Fire Dances – Killing Joke – 1983


Album Fire Dances by the band Killing Joke
Album Fire Dances by the band Killing Joke

Fire Dances is a post-punk album by the British band Killing Joke, released in 1983. It was the first album to feature Paul Raven as the new bassist, replacing Youth who left the band in 1982. The album explores themes of paganism, occultism and apocalypse, influenced by the band’s leader Jaz Coleman who moved to Iceland in 1982 to escape the impending doom he predicted. The album’s opening track, The Gathering, gave the name to the band’s fanbase, who are called “gatherers”. The album’s sound is characterized by hypnotic and repetitive rhythms, combined with Coleman’s distinctive vocals and Geordie Walker’s guitar riffs. The album received positive reviews from critics and reached number 29 on the UK Albums Chart.

Fire Dances is a classic album from Killing Joke. It is a must-have for any fan of post-punk, industrial rock, or heavy metal.


  • Jaz Coleman – vocals, synthesizer, production
  • Kevin “Geordie” Walker – guitar, production
  • Paul Raven – bass guitar, production
  • Paul Ferguson – drums, vocals, production
  • John Porter – co-producer on “Let’s All Go (to the Fire Dances)”, “Me or You” and “Wilful Days”
  • Nigel Mills – recording engineer, mixing

Source: Wikipedia

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