Revelations (Killing Joke album)

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Killing Joke - Revelations-cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1982
StudioConny's Studio, Wolperath, Cologne, Germany
LabelE.G., Polydor
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. via Polydor Records. It was recorded in Cologne, Germany[citation needed] and produced by Conny Plank, making it their first album not to be self-produced. This is their last album to featured the original line-up, until their 2010's album Absolute Dissent.


Revelations was released in July 1982 by E.G. Records. It reached number 12 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] Youth was disappointed the way the album turned out contributing to him leaving the band saying "It came out a bit dirgy".[3]

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 was released in 2005, including an alternate recording of "We Have Joy".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Austin Chronicle[5]
Drowned in Sound5/5[6]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[7]
MusicHound Rock[8]

Revelations has generally received mixed-to-favourable reception by critics. 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."[6] Christopher Gray of Austin Chronicle called it "faster" and "sleeker" than previous albums.[5] Fact put the album at no. 11 on their list titled "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made".[1] In negative retrospective reviews, AllMusic believed the album had a "lack of cohesion and direction",[4] while Trouser Press wrote that it "suffers from an uninvolving lethargy".[9]

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
2005 CD reissue bonus track
11."We Have Joy" (Alternate Mix)4:21


Killing Joke


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Albums Chart 12[2]
New Zealand 33[10]


  1. ^ a b Sande, Kiran. "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made". Fact. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Killing Joke -UK Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ Hämäläinen, Jyrki "Spider" (2020). Killing Joke: Are You Receiving?, p. 70. Milton Keynes: New Haven Publishing. ISBN 978-1912587407.
  4. ^ a b Ogg, Alex. "Revelations review". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b Lancaster, Nick (11 July 2005). "Album Review: Killing Joke – Reissues / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. " :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  10. ^ Revelations "Discographie Killing Joke". Retrieved on 5 July 2010.

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