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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.
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  • Audio CD (July 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B0009S2F7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

If not quite as remarkable as the band's gripping self-titled debut, What's This For... showed that Killing Joke could maintain its frenetic, doom-wracked intensity while experimenting with its already strongly established style. Remastered with 3 bonus tracks including 'Follow The Leaders' (dub), 'Brilliant' and one previously unreleased track 'Madness' (dub). EG. 2005.

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This is pretty prevelent throughout the album-- the mud has been cleaned up in the sound.
Michael Stack
I remember a girl sobbing desperately outside the club, and saying that she didn't wanted to see'em anymore, neither to hear one more note of their music.
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Memorable drumming from big Paul sounds like a herd of elephants stomping through your living room.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Killing Joke's followup to their debut album is in many ways a superior effort-- the sound worked on the first album is honed and refined for this one-- "what's THIS for...!" FEELS like the followup to the debut, but there's a bit more consistency-- the material doesn't quite reach the peak of the first album but all of it is of a higher quality.

Opening with a tribal tour-de-force, the first three songs-- "The Fall of Because", "Tension", and "Unspeakable" are one after another more and more compelling-- with Geordie's swirling punk guitars, Youth's funky bass lines, and Paul Ferguson anchoring everything on the drums, vocalist Jaz Coleman can paint his picture of the collapse of society. "Unspeakable" in particular, about a housewife commenting on the "color scheme" of a mushroom cloud, is totally brilliant and begins introducing variety in vocal styles-- the first shades of things to come. The record in general is actually a bit smoother than the followup, maintaining the tribal/dub/dance feel that was so well illustrated on the previous record but losing some of the sort of proto-industrial sounds.

Admittedly, the album for me dips a bit after this, a couple of the songs are a bit overlong and drag (the otherwise superb "Butcher" and "Madness", which would have benefited from an outside producer pulling the plug 2-3 minutes earlier), but there's still the superb, tribally driven "Follow the Leaders" on the album, another Joke classic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Heminger on December 14, 2000
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(Can I give 6 stars??)
I first read about these mysterious freaks in a Kerrang! magazine in the winter of 1981, and the description of "weird metal" piqued my interest. A neighbor had it, and brought it over. We played it on dad's big hi-fi system, and I felt like one of those Clive Barker characters who is whisked off to a dark, strange place. I was hooked immediately, never to return again.
The opening cut "Fall of Because" was the perfect primer for their unique sound, and I still unleash it on the uninitiated whenever possible. (My first Joke concert started with this song as well. Magnificent.) An oblique reference to Aleister Crowley (whose madness they later regretted dabbling in), it sets the tone for a compelling descent into their ugly, dazzling, and ultimately addictive musical world vision.
All the classics are here - filtered through a manic tongue-in-cheek sheet-metal disco drone that you never want to end. I've recently noticed how the title cut was YEARS ahead of its time, with minimal synth bleats over rolling drums and unsettling chewing sounds. By the time you reach "Exit" they have left you feeling initiated and deeply alive in a dying world, "'cause the drums keep thundering\in familiar ways."
Understandably, the stomp and blare of post-apocalyptic paranoia seemed much more threatening in the Reaganesque early 80's, but it still has a power and authenticity that is sadly lost on a new generation of dejected abused whiners with detuned guitars. (These guys never even included a photo of the band until their 4th album!!)
So-called 'intense' bands have never touched the primal therapy (barely) contained here.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Every single KJ's work is worth listening to (and some a bona fine masterpiecess), but this one is simply in a class of its own. Every single rock band ever formed has been under some kind of personal delusion: from The Doors shamanic nonsense to the Offrspring's faux punk rock aesthetic, everyone had its own pretense, its own personal way to nobilitate their own musical effort. All - except Killing Joke. They never pretended - they lived to the extreme consequences (musical and human) their relentless pursuit for the definitive energy-in-art. And not, we're not speaking of taking loads of (...), reciting the Lord's Prayer "au contraire" or posing as a street thug. No sir - they REALLY mean it. They looked to that energy inside themselves, and what they found was probably more of what they had bargained for. "What This For" may not be KJ most complex work, but is their most terryfing hour. It's simple, alien, monstrous, entertaining (almost every single track will send you in a frenzied spin), ironic and cruel. It was (20 years ago!) the thing poor (...) like Korn or (... forbid) Marilyn Manson have tried to do and always failed to do. It's the thing every black/occult metal band has dreamed of, but you'll not find any occult mumbo-jumbo (expect the Alesteir Crowly quote in the title of the opening track "The FAll of Because"). It's a record with an immense sound, almost derisively played almost completely in a single take (except the vocals) and self produced with a raw energy that no producer has captured since (with maybe the exception of Steve Albini). Each song is memorable - even if the band hated "Follow The Leader" - but some are outstanding. Some (like "Tension" or "Exit") are warlike tunes you could kill for.Read more ›
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