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Coil (1982–2004) was initially established in London in 1983 as an experimental solo outlet for ex-Psychic TV member John Balance, and became a full-fledged experimental sonic manipulation unit a year later following the arrival of keyboardist / programmer Peter Christopherson (Sleazy), a founder of Psychic TV as well as a member of Throbbing Gristle. After debuting with the 17-minute ritual recording How to Destroy Angels, Balance and Sleazy recruited the aid of Possession’s Stephen Thrower, J.G. “Foetus” Thirlwell, and The Virgin Prunes’ Gavin Friday to record their full-length 1984 bow Scatology, an intense, primal work of sculpted industrial noise thematically devoted to the concepts of alchemy and transmutation.

Coil spent the next period of its existence exploring visual media. In late 1984 they recorded a rendition of Tainted Love (originally recorded by Gloria Jones, but made popular by Soft Cell in the 80s), producing a widely banned, hallucinogenic video clip featuring Marc Almond as the Angel of Death; despite considerable controversy at home, the video ultimately found its way to the archives of the Museum of Modern Art. After spending several years working with filmmaker Derek Jarman on the feature The Angelic Conversation, Coil issued a remixed edition of their soundtrack.


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  • jazuki

    Thank you Coil.

    18 Jan 5:35pm Reply
  • Envisaomdoden

    To keep the darkness sealed within...

    12 Jan 6:53pm Reply
  • blackgun76 Ребята, недавно создала группу и буду регулярно выкладывать интересную и хорошую музыку. Хотелось бы найти аудиторию. Превалировать будут такие направления: industrial, psychedelic, neofolk, apocalyptic folk, ambient, post-punk, punk.

    9 Jan 3:02pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    and we swallow each red yew berry, and we swallow each dead you bury

    4 Jan 12:57pm Reply
  • Samurai-Zombie_

    I find this the best music possible to groom cats to.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Arkandast

    Не везде было good конечно, но тем не менее я остался в положительных эмоциях от этой группы. Из всех альбомов ближе ко мне был только этот "The Angelic Conversation". [ну и пару других отдельных треков]

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    but I approve your taste in music, so it's J.Balanced now, I guess.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    cadavreflex, I disapprove your standpoint

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Recueillement

    Fuck Lacuna Coil. Coil is the real deal.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cheladas

    So tired of getting this crap when I look up Lacuna Coil ;(

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono


    11 Dec 2014 Reply

    @getgaining-------> Young Giant Marbles have better cover art. SEE?

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    coil is for real people.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • getgaining

    Has there been a band with better cover art though?

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
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    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    quickly becoming one of my favorite bands

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • crossparallel

    @emptysituation Far from it, actually, seems like high scrobble/listener ratios are the territory of k-pop and j-rock stars (check out SHINee's page) XD Good ole Beatles are not doing too bad either. But considering the length of Coil songs, one can say they also have some pretty obsessive listeners.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cadavreflex

    P O L Y C H O R D S ◖|◔◡◉|◗

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Hati90

    rip peter

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • emptysituation

    probably the highest scrobble to listener ratio i've seen for any artist on which is completely understandable. coil is a force of nature.

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
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