Pandemonium (Killing Joke album)

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Pandemonium
Killing Joke - Pandemonium.jpg
Studio album by Killing Joke
Released 2 August 1994 (1994-08-02)
Genre
Length 60:32
Label Butterfly
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 rock band Killing Joke, released on 2 August 1994 by record label Butterfly. 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 founding member Youth, who replaced Paul Raven on bass.

Content[edit]

Frontman Jaz Coleman considered Pandemonium to be a conceptual album on 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".[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 record label Butterfly.

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

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5[2]
PopMatters 7/10[3]

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".[2] Trouser Press described it as "a significant upgrade from Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions".[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
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. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Pandemonium – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Killing Joke – Where to Start With – Kerrang". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 18 May 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Begrand, Adrien (29 September 2005). "Killing Joke: Pandemonium / Democracy | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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