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.
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.