Coil

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Formed in London in 1983 by John Balance as a solo side project to Psychic TV, Coil developed into a full-scale musical group in 1984, when Balance cemented a partnership with Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. Christopherson had been a founder of Psychic TV and member of Throbbing Gristle. For over twenty years Coil would be at the forefront of European experimentalism and electronic music.
John Balance (1962–2004) died tragically in an accident at his home on November 13th, 2004.
Peter Christopherson decided that, with the passing of John Balance, Coil would not continue.
Peter Martin Christopherson died 24 November 2010 (aged 55).
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NRC05 Coil - Transparent album art Zos Kia / Coil Zos Kia / Coil - Transparent (Album) Nekrophile Rekords NRC05 Austria 1984 Sell This Version
none Coil - The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign album art The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign - The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign (Album, Comp) Not On Label (Vortex Campaign Self-released) none Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
FFK 1 Coil - Scatology album art Coil Scatology (Album) Force & Form, K.422 FFK 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
none Coil - Horse Rotorvator album art Coil Horse Rotorvator (Album) Force & Form, K.422, Force & Form, K.422 none UK 1986 Sell This Version
LOCI 1, LOCI 2 Coil - Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders) album art Coil Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders) Threshold House LOCI 1, LOCI 2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
none Coil - The Side Effects Of Life album art Coil The Side Effects Of Life(Cass, S/Sided) Threshold House none UK 1989 Sell This Version
WAXCS 7143 Coil - Love's Secret Domain album art Coil Love's Secret Domain (Album) Torso, Torso, Torso, Torso WAXCS 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
LOCI CD5 Coil - How To Destroy Angels (Remixes And Re-Recordings) album art Coil How To Destroy Angels (Remixes And Re-Recordings) (Album) Threshold House LOCI CD5 UK 1992 Sell This Version
LOCICD4 Coil - Stolen And Contaminated Songs album art Coil Stolen And Contaminated Songs (Album) Threshold House LOCICD4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Coil - Backwards album art Coil Backwards(Cass, S/Sided, Advance, Dem) Not On Label none UK 1993 Sell This Version
LOCI CD6 Coil - The Angelic Conversation album art Coil The Angelic Conversation (Album) Threshold House LOCI CD6 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ESKATON 007 Coil - Worship The Glitch album art ELpH vs Coil ELpH vs Coil - Worship The Glitch (Album) Eskaton ESKATON 007 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ESKATON 009 Coil - A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room album art Coil Presents Black Light District Coil Presents Black Light District - A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (Album) Eskaton ESKATON 009 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Drug 8 Coil - Astral Disaster album art Coil Astral Disaster (Album) Prescription (5) Drug 8 UK 1999 Sell This Version
GRAAL 002LP Coil - Musick To Play In The Dark album art Coil Musick To Play In The Dark (Album) Chalice GRAAL 002LP UK 1999 Sell This Version
ESKATON 24 Coil - Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil album art Coil Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil (Album) Eskaton ESKATON 24 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ESKATON 024 CD, eskaton cd24 Coil - Coil Presents Time Machines album art Coil Presents Time Machines Coil Presents Time Machines - Coil Presents Time Machines(CD) Eskaton, Eskaton ESKATON 024 CD, eskaton cd24 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ESKATON 20 Coil - Queens Of The Circulating Library album art Coil Queens Of The Circulating Library (Album) Eskaton ESKATON 20 UK 2000 Sell This Version
GRAAL 004LP Coil - Musick To Play In The Dark2 album art Coil Musick To Play In The Dark2 (Album) Chalice GRAAL 004LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Coil - Live in NYC August 18, 2001 album art Coil Live in NYC August 18, 2001(CDr + VHS) Mute Elation none US 2001 Sell This Version
none Coil - The Remote Viewer album art Coil The Remote Viewer (Album) Threshold House none UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Coil - Megalithomania! album art Coil Megalithomania!(CDr, Album, Ltd) Threshold House none UK 2003 Sell This Version
FF 004 Coil - Live Two album art Coil Live Two (Album) Threshold House, Threshold House FF 004 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
ESKATON 034 Coil - ANS album art Coil ANS(CD, Ltd) Eskaton ESKATON 034 UK 2003 Sell This Version
LOCI CD18, loci cd18, loci cd 18 Coil - Live One album art Coil Live One(2xCD, Album) Threshold House, Threshold House, Threshold House LOCI CD18, loci cd18, loci cd 18 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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codexencyclopedia

codexencyclopedia

December 8, 2020
Sounds like someone is salty their taste in music doesn't make them so unique anymore.
ww23

ww23

March 7, 2020
now with hindsight a highly overrated group.
too many unnecessary releases and cash grabs (already when they were still alive) and a lot of material has not aged well.
and all those rip off releases afterwards are a real nuisance as every guy who made a bleep with them releases unnecessary and bad stuff
rebas

rebas

March 6, 2020
pretty much one of the greatest things that have ever existed.
janhead

janhead

August 30, 2019
Overwhelming and unique. Coil takes you to the dark corners of your mind, places you would not dare to go alone, and to places you even didn't know they existed.
dionisisth

dionisisth

May 19, 2019
One of the most heavily exploited projects, from labels and bootlegers ever, post mortem..Some may argue on this because, well, music mostly lost due to their untimely demise is presented and sees the light, which is a good thing, but on the other hand, who profits from all this?
Surely not Coil themselves..And then again, would they really agree to all this music of theirs published like this after the bitter end..?
I guess we will never know..For arguments sake, if all those people out there that have access to Coil's archives were honest on what they were doing, and really cared about the music of the project seeing the light, they would release everything in a Bandcamp page, for free, out of respect, to the dead..it is a matter of self-respect as well.
And there is no sadder truth than that, sorry.
genocyber

genocyber

August 22, 2018
experimentation and genre re-defining but also very skilled producers as well which is overlooked (e.g. Nasa Arab 2). no one has even come close to what theyve done (and its unlikely anyone ever will).
mayss

mayss

March 3, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
Using the least, deconstructing the most, and conveying ALL.

Coil forever!
cwmbran-city

cwmbran-city

October 22, 2016
Among Britain's best ever sound explorers. Fact. Genres? Only one = Coil.
dalakouras

dalakouras

August 29, 2016
Be it industrial, ambient, ritual, drone, electronic, experimental: the whole post-industrial scene is but a series of footnotes to COIL.
anton.hystrix

anton.hystrix

February 21, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
Usually there are situations when I think "This artist should be cool enough to be in my favorites" and after thorough listening of his discography I realize that there were only a couple of good songs that made me want to check the artist. Suddenly Coil became very rare exception from this rule. Knowing their past and knowing some of the old PTV songs I thought there would be the same industrial, strange sound constructions, noizes, and psychedelic voices. But I was totally wrong and they are much better than I expected.

The first song I heard recently was Tainted Love, which was included as a classic track into one of the episodes of Radio Dogma, the podcast hosted by The Black Dog. Something in it hooked me, it was the dark mood and the perfect combination of voice and sound. For now I checked the main albums and I can say that these guys were absolutely good composers. The first two discs could be named "industrial" in some way but there's plenty of amazing dark ambient and more experimental stuff later, the music and the usage of voices became better and better. I also like how the used unusual instruments like didgeridoo. And the best thing was that these guys were always trying to create something new, they were full of ideas. Really enjoyed "Musick To Play In The Dark", we hear the perfect example of voice utilization in "Are You Shivering?", then we fly into something that reminded me of old Tangerine Dream, then something new again, you name it. Highly recommended to all electronic music fans.

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