Jaz Coleman / Nigel Kennedy

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Jeremy Coleman, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Best known as the frontman for influential industrial punks Killing Joke, Coleman has also gone on to issue several symphonic-based works. He began studying both the violin and piano at the age of six, and two years later, was accepted into the Addington Palace Choir. Before he was even a teenager, Coleman had received numerous accolades and awards for his musical talent. After a brief stint in an obscure outfit called the Matt Stagger Band, Coleman formed Killing Joke in late 1978, along with other members Paul Ferguson (drums), Youth (b. Martin Glover, 27 December 1960, Africa; bass), and Geordie (guitar). By merging dance rhythms with elements of punk and heavy metal, Killing Joke is often considered to be one of the first true industrial rock bands. Despite building a substantial following, Coleman (who was heavily studying the occult by this time) became convinced that the earth’s apocalypse was...

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