Revelations (Killing Joke album)

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Studio album by Killing Joke
Released July 1982 (1982-07)
Recorded Cologne, Germany
Genre Post-punk
Length 37:24
Label E.G.
Producer Conny Plank
Killing Joke chronology
What's THIS For...!
Birds of a Feather
Singles from Revelations
  1. "Empire Song"
    Released: April 1982 (1982-04)
  2. "Chop-Chop"
    Released: June 1982 (1982-06)

Revelations is the third studio album by English rock band Killing Joke, released in July 1982 by record label E.G.


Revelations was recorded in Cologne, Germany.[citation needed] It is the first Killing Joke album not to be produced by the band themselves; Conny Plank took over production duties.


Revelations was released in July 1982 by record label E.G.. It reached number 12 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

Two singles were released from the album: "Empire Song" and "Chop-Chop". "Empire Song" was performed on Top of the Pops, but without singer Jaz Coleman, who had recent departed for Iceland fearing nuclear holocaust.[citation needed]

A remastered version with one bonus track was released in 2005.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 5/5[4]

Revelations has received a mixed-to-favourable reception by critics.

In his retrospective review, Alex Ogg of AllMusic cited the album as "the epitome of the 'difficult third album syndrome'" which "manifests itself in [a] lack of cohesion and direction".[2] Trouser Press wrote that the album "suffers from an uninvolving lethargy".[5] Nick Lancaster of Drowned in Sound praised the album, calling it "a less individual work – record company pressures and an outside producer necessarily toning down the band's nihilistic excesses – but it's all the better for it."[4] Christopher Gray of Austin Chronicle called it "faster" and "sleeker" than previous albums.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Alex Ferguson, Martin "Youth" Glover and Kevin "Geordie" Walker

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Hum"   4:58
2. "Empire Song"   3:19
3. "We Have Joy"   2:56
4. "Chop-Chop"   4:19
5. "The Pandys Are Coming"   4:27
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Chapter III"   3:13
2. "Have a Nice Day"   3:13
3. "Land of Milk and Honey"   2:38
4. "Good Samaritan"   3:28
5. "Dregs"   4:57


Killing Joke


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Albums Chart 12[1]
France 33[6]


  1. ^ a b "Killing Joke | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ogg, Alex. "Revelations – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (16 December 2005). "Review: Killing Joke, What's THIS For ...?, Revelations, Ha! – Music – The Austin Chronicle". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Lancaster, Nick (11 July 2005). "Album Review: Killing Joke – Reissues / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. " :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Discographie Killing Joke". Retrieved on 2010-07-05.

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