- Released: June 13, 2005
- Label: Cooking Vinyl
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1293 stars out of 5
- "[T]here's no doubting the epic magnificence on offer."
- 5.Black Moon
- 9.Pleasures of the Flesh
- 10.Mathematics of Chaos
Personnel: Aboud Abdel Ali (violin); Said El Artist, Hossam Ramzy (percussion); Paddy Free, Matt Austin (programming).
Audio Mixer: Ron Saint Germain.
Audio Remixer: Greg Hunter.
Recording information: Butterfly Studios, London, England; EMI Studios, Sout El Hob, Cairo, Egypt; Hani Mehana Studios, Golden Music Centre; metropolis Studios, London, England; The King's Chamber - Great Pyramid, Cairo, Egypt; Townhouse Studios, London, England; York Street Studio, Auckland, New Zealand.
Issued in 1994, PANDEMONIUM proved to be Killing Joke's long-awaited follow-up to 1990's EXTREMITIES, DIRT & VARIOUS REPRESSED EMOTIONS. While the earlier album was embraced as a powerful return to form for the British metal/post-punk act, PANDEMONIUM applied that outing's heavy aesthetic to a much larger canvas, giving many songs a cinematic sweep, as best evinced on Led Zeppelin-esque title track and the stomping "Millennium." In addition to marking the return of bassist/producer Martin "Youth" Glover, the record also indulges in frontman Jaz Coleman's Middle Eastern leanings, as most notably heard on the highly percussive "Communion." For those who worried that EXTREMITIES was just a one-off reunion, PANDEMONIUM reinforced the notion that Killing Joke was still committed to its signature fierce, brooding, industrial-tinged sound.