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In 2014, Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman released a self-published book titled Letters from Cythera, as well as an accompanying CD, The Island, which is an orchestral score he composed, performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. (Stream The Island below.) Cythera, by the way, is what Coleman calls New Zealand. Here's the description of the book:
Letters From Cythera was written between years 2007 - 2008 in the South Pacific and outlines how the occult sciences have shaped JAZ COLEMAN's philosophical outlook expounding on his preferred system for a personalized renaissance (the supersynthesis), which consists of completing 13 separate projects or masterpieces over a five to six year period. In the following book, JAZ documents his endeavors in tackling this epic undertaking. In short, it is the antithesis of a conventional rock biography.Jaz is mounting on a spoken word tour in support which hits NYC on July 21 at Saint Vitus where he'll be "discussing his personal memoirs through KILLING JOKE, mysticism, and the occult sciences." There will also be an audience Q&A, and tickets are on sale now.
Thus Letters from Cythera is the first of two books giving a detailed account of his hidden history and involvement with Hermetics, Earth Sciences and the Rosicrucian tradition noting the various Kabalistic innovations that have evolved over the last 33 years (and perhaps more significantly how they have influenced his work with both Killing Joke and Orchestra). Letters from Cythera also covers the principles of self-education, symbolism, quantum mechanics, numerology and of course his ongoing obsession with the image of a hidden island at the ends of the earth.
One of Jaz's other continuing projects is his Orchestrated series where he takes the songs of a popular rock band and adapts them into classical arrangements. The series, which includes The Doors, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, will soon include a fourth, dedicated to a band that he's had an interesting relationship with: Nirvana. The grunge icons and Killing Joke had legal wrangles over "Come as You Are"'s resemblance to KJ's song "80s." Then Dave Grohl ended up playing drums with Killing Joke on their 2003 self-tiled album. The record is to be titled Orchestrated Nirvana: A Requiem to Kurt Cobain.. It was announced a year ago and no release date has been set, but you can follow the project's Facebook for updates.
Jaz Coleman tour dates are listed, with The Island stream and a video about Letters From Cythera, below..
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza last month (more by Fred Pessaro)
Killing Joke, who recently completed a set of US dates that included a stop at Irving Plaza in April, have released a new video for "Corporate Elect," the latest from the band's most recent LP MMXII and new compilation The Singles Collection 1979-2012. The clip features puppets, paranoia and the intense gaze of Jaz Coleman. Check out the video below.
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza last week (more by Fred Pessaro)
The legendary Killing Joke is, like many of the great bands of our time, unique and generally unclassifiable. Punk in both ethos and origin, the UK band has dippied its toe in industrial, metal, funk and dance music in their close-to-35-year career, carving out their own niche and more importantly their own sound. Jaz Coleman and co are currently touring the US, and played Irving Plaza last week.
On May 14, Killing Joke will survey the damage caused with the new double-disc, The Singles Collection 1979 - 2012, due on Spinefarm. The two-disc set will come with a third for a limited time, with that disc adding rarites and more unreleased studio tracks including "Four Stations Of The Sun." Check out the studio version of that track, a remix of which appeared on the 1998 LP Wardance - The Remixes, for the first time, next to the "Timewave" demo, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
UK post-punk gods Killing Joke played their first of a set of North American dates at Irving Plaza on Friday (4/19), part of a short two-week tour. The band's set was focused on their recently released singles retrospective, which gathers highlights of the band's 30-year output into a double disc. As to be expected, the band's live show is was tight, agressive and danceable, anchored by endless showmanship of wide-eyed maniac Jaz Coleman.
Middling Chicago band Czar opened the evening with a not so-becoming mix of Isis-style space-y post-metal, interrupted by open-string-chugga breakdowns that would sound at home on a Slipknot record. Not a fan.
Check out more pictures of the great showman Jaz Coleman and Killing Joke, the setlist and more over at InvisibleOranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, December 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
"Considering it's supposed to be the end of the world in a short time, it gives me great pleasure to announce a new singles album with some real rarities on it, shortly followed by a new studio recording. The book 'Letters From Cythera' is coming out, and yes, gigs are starting in March. Have a great 2012 and fuck the Mayans! After all, their calendar didn't predict their own demise..." - Jaz ColemanExciting news to hear that Killing Joke will not only welcome a new album (late 2013), but that the legendary band will celebrate 35 years with THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012 on April 15, 2013!
And the hits keep on coming! Killing Joke have announced a new set of dates as well that include a stop at Irving Plaza on April 19. Ticketing information is on the way. All dates are listed below.
In other news, the previously discussed Killing Joke documentary scheduled for 2012 has been pushed to 2013.
Killing Joke released MMXII this year, surely one of my favorites of 2012. Stream it below alongside the list of all tour dates.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, December 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Death and Resurrection Show is a feature length music documentary charting the turbulent, dramatic and often unbelievable journey of the British post-punk industrial legends Killing Joke. The film brings together three decades of archive footage with two decades of never before seen new documentary footage and unprecedented access to the members of Killing Joke, their management, music producers, industry figures and associates.So far no release date for the doc that explores the world of these post-punk legends, though the filmmakers are still "aiming for" a 2012 release. Check out the trailer and a clip below.
The film explores the progression of the band and their music; the in-fights, splits, reformations, legal tussles and side projects into classical and trance music, but it also delves deep into the other side of Killing Joke and it's core members. Brought together by a ritual ceremony performed in London, the 30 year experience that followed saw them constantly experimenting with the ritual, esoteric and mystical in their lives and their music.
Killing Joke does, however, have a U.S. release date for MMXII, the band's new LP which hits shelves on Tuesday (10/30) via Spinefarm. You can stream "In Cythera" below.
So far no gigs are set for KJ, but word is that the band may hit US shores in 2013. Until then, stream the new track and check out videos from the upcoming documentary below.
Jaz Coleman @ Irving Plaza 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, December 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
It's been a beyond bizarre few days for Killing Joke. The UK band, scheduled to make appearances with The Cult and The Mission in September, recently removed the following Facebook post that reportedly was posted by frontman Jaz Coleman:
Dear Gatherers,None of the above was discussed with the other members of Killing Joke, and the statement's alleged creator has since gone missing. KJ offered the following statement in follow-up Facebook post:
It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission.
Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and to steal their respective audiences.
As the concert has been downgraded to a venue that we have recently headlined (and sold out) it doesn't make sense. In addition to this Gatherers would only get to listen to a one hour set.
Then there would be a problem with the dressing room and witnessing The Cult charge the fans $200 per head for a Meet & Greet.
Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.)...
On a more positive note KJ will be recording in Argentina just after Christmas and Brixton Academy is booked for Spring.
I do believe the band will play a private gig at Metropolis Studios (London) which is of course open to all Gatherers (you are the first to know!).
I hope you are all as relieved as I am!
PS I don't want your money
PPS Life without KJ is unthinkable!"
A statement was posted on Facebook, reputedly by our singer, maligning both The Cult and The Mission and pulling us out of the shows.Best wishes to Killing Joke and the safe return of frontman Jaz Coleman.
He is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his band mates.
We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved.
We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare.
Killing Joke made a collective decision to play with The Cult and The Mission in September.
It was agreed by all of the band that we would do these shows. Indeed, we thought that they were something to look forward to, even though they were downsized.
We would still like to honour our commitment to this tour, the other bands, and all the Gatherers and people who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements.
If this proves not possible, Killing Joke will make alternative arrangements to compensate for the trouble caused.
Meanwhile we are doing everything we can to make this tour happen and locate our missing singer.
Tragedy fan at Europa (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
No rest for the wicked. After a grueling weekend of heavy music at Maryland Deathfest (pictures of day 1 HERE, day two HERE, day three HERE, and day four HERE), I am looking forward to a mix of punk, hardcore, metal, crust, d-beat, and indie at Chaos in Tejas in Austin this week! Kicking off on Thursday (June 2nd) the four day festival features appearances from tons notables, day shows, after parties, and in-stores, some for free. Swing down for a blow by blow breakdown of what you should look for every day at the multi-venue music fest.
Thursday, June 2
Ah the start of the festival.... fresh legs and feet, and a hunger for tons of good bands. Thursday will sate your hunger too, as there are tons of great hardcore/metal shows to choose from. Shows tonight happen on both stages at Emo's, both stages at Red 7, at the Mohawk, Beauty Bar, Beerland and the Broken Neck.
Despite the high profile cancellation of Killing Joke at Emo's outdoor, CIT bounced back and added Cro-Mags to an already awesome lineup of rare appearances from strong>Asta Kask (Swedish d-beat), D-Clone (a rare show from these Japanese hardcore monsters), Veins (featuring Mark McCoy from Charles Bronson/Das Oath as well as Ian from Copremesis/Castevet), Double Negative (North Carolinian hardcore greats who released the awesome Daydreamnation last year), Vile Gash (brutal hardcore on Youth Attack), Japan'sThe Slowmotions, and NYC's Cult of Youth (dark folk with a great new LP on Sacred Bones) and Crazy Spirit (excellent hardcore with members of Perdition).
Thankfully, I can use my wristband from Emo's to hit up Red 7, right around the corner, where an awesome metal show will clash with an awesome garage show on the two stages. Finnish doomers Hooded Menace will headline on stage with Denmark's Undergang, crusty death metallers Acephalix (mems of the amazing Vastum), more death metal from Bone Sickness, and local death and rollers Mammoth Grinder. Meanwhile, the second stage will feature The Spits, the Arrivals, Shellshag, TV Ghost, and others. All of this means that I'll probably miss Converge/Title Fight/Touche Amore/Trap Them/Burning Love/the Menzingers at Mohawk and How I Quit Crack/The Indicator Dogs at Beauty Bar. At least I can end the night right with Tragedy and Origin of M at Broken Neck as part of an after-party. Yikes!
the rest of Thursday's schedule and what to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, below...
Killing Joke at Irving Plaza (more by Greg Cristman)
Chaos in Tejas 2011 (June 2-5) has expanded its lineup yet again, adding Killing Joke (their first show in Austin in close to 15 years), Off With Their Heads, Mammoth Grinder, Career Suicide, Chinese Telephones, Title Fight, The Mind Spiders, and Underground Railroad to Candyland to its already stellar lineup that includes names like Youth of Today, Converge, Autopsy, and so many more. Full revised lineup is below.
Chaos in Tejas 2011 will also feature a set by Reigning Sound who will play The Bell House SATURDAY (2/18) and Maxwell's during the day TOMORROW (as part of a WFMU benefit - pledge here if you're not going).
Tickets are still available for The Bell House show - though reportedly not many. You can also try your hand at winning a pair! Contest details are below.
Full Chaos in Tejas lineup and some video is below too...
photos by Greg Cristman
"still pumped from seeing KILLING JOKE at Irving Plaza last night. They played a ton of old stuff, and the new jams were just as good!" - John
"Killing Joke @ Irving Plaza. They have lost nothing over time" - Ann Wagner Hall
Invisible Oranges: The new album is called Absolute Dissent. In a world where about two percent of the population controls half of the wealth and thus the power associated with it, is real dissent even possible?Killing Joke was supposed to kick off their US tour on 12/2 at The Black Cat in DC, but due to visa issues, ended up playing their first show in NYC at Irving Plaza the next night (Friday, 12/3). The now-twelve date jaunt (was thirteen) is to show off their colossal new and reccommended LP Absolute Dissent (discussed above).
Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke: I think so, and I think it comes down to education in the end. We invariably create elites when only about one percent of the population understands the complex issues of the day. Look at the American electorate with the tea baggers and [Sarah] Palin. When it comes to foreign policy, many of these people aren't very informed. I believe in personal politics. I don't really participate in actual politics. Civil liberties are very dear to me, something we must not relinquish. That's the responsibility of every citizen, to ensure that civil liberties are maintained in a free and democratic system. Basically, what I'm trying to say is we are shaping the future. We all have to participate in finding solutions.
Greg Cristman, who goes to a lot of shows, described this one as one of the best twenty-five he's ever seen, and definitely the best of 2010. It was insanely loud but sounded great. "Jaz went off on this rant about the condition of the world and the rip offs and pollution and shit chemical companies with his magnificently scorched vocals. It was a truly an epic moment- fucking Godhead! Coleman was in full makeup and looked insane. Like Al Pacino in Scarface possessed by vampires. The crowd was really into and most everyone was dancing wildly. The set was about an hour and a half."
The full Killing Joke setlist with more pictures from the show (Android Lust opened), below...
"Word is out that your local indie record store may just be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday. And that's because indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday.Two of the special Black Friday releases are pictured above - one is a Roky Erickson/Black Angels LP & DVD, and the other is the deluxe edition of the new Killing Joke album Absolute Dissent (out now!), that "includes extra disc with bands like Metallica, Helmet, Foo Fighters and Fear Factory covering Killing Joke songs."
Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr. or RSD 11 or Son of the Return of Record Store Day. This is just a group of special releases that you can only find at record stores. Some of them are uber-limited, some of them are available at record stores before they're available anywhere else. But they're all special, and they kind of fly in the face of what Black Friday has become, which is "I have to shop, let's see how fast and cheap I can get it over with". The magic of these pieces is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you'll have the extra nice feeling of supporting a local independently owned business during the holidays. So check out the list of titles, and keep in mind that not all stores on this page will carry everything, so start a conversation with your local store. Or print this out as a Wish List and hide it where your gift-giving loved ones are sure to find it. [Record Store Day]
As previously mentioned, Killing Joke are playing Irving Plaza on December 3rd. Updated tour dates and a video of a dude showing off some of the records you can get Friday, below...
Killing Joke @ Irving Plaza in '08 (more by Tim Griffin)
Though tickets for some dates are still on sale, reunited UK post-punk band Killing Joke have pushed back their upcoming album and tour dates, both of which were due this spring, to the fall and beyond because of "unforeseen circumstances." They were scheduled to play a May 21st show at Irving Plaza. Instead they'll play the venue on December 3rd. Tickets are on sale for that new date, and old ones will be honored too.
Except for a couple of UK shows in October, most of the rescheduled dates are still TBA. . Their new album has been moved to September. More info, the confirmed dates and a note from the band about the cancellations, below...
Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman) at Irving (more by Tim Griffin)
With a reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock's most iconic & influential outfits.Recent video confirms the new album is on the way. So far future Killing Joke live dates are mostly limited to the EU, but they do have a lonely pair of US dates laid out for the late spring: June 5th in LA at The Wiltern and May 21st at Irving Plaza in NYC. Tickets are on sale for the Irving date.
Now, 30 years since first bonding in blood, the original line-up of Jaz Coleman (vocals), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson(drums) are set to start work on their 13th studio album - the first fruits of a new worldwide deal with the Spinefarm Records label.
Set for release in April 2010, this latest set of recordings (title to be confirmed) will see the aforementioned musicians sharing studio space for the first time in 27 years, having already road-tested their relationship with sold-out shows around the world, kicking off in Tokyo last Autumn.
All tour dates and tons of videos (including a bunch from one of their last Irving Plaza shows) are below...
Black Lips @ The Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Deborah Kee Higgins (ATP organizer) to the Village Voice: We have a "No Assholes" policy. You can play once because we don't know you're an asshole, but you can't play twice.ATP NY runs Sept 10-13 in Monticello, NY. Killing Joke are the subject of a new documentary. Butthole Surfers, who are going on tour soon, will probably never play a Bowery Presents venue ever again either. Then again, the first time I ever saw the Black Lips, they peed on the Mercury Lounge stage, and they've definitely returned to Bowery venues more than a few times (though their next NYC show happens to be for Live Nation).
Barry Hogan (ATP organizer): Killing Joke and the Butthole Surfers will never play ATP again, and they can both suck my balls. And you can put that in print. The Black Lips will never play again--they're assholes. They broke into a chalet and started stealing stuff.
This Saturday, the Black Lips play the FYF Fest in LA. At this summer's Leeds Festival they incited a stage invasion. Video below...
Kevin with 7 Seconds @ Webtster Hall in August (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Warp20 Films @ New Museum
* Counting Crows @ Central Park
* Black Anvil & guest @ Fontana's
* Darlings, The Whims, Rifle Recoil @ Cake Shop
* Liturgy, Zs, Extra Life, Larkin Grimm @ Glasslands
* Wolfmother, The Depreciation Guild @ The Bowery Electric
* The Octagon, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Au Large @ Bruar Falls
* Woman, K-Holes, Pop. 1280, Kid Congo Powers (DJ) @ Union Pool
* Kevin Seconds, Don Chambers & Goat, Ocha La Rocha @ Union Hall
* Petty Fest 2009 w/ Hymns, Little Joy, The Pierces, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, more @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phil & The Osophers, Sleepies, Sally Head, Poingly, Prince & Pearl, Inoculist, Bellhammers @ Coco 66
Liturgy, whose new CD, Renihilation, just came out, play Glasslands tonight with Zs and Extra Life and folk singer Larkin Grimm (who's on the bill of the Musicka Mystica Maxima Fest at Santos later this month).
Kevin Seconds, who played with Joe Jack Talcum in Jersey last night, performs at Union Hall with Don Chambers & Goat and Ocha La Rocha.
Joe Jack Talcum plays Cake Shop tomorrow.
Wolfmother play a secret show between bigger gigs at the Bowery Electric tonight. The Depreciation Guild opens.
Petty Fest 2009 takes over Bowery Ballroom with a cast that includes "Hymns, The Pierces, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne, Nicole Atkins, Morning Pages, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr of The Mooney Suzuki, Adam Green, Love As Laughter, Matt Romano & Rodrigo Amarante of Little Joy, Steve Schiltz of Longwave, Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Mikki James of Burke, Teenage Prayers and Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes". The London Souls open.
The new Wild Beasts video for "All the Kings Men" is below...
The teaser trailer for a documentary on UK's Killing Joke is posted below.
Czech journalist Jana Trzilova follows the trail of Killing Joke and charismatic frontman Jaz Coleman from Czechoslavakia to Iona and on to Glastonbury Tor, Egypt, Iceland, the Nazca Lines in Peru and New Zealand. Discovering a web of mysticism, numerology, white heat experiments, a recording session in the heart of the Great Pyramid, occult rituals and prophecy she discovers more than she ever imagined; coming soon.Wildbirds & Peacedrums' new video for "My Heart" is posted below too....
Photos by Tim Griffin
Finally, after numerous line-up changes through the years, all original Killing Joke members reunited for a new album and world tour.Does anyone have the complete selist for each show? More pictures from night one (Saturday, October 11th) below...
Drummer, Paul Ferguson, rejoined the line up for the first time since 1987 enabling a whole new generation of fans to see Killing Joke's legendary original formation. Diehard fans have been waiting for this moment for two decades!
Bassist, Martin 'Youth' Glover also steps back into the live arena after a near 15 hiatus, having not played live with Killing Joke since 1994's Pandemonium tour.
The tour SAW Killing Joke take up a two night residency [at Irving Plaza in NYC] offering a different set on each evening. On the first night, they played their first two albums in their entirety, 1980's self-titled album followed by the album 'What's This...For!'. Their
second performance [Sunday, October 12th in NYC] in each city [treated] fans to 1994's Pandemonium and the Island Records singles of'79 to '80.
by Black Bubblegum
The godfathers of Crust punk, Amebix, have announced their reformation. Sprouting from a retrospective DVD in the works for Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles, Rob "The Baron" Miller entered the following myspace blog entry entitled "Oh Dear....eating my words"
"...got the idea to contact Stig about maybe jamming a couple of songs to see how it felt. I also had made contact with Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Sepultura, etc... (Spider has tinitus and is no longer able to play)..... It was absolutely fucking MAD! (The songs sounded) ten times better than the original versions, tighter, heavier, stronger."From the world's most accurate online encyclopedia, a little history:
Amebix, formed in England in 1978 as "The Band with No Name", were a band that many consider to have started the sub genre crust punk. Their music, heavily influenced by Motörhead (and to a lesser extent Lemmy-era Hawkwind), Black Sabbath, Venom, and early Killing Joke, combined with an ethos and worldview akin to Crass, represented their non-traditional lifestyles.Amebix have also announced that their 1987 album "Monolith" will be made available via "Sliding Scale Download" (read: In Rainbows/Niggy Tardust style) via Moshpit Tragedy.
Their music blended hardcore punk and heavy metal into a form of early thrash metal. They were the forerunners of crust punk and a thrash metal pioneer. Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis, Napalm Death, and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to the band.
didn't mean to sleep on reporting this, sorry....
Paul Raven (CRED)
Paul Vincent Raven (January 16, 1961 – October 20, 2007) was a rock bassist best known for his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke. He later played in alternative rock/industrial rock band Prong.......Raven also participated in Pigface........Raven worked as bassist in Godflesh......Raven began working with Al Jourgensen of Ministry for their latest album, Rio Grande Blood. In 2006, Raven completed a European and American tour with Ministry. Raven died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep on October 20, 2007 [Wikipedia]