songs that really hit the mark. altogether, could have had shortened some of the interludes and the angsty vocals

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Not bad

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Rad.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

I guess they were more known (in the early days) for the throbbing industrial numbers like Requiem, but I prefer the more "up-tempo" tracks. The scratchy guitar and rhythm section are a bit Gang of 4-ish, especially in “Complications”. It sounds like Simple Minds had heard “BloodSport” when they wrote “Love Song”. Quite a leap from this to “Love Like Blood”.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

I have to keep reminding myself that this was made 4 decades ago. If you forget everything that has happened in music since 1980, this LP sounds very original and interesting. While songs like Requiem are quite good, a number of songs sound like work in progress. It's punchy and can be effective to make each line in a stanza a separate sentence but an entire album consisting of sentences limited to no more than three or four words can be tiring

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

I LOVE the first track (Love Like Blood) but am bored with the rest of it. A true one hit wonder. The hit IS deliriously good, though.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

litesmåmys

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

I wasn't sold on the first song, which is apparently the most popular, but the album won me over with its grit. No masterpiece, but enjoyable.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Good tunes, let down by the vocals.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Et bien moi j'ai beaucoup aimé cet album n'en déplaise à robpelletiere. L'occasion d'encourager tout le monde à lire ses dernières reviews, qui sont toutes plus décevantes les unes que les autres. C'est donc ça le niveau requis pour être le deuxieme revieweur le plus populaire du générateur? Laissez-moi rire...

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

An interesting mix of heavy/dark rhythms with synth. Requiem stands out and the others blend in a bit with each other, but overall good energy and attitude.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Rock punk

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Sun Oct 31 2021
3

It was fine. Probably better than fine. I just didn't really have any strong feelings. Didn't really like it, but it wasn't bad or anything. It was fine.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

79. Killing Joke - Killing Joke 13 tracks. Lazy naming aside, this surprised me in a good way. It has aged REALLY well. While certainly not something I would choose to listen to, it kept me engaged and interested in what the next track would be like. Decent. 👍 3/5

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Já já, ágætt en ekki gott fyrir prófaundirbúning.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

"Bass, lead, to tell the killing joke, we mean it man ! Total exploitation, no information, anonymity" I’ve read this a bunch of times and I still don’t get it. But that doesn’t matter because Geordie Walker and Youth soon both joined and the band made an interesting album. I dig the post-punk sound, especially the bass player. The guitars shred. I wish the instrumentals Bloodsport had words. While this isn’t going in my library, I would like to listen again.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

had a couple jams but overall it was just angsty and british in a way that i don't really care for. 5/10

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

This was alright, I'm not the biggest fan of it. The thing with most Punk bands is that you can tell that they have a lot of musical talent. However, most of the punk I've listened to is not very enjoyable. Maybe that's the point.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Good proto-industrial music mixed a bit with new wave. I hadn't heard them before and thought it was a nice little discovery. My industrial days are mostly over but this was good enough to convince me to listen again sometime soon. Giving it 3 but feels more like 3.5.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Man, those are some wacky sounds in this one! I'm elated to finally have an album I've never heard before for this one. It seems like the real kicker for this album is the lyricism and it's importance in the 1980s UK. Most people brushed it off when it dropped and only picked it up as a faux warsong album. As a 70s diehard, it feels very nostalgic of the post-Vietnam era songwriting, but with an early metal vibe. As I'm listening, I'm most drawn to the weird instrumentation during the intros of most of their songs and then by the vocals. I don't know the name Jaz Coleman, but, after hearing his voice, I want to know more. All in all, a very interesting piece. I'm sure it would mean even more to those that lived through the protest era in the UK. I wonder if the lyrics might be an interesting study given the current climate of protests and civil unrest. Might be more to it than we think.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Detta var mycket bättre än jag trodde att det skulle vara. Jag förväntade mig inte så mycket alls. Baserat på namnet hade jag gissat att det skulle ha nåt med cool hard rawk att göra, men det var ju gothrock? mm

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Mitt första intryck var kanon. Vid andra genomlyssningen känner jag inte riktigt att det har staying power för mig. En stark 3:a!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

6.3

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

An okay listen. It was an interesting combo of 70s rock and 80s punk. I probably won't relisten, though.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Nah, wasn't all that great.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Solid Debut, but I wasn't too invested into it. Favorites: "Requiem", "Wardance", "The Wait"

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

A good joke

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Nice sound but bit samey through the album

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Post-punk which I listened to more or less happily. I understand the band evolved after their debut, leaving me with rather higher hopes for other albums. This one is a touch too produced up front, starts to stretch its legs and then ends.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Highlights: Bloodsport. I love an album that is specific and pointed in what it's angry about. Also I love a funky guitar groove.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Punk is not my favorite genre. That Said, Some of the songs were good! Particularly the beginning of the album. Later in the album gets to be a little harsh for my taste, but overall is was good

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Después de varias vueltas este 3.5 es de los más difíciles qué he tenido para subir o bajar. Me sorprendió la fuerza de la banda y que no suenan a algo que tiene 40 años. Por otro lado, se quedaron en la línea de volarme los sesos. Es buena música, sonido crudo y fuera de lo cotidiano pero que le falta un pelo para asombrar completamente.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

fine, but had my fill of this in the Phono in Leeds Merion Centre in 1994

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Ok

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

It had it's moments, I just didn't love it. Feeling too lazy to go into detail.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Complications tem um vocal interessante

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Nice gritty light industrial feel. Not bad but unlikely to be on my replay list

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Meh

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Only listened to half of the album. It's not that it was so bad. In fact, I guess I found it more enjoyable than unenjoyable. But it was just too distracting during work.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Another ok album

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Mira, no tenía idea que esto existía, pero la primera canción me cautivó y se fue directo a mis listas.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Album de post-punk intéressant. Un peu gloomy comme son, parfois les chansons sonnait toute pareil. La chanson Change est un bon single pour l'album

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Pretty good. I liked the songs where he sang. Some songs were just the same riff on repeat for 4 minutes

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

not my cup

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Cool, thought it was going to be scary because the name is scary but it wasn’t scary

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Ikkje så inspirerande

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

I hadn't heard of this band, though it looks like I should have. This is the third or fourth punk band it's picked lately. It was fine but didn't stand out to me.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Never heard of this band, couldn't understand a lot of the lyrics but the music was fun. I could see picking this up if I saw it at a shop to slot in alongside The Clash and Sex Pistols on the shelf

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Love the music. Hate the vocals.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

I need to always stop and think about genre definitions when there's a UK "punk" band on the list. Another ok album though I'm sure influential.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

This album made me overlook my dislike of both post-punk and overtly British things on this list. I'd heard The Wait before (yeah lol), I know I've listened to one of their later albums and it left me cold, but this was kinda fresh. I like the industrial vibe. A bit minimalist and repetitive - really sets the stage for something like Ministry a few years later. 3/5.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Good for heavy lifting at the gym. Wouldn’t listen to it during other activities. Like the guitar and drum but not really the voice/singing part.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

I didn’t mind this. I didn’t feel like it dragged at all but I preferred the instrumental songs. I doubt I would listen to this again but it was alright.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Прослушано. Альбом яркий, но не мое.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Another album ahead of it’s time and underdeveloped but had some cool stuff

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Got better each time I listened to it. By the end of the day….i was a fan. Still need more time to give it a higher rating. 3/5

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

A strange listen and way better than expected. No love for the vocals but really liked the raw and repetitive music. Swear I can hear shades of this in certain 90s albums. Prime cut: Requiem

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Great opening track and the rest is also really listenable.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Classic industrial post-punk also with a bit groove and a sprinkle of shoegaze, I thought. The opening track ‘Requiem’ is the standout but the rest of the album chuggs along reassuringly in the background.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Not the best album

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

favourite song: tomorrow’s world least favourite song: requiem very solid album, no major complaints but didnt quite grab my interest

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Pretty interesting noise rock or early industrial rock. for the 80s this sounds pretty modern but not my favorite style of music

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Like it! It's quite straightforward and took a couple of listens to land. Nice punk vibes. Definetly mad about stuff now, not sure what yet.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
2

On first listen this didn’t massively stick out to me. I enjoyed the sound of some of the songs and the new wave elements. I think I was slightly lost by the album being a compilation and therefore would prefer the opportunity to check out albums to get a more cohesive feel of the band’s work.

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Sun Oct 04 2020
2

Yo lo odie pero los demás no tanto

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

not my thing, but i can see why some might like it.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Made me feel uneasy

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

I understand why this could be influential but I just didn't enjoy it that much

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Sadly, another entry on this list that is just decent, mostly forgettable rock.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Too heavy

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Pues nada especial por aquí

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