Coil ‎– Horse Rotorvator

Force & Form ‎– ROTA I, K.422 ‎– ROTA I, Force & Form ‎– ROTAI, K.422 ‎– ROTAI
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 The Anal Staircase
A2 Slur
Backing Vocals – Raoul Revere
A3 Babylero
A4 Ostia (The Death Of Pasolini)
Strings – Billy McGee
A5 Herald
A6 Penetralia
B1 Circles Of Mania
Arranged By [Brass Derangements] – Clint Ruin
B2 Blood From The Air
B3 Who By Fire
Backing Vocals – Raoul Revere
B4 The Golden Section
Narrator – Paul Vaughan
B5 The First Five Minutes After Death

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Recorded in London.


Includes letter-pressed (?), cardstock insert (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Side A Label): ROTAIA
  • Other (Side B Label): ROTAIB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): ROTA 1 A WE ALL GET THE GODS WE DESERVE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): ROTA 1 B CHANTS DE MORT MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A Hand-etched, Variant 2): ROTA 1 A 1 WE ALL GET THE GODS WE DESERVE MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B Hand-etched, Variant 2): ROTA 1 B 1 CHANTS DE MORT MPO

Other Versions (5 of 30) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ROTA • CDI Coil Horse Rotorvator(CD, Album, RE) Force & Form ROTA • CDI UK 1988 Sell This Version
K.422 ROTA1 Coil Horse Rotorvator(LP, Album) Force & Form K.422 ROTA1 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
ROTA • CDI Coil Horse Rotorvator(CD, Album, RE) Force & Form ROTA • CDI UK 1988 Sell This Version
ROTA 1 Coil Horse Rotorvator(LP, Album, TP) Force & Form ROTA 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Loci 16 Coil Horse Rotorvator(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Threshold House Loci 16 UK 2001 Sell This Version


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November 19, 2015

Was the insert available with all copies? Mine is the original black vinyl press, but no insert.


October 13, 2014
Don't call me idiot, puppy. I think it will help other ppl for not buying this crap. Well, if you know what is a bootleg and what not, then tell it here. For ppl who are new into Coil, it's not easy to find out what is a legit press and what not. So shut the fuck up. Stop bootleggers!!!!!

And yeah, this Album is very good, like the most output from COIL - R.I.P.


May 7, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
Will idiots please realise that this is supposed to be reviews of the actual music and not how annoyed they are that they stupidly bought a bootleg LP from another idiot. Don't buy them. Buy the original issues, that's why its all listed. I realise it is thoughtful to make people aware of the quality but that's to be expected and all you have to say is don't buy this its shit. Sellers don't care what they sell and complaining about them on here wont do anything.
The album is awesome by the way


May 11, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

In the summer when I was sixteen, I saw Pasolini's Salo (which after 25 years had finally received a certificate from the BBFC here in the UK) in an antiquated arthouse cinema. All I can say is that I went and sat in the dark in this beautiful, old theatre and, waiting for the film to start, I listened to the most incredible baroque-like music infused with an industrial yearning. A sort of perversity skilfully crafted with poetic consideration, I'd never heard anything like it and, sitting through what I can only describe as one of the most intense film experiences of my life, I couldn't help but keep wondering what I'd heard. After the film I found out it was something the projectionist had put on and with the film's detached observation of suffering and death, it was the perfect marriage to such a powerful look at the worst of human capabilities, with both explicitly referencing Dante's Inferno.

On that day Coil became my new favourite band and although I can't say I have an album of theirs I like the most, this is certainly one of their most grabbing works, dark but something a range of folks can listen to unlike some of their other output. Here though, the band demonstrate a true level of talent that many of the artists who work outside the heavily commercialised mainstream music framework sometimes fail to live up to, perhaps because their concepts don't always match their raw technical talent, unlike Coil, who've taken on numerous styles with ground-breaking accomplishment and furnished with lyrics that straddle themes ranging from the deeply personal to the taboo, incorporating mythology and mysticism. Along with other offerings from the pair, like Love's Secret Domain, Musick To Play In The Dark and The Ape Of Naples, this disc shows a genuine ability to be diverse within a single album and taken holistically, a long career, in a way that only Coil seemed able to do. I have such high expectations from the music I continue to search out for to this day, in whatever genre, on account of having discovered this delight.

Since then I saw them play at Hackney's Ocean Club in 2004, in what turned out to be their penultimate public performance, yet as a fan I'm sad that I'll never be able to own a good chunk of their catalogue due to short press runs, limited availability (I've bought my Coil releases from four record stores of which two are no more) and the painfully high prices for anything of theirs you might find online. Why reissues haven't typically been licensed can only be comprehended in terms of playing up to the moneyed collector crowd. Shame, since there are a lot of people who would love to see affordable physical copies of their work. That said, whatever price is paid for this masterpiece, it'd be hard to imagine it being anything but worth it in ways so many LPs aren't. It stands out as the cutting edge of its time and remains a beautiful achievement forever after.


August 20, 2009
Coil's second album was released in five different colours - piss yellow, shit brown, blood red, spunk white/clear, blue - as well as black, and the title was inspired by a dream which jjohn balance (geoff rushton) had, involving a horse's jawbone being used as a plough.

I was the label manager of k422 (of which, force and form was a subsidiary) at the time of it's production and release, and spent a long time ensuring - as per geoff, sleazy and stephen's wishes - the correct shades of vynil were achieved.