Killing Joke ‎– Fire Dances

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EG ‎– EGMD 5, Malicious Damage ‎– 813 310-1
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Tracklist

A1 The Gathering 3:12
A2 Fun & Games 4:06
A3 Rejuvenation 3:57
A4 Frenzy 3:46
A5 Harlequin 3:56
B1 Feast Of Blaze 3:32
B2 Song & Dance 5:13
B3 Dominator 5:05
B4 Let's All Go (To The Fire Dances) 3:32
B5 Lust Almighty 3:47

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"Let's All Go (To The Fire Dances)" is credited just as "Let's All Go" on label / sleeve.

Includes a thick liner with printed lyrics.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Etched): ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Stamped): EGMD 5 A//3▽420 R 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Stamped): EGMD 5 B//3▽420 R 1 1 4

Other Versions (5 of 29) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VJCP 68863 Killing Joke Fire Dances(CD, Album, RE, Min) Virgin VJCP 68863 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
PL 5019 Killing Joke Fire Dances(LP, Album) Passport Records PL 5019 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
50999 5 10639 2 4, KJRE 5 Killing Joke Fire Dances(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) 50999 5 10639 2 4, KJRE 5 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
28MM 0301 Killing Joke Fire Dances(LP, Album) Polydor 28MM 0301 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
EGMDC 5, 813 310-4 Killing Joke The Fire Dances(Cass, Album) EG, EG EGMDC 5, 813 310-4 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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Butterman

Butterman

November 5, 2014
Long time KJ fan since my simultaneous discovery in 1984 of S/T (Malicious Damage) 1980 and “Night Time” 1984.

When a fellow Gatherer purchased this vinyl back in the mid-late 80s he immediately had me listen to it, seeing as how this was the LP which came right before “Night Time”, which always was our favorite. One of the first plus points in its favor was how Paul Vincent Raven was now the official bass player for KJ, and it is no secret that Raven was the principal inspiration for myself picking up the instrument. Upon first listening I admit I was not entirely certain about the release as it had a lighter tone and more guitar-orientation that its follow-up. However it was this particular energy which ended up winning me over with the album.

As a matter of fact, the whole “Poppy” (as in “Pop”) feeling of the album was a strange paradox seeing as how the band was well known for its vibrant and poignant somewhat “socio”-conscious lyrics mixed with an apocalyptic doom infused post-hardcore not-quite-metal/industrial music. For “Fire Dances”, it almost felt as though the end of days was upon us, but everyone just decided to gather around the charred remains of civilization and enjoy the party amongst the fires. And so, in spirit, let the fun begin, the laughter resonate as we watch the world burn itself down.

All pieces work effectively as stand-alones or even in their collective formats. The only somewhat weaker moments come at the end of each side (“Harlequin”, and “Lust Almighty”) simply because after so much energy and intensity brought forth from all other pieces, it is difficult to keep the proverbial fire burning, pun intentional. The title track “Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances)” is quite simply a brilliantly fun little romp absolutely effective in its rather simplistic form, proving you don’t always need a complex series of riffs to craft a good song. “Dominator” allows Raven’s bass to be more up front, something which the following KJ phase would also put forth. “Frenzy” is both a fun romp while edging slightly to the dementia deep well, complete with an ending which inspires light mania. “Feast Of Blaze” has always felt like a tribal gathering, similarly to a cry towards battle, or at least how a great outdoors party should begin. All other pieces also seem to have interlocking themes and grooves, while at the same time also creating their own unique momentums. Easily one of my favorites from the band, even if the production does sound a bit like it was recorded from a tin can at times.