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Killing Joke

Killing Joke

1980

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Killing Joke

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2.92

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

Avangardiste

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5

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

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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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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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5

Great album with no skips. Love the industrial sound

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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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5

Classic. Requiem and Bloodsport are probably favorites.

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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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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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5

amazing!

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5

This rips. 9/10

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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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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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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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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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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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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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8/10 disfrute mucho el disco

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This whips ass.

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4

Good hard rock. More interesting than I expected.

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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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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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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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4

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

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Kende niet veel van Killing Joke eigenlijk, heel tof!

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

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

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

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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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A decade ahead of it's time

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It sounds really like a contemporary album.

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

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

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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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Pretty cool noise and way ahead of its time.

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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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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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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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4

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

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7/10. Enjoyable enough considering the length.

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Pretty rad

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

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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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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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Thought this was great, Talking Heads vibes.

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3.5-4 but cool innovative album.

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

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4

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

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4

Album won me over in the end. Great listen.

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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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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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4

A bit of an ordeal

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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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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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2.5 stars

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Haven’t finished listening.

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3

Fine, if a bit weird. Not my speed.

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3

not bad sound wise but hard to get into

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3

Interesting, but bit hard

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

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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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3

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

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3

Definitely sounds before it’s time

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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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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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I enjoyed this, good heavy production

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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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3

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

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

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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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3

The Wait and Changes are the best songs on this album

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3

As expected. OK, but dated

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

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Best Tracks:

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enjoyed - reminded me of The Clash

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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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harter rock mit metal einflüssen

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

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Decent. Reminds me of the Black Angels.

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Need to listen again!

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3

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

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Not bad

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Rad.

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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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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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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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litesmåmys

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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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Good tunes, let down by the vocals.

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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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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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Rock punk

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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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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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Já já, ágætt en ekki gott fyrir prófaundirbúning.

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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6.3

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

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Nah, wasn't all that great.

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

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A good joke

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Nice sound but bit samey through the album

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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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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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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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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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Yo lo odie pero los demás no tanto

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

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Made me feel uneasy

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

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

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Too heavy

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Pues nada especial por aquí

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No sé qué calificación ponerle porque sí me gustó pero muy poquito.

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Además de algunos soniditos adelantados a su época, nada memorable.

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Distant, pissed off, 80s shit. Not the worst but not for me.

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Ni fu ni fa

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meh

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Pues no es mi tipo de música

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Verschrikkelijk, zeg. De naam van de band vind ik wel heel leuk (omdat ik een tante Joke heb), daarom twee sterren ipv een.

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Kon er niet zoveel mee.

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Tja, heeft veel weg van Joy Division maar dan iets funkier. Ook veel rauwer dan Love Like Blood. Leuk om een keer mee kennis gemaakt te hebben maar niet voor een hele plaat.

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Sommige nummers waren echt lekker. Simpele maar doeltreffende basloopjes.

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Bracing.

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

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Not my type of music. Theres better and theres worse, but this falls short of my expectations. Favorite song(s) are Requiem and The Wait. This rating was scaled because its not my type of music, but I understand how other people could listen to it regularly.

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Por algún motivo me hizo acordar a Sumo. Particularmente Tomorrow's World. Me gusta el sonido medio podrido y psicodélico que manejan. El arte de tapa me hace acordar a esos viejos fancines que te daban en la puerta de los recitales que eran la fotocopia de la fotocopia de la fotocopia, cosa que me encanta. El sonido en general del disco está muy bien. Bloodsport, The Wait (que tiene los acordes bastantes parecidos a 'Yo Canibal' de Los Redondos) y Requiem son los temeas que más me gustaron. 7/10 ludomatics

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A bit of a grower but I'll probably never go back to it.

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Killing Joke 1980 debut not their later album of the same name which is stupid. Very of its time lyrically, war references despite there not really being a war on middle children of history angst. all about war. Bloodsport is one of the only good tracks and is instrumental, this is not co-incidental. Only other decent track was The Wait which is a cover. S.O.36 this ain't no CBGB primitive is a strong closer but did not save the album and would have been better as an instrumental 2 - not for me but doesn't hurt my ears - experimental for experimentals sake. not a one but could be depending on the day.

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Medium

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There's a lot going on here. Not really my thing

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Weird. Not really for me.

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I really like Killing Joke’s single - Love like blood it’s propulsive and has great guitar and bass hooks. Most of this album doesn’t come close to this benchmark and all of the songs sound pretty much the same to me. The exceptions are Requiem, Wardance and Change but it just isn’t enough for me to seek this out to listen to unfortunately.

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A little bit overwhelming for me, but sometimes you're in the mood for something like this.

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Dark crunchy goth grooving. The soundtrack to trying to stay standing up on a dancefloor for longer than you'd like.

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231221 15:49 2.5

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Pretty tough to imagine that this band was a big influence on such great hard rock groups. Their songs felt boring and repetitive. A lot of them were long and would drown on. Their style wasn’t bad but it’s been done better by other bands of the same era. This was a pretty passable album. 3.4/10

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In the context of 1980 I can see why this was groundbreaking and influenced the whole industrial genre. It's just not my thing

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Bit too thumpy and repetitive, but fine as background music. Fav new track: Requiem

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Didn't quite get to the end, because I just got tired.

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There are a lot of interesting, very thematic with post-punk musical ideas here that blend right into the vibe of the music. That being said, I think other bands like Magazine and New Order did it better. I don't find this particularly exciting or new, especially when Magazine's Self-Titled came out the year before. These are just kind of punk songs that lack the grip, bite, and catchiness of predecessors & contemporaries such as The Clash, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, and Ramones.

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It was An album.

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Not for me

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Några bra stunder men lite för mycket edge för mig egentligen. Så jävla whack sound, känns som de medvetet clippar ljudet för att ge en högljudd image. Lyssnar hellre på hög volym utan clipp

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En la mayoría de canciones de este disco parece como si un hooligan se hubiese colado en el estudio de grabación pegando gritos y al grupo le hiciese gracia y se quedase así. Por lo demás, este álbum pasa sin pena ni gloria por tus oídos. Solo “Change” se hace notar un poco.

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* Not for me, but I didn't hate it.

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Hard to pin this sound down. Industrial, post-punk, Brit-rock. Is an odd mixture. Sometimes catchy (like "Primitive"), sometimes redundant and goes no-where ("Tomorrow's World"), sometimes hard driving ("The Wait"). Has it's own sound which appears a bit ahead of their time. To me, is like an unpolished version of Tool. In the end, not really much to me. D+

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Music that sounds way too simple to these ears. Maybe I could have grown to appreciate it if I grew up with it, but that is not the case (and, I’d argue, for very audible reasons).

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Very industrial post punk. Could have been 1990 rather than 1980. Impressive on that basis, but too harsh for me.

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Just boring? A really forgettable album. 4/10.

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"Killing Joke" is an early and raw effort in the industrial rock genre, mixing post punk with a very metallic instrumentation. I understand that this is an historic record for the industrial scene, but doesn't sound particularly good.

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2-3 bons trucs. C’est pas très conventionnel, mais c’est pas hyper intéressant non-plus. Ça s’écoute bien quand même.

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Connaissais zéro ce band, peut-être vu un t-shirt ou une patch de bummer... J'appréhendais mais c'était meilleur que je pensais. Un peu répétititf mais quelques surprises, sons de synths cool et bass pas inintéressante.

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ahh metal

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Ugh industrial post punk is not for me. I feel like if some one asked me to make an album this weekend, I could could probably bash this out easy enough but I wouldn’t be happy with the results.

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The music wasn't bad. Is there a reason why this album needs to be on this list?

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Um, nah. I'm not listening to this. Too metal for me man. It does make me want to listen to the Arctic Monkeys though, so here I go!

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Toohard

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Did not enjoy

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Hard to get through this one

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First song gave me hope for a gem but it just delved into punk garbage. Not feeling this at all.

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It felt like nothing worked: mix was terrible, sound was bland, words were uninspiring. I'm not really sure what the point of this album was, but it was extremely mediocre.

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Really simplistic punk rock -- no real instrumentation to speak of, mostly the same handful of riffs and chords, very repetitive. Also struggled a lot with the vocals -- not very melodic, and while the vocal FX have been used to good effect for bands like Mars Volta, I found it really grating when paired with the lackluster music. Just not my jam, I guess?

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This was terrible. My ears hurt halfway through the second song

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“Not my thing” - Rich, probably. Also me

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meh

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Generic and very plodding in places, everyone else did it better than this. The Wait is the only redeeming feature.

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