Pandemonium (Killing Joke album)

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Pandemonium
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released 2 August 1994 (1994-08-02)
Genre Post-punk, industrial metal
Length 60:32
Label Butterfly Records (UK)
Zoo Entertainment (US)
Producer Youth, Greg Hunter
Killing Joke chronology
Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions
(1990)
Pandemonium
(1994)
Democracy
(1996)
Singles from Pandemonium
  1. "Exorcism"
    Released: March 1994 (1994-03)
  2. "Millennium"
    Released: April 1994 (1994-04)
  3. "Pandemonium"
    Released: July 1994 (1994-07)
  4. "Jana"
    Released: October 1994 (1994-10)

Pandemonium is the tenth studio album by Killing Joke released in June 1994 under the Zoo label.

This album marked Killing Joke's return after a four year long hiatus, the longest the band has taken since it was initially founded. This album also featured the return of a founding member, as Youth replaced Paul Raven on bass.

The screaming descending guitars of the title track, as well as the brooding "Communion" and the hyper-charged "Whiteout," would become live staples. A remastered CD with "Another Cult Goes Down" remix and an experimental dub remix of "Pandemonium" was released in 2005 by Cooking Vinyl.

Frontman Jaz Coleman considered the album a conceptual album considering the external influence of Arabic music that was spread throughout the entire album. It also incorporated his perspective on life, which is apparent in songs such as "Labyrinth" and "Pleasures of the Flesh."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[2]
Metal Storm (8.6/10)[3]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[4]

The album was described in its five-K Kerrang! review as "[G]argantuanly heavy, catchy and hilarious at turns. 'Pandemonium' yokes pounding slabs of techno-metal to Coleman's cosmic visions, to exhilarating, trance-inducing effect."[5] Ned Raggett of Allmusic felt that original drummer Paul Ferguson's "sheer power and inventiveness is missed", but praised the album overall as a "thrilling, fierce listen" and a "varied, often quite surprising experience."[6] Mark Prindle called Pandemonium "a damn fine record", remarking that "its production is smooth and clear, there are lots of full-bodied guitars, and plenty of beautiful yet throaty vocals pit doomsday lyricism against upbeat melodicism."[7] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters felt that "the band do struggle to maintain the momentum during the second half", but added that "the first half of the album is absolutely thunderous" and "the band do redeem themselves on 'Labyrinth', the chaotic 'Whiteout', and the trancelike 'Mathematics of Chaos', as Youth seems to take the helm, showcasing his production wizardry."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Martin "Youth" Glover, and Kevin "Geordie" Walker).

  1. "Pandemonium" – 6:42
  2. "Exorcism" – 7:26
  3. "Millennium" – 5:34
  4. "Communion" – 6:56
  5. "Black Moon" – 5:19
  6. "Labyrinth" – 5:55
  7. "Jana" – 4:06
  8. "Whiteout" – 5:43
  9. "Pleasures of the Flesh" – 5:42
  10. "Mathematics of Chaos" – 7:24
2005 CD reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Pandemonium" (A Thread of Steel in the Suspension Bridge of Time and Space Mix) – 9:18
  2. "Another Cult Goes Down" (Portobello Mix) – 6:19

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Greg Hunter & Youth
  • Engineered By Greg Hunter
  • Assistant Engineers: Sameh Almazny, Natalie Heath, Matt Howe & Sheldon Isaac
  • Mixed By Greg Hunter, Youth & Ron Saint Germain

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[9] 16
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers[10] 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Kerrang! review
  3. ^ Metal Storm review
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ Review Kerrang!
  6. ^ Review Ned Raggett, Allmusic
  7. ^ Review Mark Prindle, MarkPrindle.com
  8. ^ Review Adrien Begrand, PopMatters
  9. ^ Chart Stats - Killing Joke. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-05
  10. ^ Billboard Albums. Allmusic. Chart information courtesy of Billboard.com © 2006 VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Retrieved on 2010-07-05.