Killing Joke are on a mission to take their music of resistance to a whole new level with their sixteenth studio album, ‘Pylon’, due on October 23 via Spinefarm Records. The band has shared the lyric video for ‘I Am the Virus’, the lead track from ‘Pylon’. ‘I Am The Virus’ is described by Killing Joke’s Youth as “an intense, angry, uncompromising shout into the abyss” and it provides a typically bitter taste of the “delights” to come.
With the original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth, and Big Paul continuing to hold firm, Killing Joke will headline shows around the world, starting with a U.K. run in October. ‘Pylon’ was produced in the U.K. and Prague by the band and Tom Dalgety, whose credits include the hugely successful ‘Royal Blood’ album.
The album isn’t designed to accompany a quiet night at home in front of the fire; ‘Pylon” is very much music-as-ritual. It’s raw, uncompromising and precisely targeted lyrically, with the artwork put together by regular band associate Mike Coles, the designer behind the very first Killing Joke album.
About the album title, Youth said, “It’s simple… Stark brutal industrial suicide… This is the third in a triptych of albums, ‘Absolute Dissent’, ‘MMXII’ and now ‘Pylon’… heavy and uncompromising, bleak dystopian lyrics, as well as some visionary celebration… lots of black pain emotion. To be honest, we remain genre blind so our music will always cover a vast spectrum of influences, from disco right through to heavy metal and beyond.”
While other bands of a certain vintage may struggle to hold their edge, Killing Joke are delivering the best and most relevant material of their career, with no mellowing or softening of the edges getting in the way. It’s a line in the sand against mainstream music and corporate existence.
“I believe we delivered 15 tracks for the new album,” ponders Youth, who actually raised that number to 16 with a last minute dub remix. “And it could have been a lot more.” “This record really showcases the power of Killing Joke,” continues Jaz. “I remember we once jammed with German outfit CAN, and I don’t remember hearing CAN…”
Difficult, perverse and willfully unpredictable, Killing Joke continue to be a group that actually stands for something; Youth will tell you it’s “honesty, commitment and illumination,” and the others will doubtless have ideas of their own, but one thing’s for certain: what once seemed paranoid now seems downright prophetic, and for all of their adherence to darker hues, the future for Killing Joke seems bright… whether they like it our not.
All audio purchases of ‘Pylon’ from PledgeMusic will receive the lead track ‘I Am the Virus’ as an instant download. The new album will be released in variety of formats, including deluxe double CD and a strictly limited double colored vinyl, with both versions featuring additional tracks.