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Norway (1997 – 2004, 2011 – present)

In 1997 Andy LaPlegua established the project, “Icon of Coil”, which was primarily a concept built around a logo, graphic design and music. Soon after the inception, the music turned out to be the most important part of the concept and LaPlegua invited Sebastian R. komor, who he had worked with before on the project “Sector 9”, (now called “Moonitor”) in 1996, to work with him on the project as a live member. After just a couple of gigs and the release of IoC’s first single, “Shallow Nation”, Seb became a full-time member.

“Shallow Nation”, released early in 2000, sold out the first thousand copies after only two weeks in the stores, which resulted in a deal with the Norwegian record label Tatra Records. Around that time Tatra Records released the compilation “Sex, Goth & Electronics”, to which IoC contributed an exclusive version of their song “Repeat It”.

Before they started work on their second release IoC did programming for the “Apoptygma Berzerk” track “Starsign”. Soon afterwards, they travelled to Germany, with live member Jon Holm, to support Apoptygma on their “Welcome to Earth tour 2000” at gigs in Frankfurt, Cottbus and Leipzig before going back to Norway to play together at Rockefeller in Oslo.

Audiences seemed to enjoy Icon of Coil’s energetic and melodious sound fused with Andy’s hypnotic voice and the band’s success grew. “One Nation Under Beat” debuted in the top 20 on the DAC-chart (Deutsch Alternative Chart), stayed on the chart for eight weeks and peaked at number three.

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