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18 November, 2010

Killing Joke: Acrid Truths for a Resilient Humanity

Greetings to all, for my first post I thought I'd make it a positive one and run up a profile of a favourite band of mine, Killing Joke. For those who know of them, their legacy and impact goes unsaid, however if you have not experienced their sound and fury, you have been truly missing out. They are amongst the very few musical artists who have remained absolutely true to mission after many years. Through their 31 year history and diverse musical changes, they have endured and reflected contemporary, apocalyptic life. Their goal has always been to deliver the message first, and it is that level of integrity that exudes from the music and sets them well apart from the rest. Killing Joke, has a powerfully original, distinct sound and presence. Their music charged with a decidedly essential, progressive English character and comradeship, yet universal in scope and range.

They first began as a punk band, then moved quickly in to a diverse, tribal rhythm that goes from definitively heavy and primal, to insightful and profound. Their sound is driven, with lyrics infused with wit, insight and incisive social commentary. Their guitarist Kevin 'Geordie' Walker is phenomenal, and the dynamo of the ensemble, producing a scintillatingly electric signature sound large as life. Then you have the driving, thunderous intensity of Martin 'Youth' Glover whose cunning bass lines stoke the fire of the ensemble. 'Big Paul' Ferguson unleashes fiercely heavy, reverberative percussions. As for Killing Joke's heart? There can be none other except the brilliant frontman Jeremy 'Jaz' Coleman. Of whom there is neither equal nor comparison, in terms of lyrical sincerity, theatrical deliverance and acuity of vision. His proficient vocal stylings run the gamut from emotive poignancy, to utter feral ferocity, with spot on characterisations that manifest their songs to life. In totality, Killing Joke is an organic force, who use their music as an inspirational weapon, a fierce war-cry and clarion call to all who heed. 

So what's their view on current state of the world? From an 2003 interview featured in Blistering magazine, Jaz stated: "We should be free to do what we the hell we want to do. I don’t like this corporate world we live in. We’re out of line with it in Killing Joke. We are really out of line with this. I don’t like the fact that corporate giants such as Lockheed-Martin and Boeing are determining American farm policies. The corporate world is mentioned in one of the lines on the new album; ‘Five corporations earn more than forty-six nations’ (From ‘Blood On Your Hands’). I find it offensive. I’m very curious to see what will happen in the world now. Will we continually be giving the public servants and the greedy people the Vaseline and allow them to ream us up the ass? Are we just going to accept it? I don’t know. It’s a really depressing state of affairs. I feel angry about the situation. I think politically in the world, we’ve been had. I think we’ve been turned into economic slaves.

If any band were to be known as one who unflinchingly reveals harsh realities, in the tradition of the Truth movement, it is them. In their latest CD endeavour entitled Absolute Dissent, the epic title track shouts out sheer defiance to the fascist encroachment:

Absolute Dissent
Absolute Dissent
I won't relent
I oppose poison water
I reject poison air
I expose poison bodies
I refuse complicity
I reject this prison planet
I reject and resent
Absolute Dissent
I won't relent
I abhor space weaponisation - Genocidal plans
From Jekyll Island to Chemtrails
Unelected control
I reject this poison planet
I reject and resent
Absolute Dissent
I won't relent
Brainwashed masses fit for fodder
Useless eaters - Condemn
Eradicate the worthless breeders
I oppose, resist, foment
I reject this poison planet
I reject and resent
Absolute Dissent
I won't relent

Their following song 'The Great Cull' exposes Eugenic depopulation and a world engineered into hellish Malthusian conditions by the likes of Monsanto (Monsanto feed, Monsanto seed… All the bees are dying). Check it below:

The Great Cull
Thomas Malthus, Eugenics
Are alive and kicking
Nutrients and vitamins
Extract from edible goods
Legislate, sick populations 
A higher rate of mortality
Food code (as it's known) 
Codex Alimentarius
Thin the herd, thin the herd, 
The great cull is coming down...
Develop virus market cure 
Exploit the panic
Contaminate by guile and stealth 
A quick strum of the harp
Depopulate initiate 
Pharmaceutical companies
All fall down, all fall down
Codex Alimentarius
Thin the herd, thin the herd
The great cull is coming down...
Most of us must die...
Instigate wars in population density centres
Maintain population below 500 million
Immunise, irradiate
Deregulate all toxins
Monsanto feed, Monsanto seed 
All the bees are dying
Depopulation in every nation
Follow the food code
All fall down, all fall down
Codex Alimentarius
Thin the herd, thin the herd
The great cull is coming down...

During their live performances Jaz has spoken out passionately on the murders of David Kelly and Princess Diana, Israel's war criminality and the criminal conspiracy of international bankers. In the song 'Dark Forces' from their self-titled 'Killing Joke' (2003), Jaz hisses the demonaic personage of an "elite" sociopath with:

Dark Forces
You'll need a bit of holy water
and a little bit of knowledge
to your Holy Guardian Angel
the Great Evil Around
God gave man dominion
over fowls of the air
and the fish of the sea
of desecration
Who wrote this MADNESS?
Get up! Wake up!
Some-one´s taking you for a ride!
Get up! Wake up!
Dark Forces!
They're printing up money
that doesn't exist
Then watch the wealthy
as they cash their chips
Economy's failed
start a war machine
devoid of moral cause
as we witness the end
of international laws
Get up! Wake up!
Some-one´s taking you for a ride!
Get up! Wake up!
Dark Forces!
I'm an inside man
of the serpent clan
33 degrees
I'll do as I please
power for powers sake
a personal treasure trove
and 2 weeks off
in bohemian grove...
You wanna come?
All the banking houses
that buy and sell
they'd sell their own mother
just eat shit die
like everyone else
Get up! Wake up!
Some-one´s taking you for a ride!
Get up! Wake up!
Dark Forces!
Get up! Wake up!
Some-one´s taking you for a ride!
Get up! Wake up!
Dark Forces!

Killing Joke is above all is a thinking and feeling people's band who provide a soundtrack to life that resonates with an utter conviction and vibrant purpose that stirs the noble warrior in us all. Their song titles alone provide insight into exactly where they stand and the subjects they explore. Here's but a small sampling:

Another Bloody Election
Absolute Dissent
The Great Cull
Money is Not Our God
Fresh Fever from the Skies
Dark Forces
You'll Never Get to Me
Total Invasion
The Death & Resurrection Show
Another Cult Goes Down
Follow the Leaders
Empire Song
Age of Greed
You're Being Followed

Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke
Do yourself a favour, drop whatever you're doing and introduce their vibrant soundtrack into your life. They are the finest band of spirit, fire, integrity and intelligence you're not listening to. Look for their new album tentatively entitled '2012', unleashed this April 2, 2012. The lads are solidly committed and put forth sterling effort to bring this one about, so be sure to give a listen, read and heed their words, and purchase a copy to support their mission. Their new album promises to be bang-on top shelf, and the upcoming song titles are as follows:  

1.Pole Shift
2.Fema Camp
4.Colony Collapse
5.Corporate Elect
6.In Cythera
10. On All Hallow’s Eve

If you are lucky enough to live near where they are playing whilst on tour this year, by all means make due effort to go. Their sincerity and power will change you and reignite the fire of life within you. This is not just a band, it is a force of power, a living entity they harness and unleash to breathe life and light in a landscape of drudge, despair, subjugation, horror and death.

        * UPDATE 4 APRIL, 2012!! *            

Please see my latest post here for some new and shocking revelations about Killing Joke 

It appears that I as well as many fans of their music, were duped by these lads who fancy at playing both sides. Throwing their lot in with worshipping the same demonic forces the self-dubbed "elite" do. I do believe that their actions behind the scenes qualify as those of a quintessential double-agent.


  1. WHAT a great surprise this morning to learn that you are blogging Hei Hu Quan!! i put you directly on the blogroll and am honored to be on yours, and i am looking forward to your brilliant posts. :D this first one is very helpful because i don't bother with much music for the obvious reasons and had no idea this band even existed. so thank you, i will check them out.

  2. will check them out, thanks HHQ

  3. A. Peasant, so glad to hear from you, as I've always admired your spot on work and steadfast sleuthing. Thanks you with great sincerity for adding my site to your blogroll.

    Penny you will enjoy KJ's work and you can best sample it on YouTube with even some of their live performances.

    Cheers to you both, and keep up the Spartan work ladies.

  4. Hate to heap praise on the modest, but I have to also chime in with a hearty welcome, for a commenter/blogger with such keen insight and knowledge.

    So nice to see, and I truly look forward to learning of many new things in the future.

    Will check out your musicians here when I have a second . . . very interesting. Would be interested in some of your thoughts on Muse, and what you make of them.

  5. He also did an album with Cechomor [ from Czech Rep] called Promeny - Transformations.

    He has a residence in Prague too.


  6. Aferrismoon thanks for your post addition. One could write a separate post on Jaz alone as there is much more to him than I afforded to him in the post. He has received a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres commendation by the French Minister of Culture. He's studied Arabic music at the Cairo Conservatoire and has a passion for Czech folk music and Māori music. He is working towards setting up a European-Pacific Academy of Renaissance Arts, which he intends to base in New Zealand and different locations around Europe. Jaz Coleman is completing his first literary work which promotes the principles of self-education he has benefited from throughout his life. Coleman is actively involved in the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centres of New Zealand.

    In 2002 Coleman starred in a Czech film by Petr Zelenka Rok ďábla (Year of the Devil) and also conducted and composed the soundtrack, which has reached fifteen-times platinum status. The film has become a multiple award-winning cult classic (Crystal Globe, Czech Lion).

    In 2010, so far Jaz has completed his Magna Suscitatio for solo violin, chorus and full orchestra, which illustrates the process of transformation and illumination of the human condition “from our current barbaric state”. He has also set to work on an ambitious programme with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and also continues with his work as composer in residence of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

    There is much more but this gives you some idea of the depth and latitude of the man.

  7. Slozo, very good to hear from you and thanks for your exceedingly gracious compliments. I enjoy learning as much from others as edifying and look forward to this endeavour as a medium for this exchange. I will look into Muse, as I have heard of them, but actually know very little of their music and what they're about.

    Cheers friend.

  8. Cheers for that - I'll try to get a copy of Rok Dabla.



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