Revelations (Killing Joke album)

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Studio album by Killing Joke
Released July 1982
Recorded Cologne, Germany
Length 37:24
Label E.G.
Producer Conny Plank
Killing Joke chronology
What's THIS For...!
(1981)What's THIS For...!1981
Fire Dances
(1983)Fire Dances1983
Singles from Revelations
  1. "Empire Song"
    Released: April 1982
  2. "Chop-Chop"
    Released: June 1982

Revelations is the third studio album by English rock band Killing Joke, released in July 1982 by record label E.G.


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 record label E.G.. 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 5/5[5]

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".[6] 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 written by Killing Joke (Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Youth and Geordie Walker).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Hum" 4:58
2. "Empire Song" 3:19
3. "We Have Joy" 2:56
4. "Chop-Chop" 4:19
5. "The Pandys Are Coming" 4:27
Side B
No. Title Length
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
5. "Dregs" 4:57


Killing Joke


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Albums Chart 12[2]
France 33[7]


  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. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. " :: Killing Joke". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Discographie Killing Joke". Retrieved on 2010-07-05.

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