Pylon (album)

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Killing Joke - Pylon.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 October 2015
RecordedWorcestershire, England; Prague, Czech Republic
GenreIndustrial rock,[1] post-punk
LabelSpinefarm, Universal
ProducerTom Dalgety, Killing Joke
Killing Joke chronology

Pylon is the fifteenth studio album by English rock band Killing Joke, released on 23 October 2015 by record label Spinefarm and distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group. The album was recorded between the UK and the Czech Republic, and co-produced by the band and Tom Dalgety.[2]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Consequence of SoundC[5]
Drowned in Sound8/10[6]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[7]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Record Collector4/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

Pylon has received an approval rating of 77/100 based on eleven reviews on review aggregator website Metacritic.[3]

AllMusic wrote: "Pylon doesn't sound terribly innovative within the band's body of work, but the album's widescreen sound and bone-fracturing impact leave no doubt that Killing Joke are still deeply committed to what they do, and it's genuinely remarkable that they're still sounding this furious and effective 35 years after their debut album."[4]

Pylon ranked at number 10 in Rolling Stone's list of the "20 Best Metal Albums of 2016".[12]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."Autonomous Zone"6:43
2."Dawn of the Hive"6:28
3."New Cold War"6:51
5."New Jerusalem"6:10
6."War on Freedom"4:40
7."Big Buzz"5:02
9."I Am the Virus"5:38
10."Into the Unknown"6:15
Total length:57:03


Killing Joke


  1. ^ "Five things you didn't know about Killing Joke". Time Out.
  2. ^ "Killing Joke - Pylon". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Pylon by Killing Joke – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Pylon – Killing Joke | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ Barry, Sean (26 October 2015). "Pylon | Album Reviews | Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ McDonald, Andy (22 October 2015). "Album Review: Killing Joke – Pylon / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  7. ^ "[Pylon review]". Kerrang!: 54. 31 October 2015.
  8. ^ Olsen, Benjamin Hedge (17 November 2015). "Killing Joke: Pylon | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  9. ^ "[Pylon review]". Q: 113. January 2016.
  10. ^ Buscovic, Alix. "Punches, Not Punchlines". Record Collector. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  11. ^ "[Pylon review]". Uncut: 77. November 2015.
  12. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R.; Shteamer, Hank; Krovatin, Christopher; Grow, Kory; Fury, Jeanne; Weiderhorn, Jon (10 December 2015). "Joke, 'Pylon' | 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015 | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 September 2017.

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