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Black Light District was one of Coil’s side projects. Under this alias they released only one album, A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room.
This was planned to be the first in a trilogy of Black Light District releases. A boxed set featuring reworked versions of all three releases was hinted at once the series was complete.

The name Black Light District was taken from a track by Boyd Rice recorded for the Bethel cassette out by John Balance on his Hearsay And Heresy label in 1984.

Black Light District saw the usual Coil team helped out by some old and new friends and together they reached back to the elemental song structures of Scatology and Horse Rotorvator, and these constructions applied to the formless unwinding of textures and sound that typified their incarnation as ELpH. The enigmatic result furthered the deep listening experiments begun on Love’s Secret Domain.

The fluidity of the tracks is parenthesised by the 2 opening tracks Unprepared Piano and Red Skeletons, and the final track Chalice. The opening two are an uncentred piano with bass weirdness and a scannerish set of phone samples between a couple who’s relationship is over and in pain. These are threaded over a plunky disorienting gentle sound pattern. The other pieces leading from this discomfort to Chalice and a sense of peace are a journey over clanking distortions, half remembered bits of “Tubular Bells” and even some vocals. Chalice which could easily be the sister piece to Current 93’s Where The Long Shadows Fall, is a spiritual arrival where delicate chanting and long shifting tones pierce some quiet part of the self into a fluttering.


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  • N418231918

    DissecteDnigger, junkies discussing listening experience, nothing interesting

    29 Mar 4:40pm Reply
  • What-

    Уносит <3

    27 Mar 6:34am Reply
  • DissecteDnigger

    Probably one of my favorite albums. But why are there so many russian?

    10 Mar 12:33pm Reply
  • StProZ

    Годнота. А Тайм Машинс тоже ок, но это получше будет, да.

    17 Jan 3:09am Reply
  • hiddenreverse


    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • aphexcat

    словно в лесу спящего безумия побывала

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • Ehofbano

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    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • MaKsIFcHa

    под кокой один раз чуть не сотворил новую вселенную, шикарно

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • zuzochka

    Я под этот альбом чуть не умер, все лежал в темноте, пытаясь привести сердечный ритм в норму. [2]

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Uruakan

    it's ridiculous how accurate "Refusal to leave to land" is.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • agrtobn

    Я этот альбом случайно врубил при входе в трип под ДОБом. Потом не мог выключить, т.к. не понимал откуда эти звуки и реальна ли эта музыка вообще. Не знаю как я выдержал этот кошмар. Там и до койла было от чего поехать крыше.

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • FructusMortus

    Я под этот альбом чуть не умер, все лежал в темноте, пытаясь привести сердечный ритм в норму.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Televizle

    Blue Rats, what's the matter? [2]

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • A_Silver_Voice

    I've got this tagged as Coil and that's the way it is going to stay

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • grey_shadow

    Blue Rats, what's the matter?

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • zuzochka

    очень понравился альбом

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
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    Untagged from "" at 2071 listeners. It may take a while for the change to show. Visit the group under 2000 listeners for more info.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • malonemuert

    one of their best songs on that album here - Red Skeletons and the magical Refusal of Leave to Land... too bad the whole album is spoiled by pointless tracks (Green Water, Cold Dream of an Earth Star) - that's frequent Coil disadvantage unfortunately

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • weimarrepublic

    This is amazing.

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
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