Pandemonium (Killing Joke album)

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Pandemonium
Killing Joke - Pandemonium.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 August 1994 (1994-08-02)
Recorded
Genre
Length62:37
LabelButterfly/Zoo
Producer
Killing Joke chronology
Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
(1990)
Pandemonium
(1994)
Democracy
(1996)
Singles from Pandemonium
  1. "Exorcism"
    Released: March 1994
  2. "Millennium"
    Released: April 1994
  3. "Pandemonium"
    Released: July 1994
  4. "Jana"
    Released: October 1994

Pandemonium is the ninth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, released on 2 August 1994 by Butterfly Records. The album marked Killing Joke's return after a four-year hiatus, the longest the band had taken since it was founded. It also featured the return of founding member Youth, who replaced Paul Raven on bass.

Content[edit]

The vocal tracks for "Pandemonium", "Exorcism" and "Millennium" were recorded in the King's Chamber of The Great Pyramid of Giza. The session was filmed by director Shaun Pettigrew and features in the Killing Joke documentary The Death And Resurrection Show (2013) which also details alleged paranormal experiences during the recording.[1][2]

Frontman Jaz Coleman considered Pandemonium to be a conceptual album on the external influence of Arabic music, which was spread throughout the album. It also incorporated his perspective on life, which is apparent in songs such as "Labyrinth" and "Pleasures of the Flesh".[citation needed]

The title track, as well as "Communion" and "Whiteout", would become live staples of the band.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Pandemonium was released on 2 August 1994 by Youth's record label Butterfly Records.

The singles "Millennium" and "Pandemonium" both reached the UK top 20 and the album is the band's best selling work.[2]

It was reissued in remastered form in 2005, featuring two additional tracks: a remix of "Another Cult Goes Down" and an experimental dub remix of "Pandemonium".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Kerrang!5/5[4]
PopMatters7/10[5]
MusicHound Rock2.5/5 stars[6]

Pandemonium has been generally well received by critics.

Kerrang! magazine wrote, "Gargantuanly heavy, catchy and hilarious at turns, Pandemonium yokes pounding slabs of techno-metal to Coleman's cosmic visions, to exhilarating, trance-inducing effect".[4] Trouser Press described it as "a significant upgrade from Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Youth and Geordie Walker).

No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 16
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.loudersound.com/features/killing-joke-inside-the-great-pyramid-at-giza
  2. ^ a b Coleman, Jaz (2013). Letters from Cythera, p. 378. self-published.
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Pandemonium – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Killing Joke – Where to Start With – Kerrang". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 18 May 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (29 September 2005). "Killing Joke: Pandemonium / Democracy | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ Holtje, Steve (1999). "Killing Joke". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (loan required). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. pp. 629–630. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2 – via the Internet Archive.
  7. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015.

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