Hosannas from the Basements of Hell

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Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released April 3, 2006 (2006-04-03)
Recorded Faust Studio, Prague, Czech Republic
Genre Post-punk, industrial metal, gothic rock
Length 62:23
Label Cooking Vinyl
Producer Killing Joke
Killing Joke chronology
Killing Joke
Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Absolute Dissent
Singles from Hossanas from the Basements of Hell
  1. "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell"
    Released: 2006 (2006)
  2. "Invocation/Implosion"
    Released: 2006 (2006)

Hosannas from the Basements of Hell is the thirteenth studio album by Killing Joke released on April 3, 2006 under Cooking Vinyl Records. The track "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell" was released as a single, and made it to #72 in the UK. Tracks "Invocation" and "Implosion" were also released as singles, both receiving radio-air time, and were released on a promo single CDr. Along with "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell", the single was labeled by Cooking Vinyl.[1]

The cover artwork is taken from a painting by Russian artist Victor Safonkin entitled "Inhuman rearing". The artwork featured in the inside booklet is taken from "Society of Good Inventions and Hidden Aims", by the same painter.

The album title refers to the location of the album recording. The band recorded the album in "Hell", the darkest basement studio at Studio Faust Records run by Richard "Faust" Mader in Prague, Czech Republic. They made extensive of Faust's vintage recording equipment from the late 1970s to achieve the dark, brooding atmosphere of the album.

This was Killing Joke's last studio album to feature bassist Paul Raven, who died in October 2007.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth 9.5/10 stars[3]
Metal Storm (8.9/10)[4]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]

Hosannas from the Basements of Hell received near universal acclaim upon release. David Jeffries of Allmusic said "the Joke sound absolutely free and grand here, allowing songs to stretch well past the five-minute mark and just begging the detractors to have at it by sitting firm on their classic delivery", adding that "newcomers may find this all too much to take in, while old fans can cherish the band's most personal album as another victory."[7] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters called the album "everything we’d ever want from a Killing Joke record" and "their finest album in well over a decade."[8]

Keith Bergman, writer for Blabbermouth, described the album as "...perfect post-millennial music, the sound of a world merrily driving itself off the deep end. KILLING JOKE are a primal scream of humanity drowning in a tsunami of man-made disorder, headed straight to hell and laughing the whole way down, like Slim Pickens riding the A-bomb at the end of "Dr. Strangelove". You won't find a more blown-out, wild-eyed freakout on the record store shelves any time soon."[9]

Paul Brannigan, editor for Kerrang! magazine, argued "Out of step with the world they might well be, but Killing Joke's righteous frenzy still feels horribly necessary."[10]

Alec A. Head of Satan Stole My Teddybear said that "while they still are content with beating the living shit out of you with simplistically brutal but appropriately dense music, they still have a few new tricks up their collective sleeve, even if the album itself does not necessarily surpass its predecessor", adding that "the title track, 'Invocation', and 'Implosion' are simply among the best songs the Joke has ever put to tape."[11] The BNR Metal Pages listed the album at #1 on its 2006 Top Ten List.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Coleman/Walker/Raven

  1. "This Tribal Antidote" – 4:15
  2. "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell" – 5:52
  3. "Invocation" – 7:54
  4. "Implosion" – 6:41
  5. "Majestic" – 5:40
  6. "Walking with Gods" – 8:36
  7. "The Lightbringer" – 9:38
  8. "Judas Goat" – 6:21
  9. "Gratitude" – 7:04
Japan CD bonus track
  1. "Universe B" - 6:13



Chart (2006) Peak
UK Albums Chart 72
France[13] 173


  1. ^ "Killing Joke - Invocation/Implosion (CDr, Single, Promo) at Discogs".  Discogs. Accessed November 23, 2008
  2. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  3. ^ "Blabbermouth review". 
  4. ^ "Metal Storm review". 
  5. ^ "PopMatters review". 
  6. ^ "Sputnikmusic review". 
  7. ^ Review David Jeffries, Allmusic, 2006
  8. ^ Review Adrien Begrand, PopMatters, 2006
  9. ^ [1] Keith Bergman, Blabbermouth, 2006
  10. ^ [2] Paul Brannigan, Kerrang! magazine, 2006
  11. ^ Review Alec A. Head, Satan Stole My Teddybear, 01/2008
  12. ^ 2006 Top Ten List The BNR Metal Pages, Date
  13. ^ "Discographie Killing Joke". lescharts.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-05.

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