Their first album, Killing Joke, was released in 1980. A lot has changed since then, but that doesn’t include Killing Joke’s highly influential industrial rock sound. The band is credited as having influenced many later bands, such as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and Sound Garden. Killing Joke, with its original lineup, has announced the release date for their 16th studio album, Pylon. The album will be released on October 23rd via Spinefarm Records.
The ten-track album Pylon has plenty of character and will certainly command the attention of listeners. The album features the same steady pounding of polyrhythmic drumming, scorching guitars, and tribal vocals which gave rise to later industrial music.
The album delivers a jolt of electricity to the heart of the listener in the opening track, Autonomous Zone. From the first listen, it sounds like vintage Killing Joke: tribal beats, thick guitar clangor and shredded vocals from intense frontman Jaz Coleman. The track, like most on the album, also delivers the hard hitting percussion of “Big” Paul Ferguson.
Lyrically, Pylon fits into the band’s long-standing tradition of conspiracy theories and authoritarian defiance, culminating in the chorus of I Am The Virus: “I am the fury/The spirit of outrage/I am the virus!” If you were looking for an intelligent and challenging listen, this track, alongside War on Freedom and Delete may be the ones for you.
Euphoria, much to the name’s suggestion, has much lighter and more melodic qualities than the rest of the album. It holds a kind of dark beauty that one can only expect from Killing Joke. And, like the dark magic the band is often associated with, the track has the ability to mesmerize.
It’s beyond dispute that the fire is still burning behind Killing Joke. Willfully unpredictable and honestly angry, most of Pylon sounds like the end of civilization as we know it.