Revelations (Killing Joke album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1982
RecordedCologne, West Germany
ProducerConny Plank
Killing Joke chronology
What's THIS For...!
Fire Dances
Singles from Revelations
  1. "Empire Song"
    Released: April 1982
  2. "Chop-Chop"
    Released: June 1982

Revelations is the third studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, released in July 1982 by E.G. Records.


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 E.G. Records. It reached number 12 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

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
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Austin Chronicle3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound5/5[5]
MusicHound Rock3/5 stars[6]

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".[3] Trouser Press wrote that the album "suffers from an uninvolving lethargy".[7] 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."[5] Christopher Gray of Austin Chronicle called it "faster" and "sleeker" than previous albums.[4] Fact put the album at no. 11 on their list titled "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made".[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
1."The Hum"4:58
2."Empire Song"3:19
3."We Have Joy"2:56
5."The Pandys Are Coming"4:27
Side B
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


Killing Joke


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Albums Chart 12[2]
France 33[8]


  1. ^ a b Sande, Kiran. "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made". Fact. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Killing Joke -UK Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Ogg, Alex. "Revelations review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (16 December 2005). "Review: Killing Joke, What's THIS For ...?, Revelations, Ha! – Music – The Austin Chronicle". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Lancaster, Nick (11 July 2005). "Album Review: Killing Joke – Reissues / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved February 1, 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. " :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Discographie Killing Joke". Retrieved on 2010-07-05.

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