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WITH A reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits with a string of revered recordings to their name.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s ... Read more in Amazon's Killing Joke Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EG/Virgin
  • ASIN: B000025JR2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adorations
2. Sanity
3. Chessboards
4. Twilight Of The Mortal
5. Love Of The Masses
6. A Southern Sky
7. Victory
8. Wintergardens
9. Rubicon
10. Goodbye To The Village
11. Exile

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Format: Audio CD
Released in November 1986 as the follow-up to the highly successful album; 'Night Time' (which reached number 11 in the UK), much was expected of 'Brighter Than A Thousand Suns' by both EG Records and the band's considerable fanbase.

Whilst 'Night Time' had the springboard of the band's biggest hit single to date ('Love Like Blood' Number 16), 'Brighter' suffered from the lack of a top 40 hit.

Lead-off single and opening track; 'Adorations' peaked at number 42 despite being released as a limited edition double 7" and second single; 'Sanity' peaked at number 70.

Additionally the album was released barely a month before Christmas 1986 and got lost in the rush.

Which is a shame because this is perhaps Killing Joke's best, most cohesive album.

Criticised by some for being (by Joke standards) over-produced and (gasp) featured some synthesisers, the standard of songwriting is consistently high, and Jaz Coleman's vocal is allowed to breathe, something sadly lacking from their 2006 effort; 'Hosannas'.

Lyrically, 'Brighter' is paradoxically dark, yet highly intelligent, dealing with themes such as human mortality ('Twilight of the Mortal'), the veneer of civilisation ('Sanity'), developers ruining communities ('Goodbye To The Village') and nuclear armageddon ('Rubicon').

Coleman's world-view may be apocalyptic, but it's laced with a fine seam of intelligence and realism, tempered with a healthy contempt for the egotism of humanity.

Bassist Geordie is on fine form throughout, particularly on the awesome 'Wintergardens', and even the 'bonus' tracks; 'Exile' and 'Victory' would be high points on most other rock albums.

There literally are no filler tracks here, and the whole album rewards repeated listens, something new constantly being found each time.

Timeless, prescient and awe-inspiring, 'Brighter Than A Thousand Suns' is simply superb.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "chrishyams" on 12 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
By the time Killing Joke had released 'Brighter Tha a Thousand Suns'(BTATS) in 1986, the world should have been their oyster. Having recently scored a Top Ten album with the brilliantly produced (if perhaps a little short) 'Night Time' in 1985, together with Top 20 single, what could go wrong ?
Not exactly the critic's darlings, BTATS unbelievably passed relatively unnoticed by the general public, thanks to a music press intent on KJ's punishment for past felonies !
BTATS is perhaps KJ's most technically accomplished album to date and is a masterwork in controlled, multilayered instrumentation. Jaz Coleman's keyboards and classical groundings really come to the fore, underscored with some brilliantly original riffing from Geordie Walker's guitar.
The rhythm section of Raven and Ferguson are also on top form, especially on the likes Wintergardens, Sanity and and the stunning 'Rubicon'.
As rock music goes, this album is very difficult to categorise. It's too good to be prog-rock, has some slow numbers and also some memorable riff choruses. There are so many different moods on this album that one can only say that it's beyond defintion.
At a time when rock/pop music was perhaps at an all time low (although 2000 is pretty p**s poor), BTATS stands out as one of the best albums of its generation. The Smiths may have gotten all the critical acclaim during the mid-1980's (perhaps deservedly so in some cases), but Killing Joke's music has left a rich legacy from which the likes of Metallica, Nirvana and Korn have spawned.
Perhaps KJ's reputation, as a bunch of mad b****** attempting to escape the Apocalypse, preceded them, but after 1984 they had settled down and concentrated on producing quality albums such as this.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 2000
Format: Audio CD
Truly,this is THE great artistic statement of the 20th century.The creation of "horror-beauty" (as Mr Coleman himself referred to it) was the exclusive domain of Killing Joke. This,the last album recorded by the great Joke line-up of Coleman/Walker/Ferguson/Raven,was the culmination in creating 8 years of experimental music.Jaz said "this is the sound we always dreamed of." Make no mistake - this is emotionally the most intense record in history;brilliantly explosive,it oozes the panic sensations of the nuclear age in which it was written.Killing Joke crafted their music by this time,and the fusion of Geordie's formidable guitar and Jaz's keyboard atmospherics has to be heard to be believed. The opening "Adorations" is a microcosm for the entire album.The authority of the Joke's classic rhythm section cannot be denied.Over this we hear the great guitar pioneer Geordie Walker,who moves from devastating riffs to chords of breathtaking beauty,effotlessly.Jaz's vocal style here is perhaps the most conventional of all,but he finds terrific melodies and lyrically this is pure art.The title "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" refers to Sanskrit accounts of of vast nuclear exlosion in pre-history.Every song here is a classic,but particular mention should be made of the haunting "Love of the Masses" and the epic "Rubicon" that closes the vinyl version of this astonishing album.If you own but one CD,make it this one.It will change your life.To this day I have never heard anything better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
NOT THEIR BEST BUT STILL BETTER THAN MOST 3 Dec 1999
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Format: Audio CD
By the time this album came out, Killing Joke had already been around for 7 or 8 years. Their first four albums are full of tribal rhythms, abrasive guitars, and lyrics that tell of an impending breakdown in the social order. With the release of "Night Time", the predecessor to "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns", Killing Joke didn't really "go pop" as much as they just decided to convey their messages in a new musical format. "Night Time" and "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" are less tribal, with more of a dance groove to them and tighter song arrangements. Jaz Coleman's voice sounds the most somber on "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns", which comes as no surprise, since most of the lyrics reflect on the erroneous nature of the human race and the coming apocalypse, which Coleman has devoted years of his life to studying. The first several tracks are the strongest- "Twilight Of The Mortal", "Adorations", and "A Southern Sky" are particularly catchy. While not as incendiary or groundbreaking as their first few albums, "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" is an important step in the evolution of Killing Joke. Definitely pick it up if you like atmospheric rock music with solid grooves.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Killing Joke, Brighter Than A 1000 Bands! 5 May 2005
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have heard Killing Joke for more than ten years before I finally purchased "1000 Suns". It was the first time that I realized there was another side to the band. Keep in mind, this cd bears all the heart and soul of the Killing Joke, basics that have always made the band who they are. Haunting, melodic, insightful, perhaps-prophetic, musicians with harsh, dreary images and messages to bring out.

Degradation, destruction of humanity and society, among other themes loom throughout the cd. It should be of no surprise considering it was the late-80s, things were going wrong and
values were shifting. Funny thing, this cd could still fit in well with today's society, to a certain extent. "Twilight Of The Mortal", "Love Of The Masses", and "To The Village" envision
wordly destruction with irreversible effects.

Much of 1000 Suns has a hooky, esoteric sound, probably the most melodic of all the other KJ albums. Seriously, don't let the smooth sound fool you, there's some real deep, dark stuff here.
"Adorations" and "Sanity", the singles that were popular at the time of its release, remain some of my all-time favorite KJ songs. They're moody, drifty, and always pleasant to listen to.
And "Exile" is a fitting end to a moody, drifty, pleasant cd.

Certainly, Jaz Coleman and company would shift gears again on their next release and they were right to do so. This type of KJ mood and sound couldn't be topped. Hence, by the end of the 80s, they would take some raging, chaotic steps forward. 1000 Suns was and is the peak of the band's smoother period. It will leave anyone wanting more after first listen.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My Favourite Album of All Time 29 Oct 2000
By Jim Waugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album when it was released, since then I've listened to it countless times and never tired of it's beauty. I know that many disagree, but for me it is the best KJ album, critics tend to complain that it sounds dated, or that the increase in synth and reduced guitars make it a weaker album. While I also love KJ's grittier sound, I feel that the purity of the music on BTATS never fails to leave me speechless - and tracks such as Chessboards & Rubicon have just as much energy and edge as anything else KJ have done, just in a more refined form. If this wasn't enough, the lyrics on BTATS are way and above anything else I've had the pleasure to witness ... and could stand alone as poetry in their own right. As a whole the album has a spiritual Icy ethereal feel - like a truth that cuts through anything in it's path. I'd love to be able to get this across better, but this CD touches me in a way that I just can't capture in words.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ambient, lush and delicious - KJ at their absolute best! 12 May 1999
By brad.lentz@equifax.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This particular Killing Joke album was my first brush with the band - and definately the most impressive brush. For those of you becoming familiar with KJ as of recent - Millenium, Democracy - do yourselves a favour and purchase this disc - it will save your wretched soul. The first time I heard this disc it became permanently imbedded in my inner conscious. It is one of those discs that I would have in my possesion were I stranded on that ubiquitous desert island. I recall that very late night drive in the dead of winter to the frozen lake of the Midwest. My friend and I had been out carousing and decided that the Lake was our ultimate destination. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns was spilling forth from the car stereo like a haunted memory that I couldn't recall. It hooked me and has never let go. Let's just say the music fit the cold and desolate blackness of that winter night very well. I will never forget that encounter with KJ and will never be without Brighter Than a Thousand Suns. If 'Chessboards' does not move YOU, nothing will.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Variety in the Anger 23 Mar 2000
By "quilted_northern" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I personally own about half of Killing Joke's material, and *Brighter than a Thousand Suns* is my favorite of them. Jaz Coleman's keyboards crossed with Geordie Walker's non-intrusive guitar are truly an eighth wonder of the world. Though many might not enjoy the sound of 80s synth-pop, the cynical edge & social awareness of this album may make up for it. Seeing as how Killing Joke is one of the world's rare intellectual bands, it is nearly impossible for their material to be substandard. So, even if you don't like the sound, you may still respect the album. If you're expecting a lot of the guitar-heavy, throaty vocals from most of KJ's material, this album may surprise you. But give it a chance.
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