Metal Hammer

Since their formation in 1979 London’s post-punk pioneers Killing Joke have established themselves as one of the finest cult acts this country has ever produced.

They’ve evolved from their early gritty punk and dub mash up, to touch on industrial metal, goth melodrama, slick new wave pop and much, much more over their time together, in the process inspiring everyone from Metallica to Nirvana to LCD Soundsystem.

It’s been a wild ride – to our knowledge, no other band fled to Iceland during the ’80s in the hope of escaping the apocalypse – but, the band’s current line-up is the same as the ‘classic’ line-up they began with, namely Geordie Walker on guitar, Youth on bass, ‘Big’ Paul Ferguson on drums and Jaz Coleman on vocals. And remarkably, perhaps uniquely, they sound as fearsome now as they did 40 years ago.

Here’s Killing Joke’s back catalogue re-reviewed, rated and ranked.


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