Killing Joke 40th Anniversary Official Deluxe Re-issues released 11th December via Spinefarm Records, under the ‘Laugh At Your Peril’ banner
Gatherers of the World, Killing Joke are delighted to announce that now, 40 years down the line, with the original line-up reunited, their current worldwide label Spinefarm Records is undertaking a series of Official Re-issues.
These releases commence with 4 beautifully presented titles on December 11th – the ‘Killing Joke’ album, the ‘Pandemonium’ album, ‘The Singles Collection: 1979 – 2012’ set, and the ‘I Am The Virus’ 12” single.
All be available as vinyl packages (plus a Special Edition CD, in the case of ‘Pandemonium’), with the audio having been lovingly prepared for vinyl, and CD, by Tim Turan from Turan Audio Ltd., a hugely experienced and respected UK engineer.
Artwork, meanwhile, has been provided by KJ’s regular, longstanding designer, Mike Coles.
• ‘Killing Joke’ – The classic, massively influential debut, featuring such key tracks as ‘Requiem’, ‘Wardance’ & ‘The Wait’ (covered by Metallica in 1987). The gatefold artwork has been lovingly recreated by Mike Coles, the sole addition being a striking silver pantone on the sleeve. ‘Killing Joke’ will be released on Black & Bi-Colour vinyl.
• ‘Pandemonium’ – Originally released in 1994 and partially recorded inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, this is KJ’s most successful album to date. This Double LP version – featuring revised cover artwork from Mike Coles, plus lyrics & new sleeve-notes – stays true to the original track-listing, with both of the celebrated Cybersank Re-mixes for ‘Pandemonium’ & ‘Millennium’ included. ‘Pandemonium’ will be released on Black and Coloured vinyl, with a CD version (complete with slipcase) available in tandem.
• ‘The Singles Collection: 1979 – 2012’ – Featuring 33 tracks, including ‘Wardance’, ‘Eighties’, ‘Love Like Blood’, ‘Millennium’ & ‘Pandemonium’, this chronological collection of the band’s singles has never previously been pressed onto vinyl. This 4 LP version will be available as a deluxe gatefold package, with Black and Coloured vinyl variations available.
• ‘I Am The Virus’ 12” Single – Given the amount of attention recently directed towards this track (from the most recent studio album. ‘Pylon’, 2015), it’s now being made available as a Limited Edition Collector’s Single, complete with artwork from Mike Coles and previously unreleased Dub Remix by Youth – the ‘Apocalyptic Meltdown Dub Remix’.
Now standing in a peerless position when it comes to music, prediction & prophecy, Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth & Big Paul, the original Killing Joke personnel, are currently delivering the best and most relevant material of their career, with no mellowing or softening of the edges getting in the way.
With collective nostrils flared and righteous anger carried torch-high, Killing Joke continue to take their music of resistance to fresh levels.
Music as ritual – raw, uncompromising, precisely-targeted lyrically.
Honour The Fire.