Coil ‎– Love's Secret Domain

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TORSO RECORDS 33181, TORSO 33181, Torso 33181, 331 Coil Love's Secret Domain(LP, Album) Torso, Torso, Torso, Torso TORSO RECORDS 33181, TORSO 33181, Torso 33181, 331 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
none Coil Love Secret(Cass, Album, Promo, C90) Boudisque none Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
WAXCD 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 181, TORSO CD181 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album) Torso, Torso TORSO CD 181, TORSO CD181 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 181, TORSO CD181 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album) Torso, Torso TORSO CD 181, TORSO CD181 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
WAXCS 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
none Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album, Promo) Not On Label none UK 1991 Sell This Version
WAX 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album, Promo, Dol) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
WAX 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(LP, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
TORSO 33181 Coil Love's Secret Domain(LP, TP, W/Lbl) Torso TORSO 33181 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7143-2, TVT 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7143-2, TVT 7143 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7143 US 1993 Sell This Version
MUSIC 0027 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Limited Edition (5) MUSIC 0027 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
none Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova none Russia 2000 Sell This Version
LOCI CD 17 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, RE, RM) Threshold House LOCI CD 17 UK 2001 Sell This Version
LOCI CD 17 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CDr, Unofficial) M.A.D. Records (4) LOCI CD 17 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
33181 Coil Love's Secret Domain(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Torso (2) 33181 2013 Sell This Version
LOCI CD 17 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Threshold House (2) LOCI CD 17 UK 2015 Sell This Version
GS05052 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, Unofficial, Ltd) Golden Shoe GS05052 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Total Age rec. none Unknown Sell This Version

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enfantterrible

enfantterrible

November 19, 2016
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, WAXCD 7143

Coil's most easily accessible album, yet so exotic and sophisticated, not exactly "accessible" in the sense of logically comprehensible, this is insane as usual with Coil but reserves a technoid element that keeps less abstract and more organic, more close to body music. In a way i see this as the summary from 90's in the peculiar way only Coil could imagine it, the envisioned prelude of an era. This is what Psychic TV was trying to do by emulating psychodelic trance, only he never achieved the profundity or twisted form this album has, his thing was merely entertainment, this a manifesto. The young spirit of a renewed electronica era is present here. Techno, along with breakbeats, hip-hop, glitch, psy-trance and industrial gather together in bathed colored cream of pure sonic speculation.

Whatever these guys were deep into, left hand path, sexual experiments, aural magic, ritualization and altering conscience through substances they certainly went far away, perhaps too far, after all there are places you should be careful to step in, not knowing what or how to manage the way it will affect your spirit. But, the music is certainly the redeeming point in their bet. They captured something, very intriguing and strange. Love secret´s domain is aural poetry, ambiguous and ethereal, a catch in between dimensions unknown.

The album has all the palette of moods and color sounds you can imagine, psychodelic electronics permeated by an aura of mystery and darkness, tingly colored electronica, and the most strange sequences you can imagine in layer after layer of altered sounds. At times euphoric, like in "Teenage lightning", at times demented "Things happen", at times meditative "Where even the darkness is something to see", ritualistic like "Windowpane" or profoundly trance inducing like "Further back and faster", inmensely insane as "chaostrophy" (the trendy magic bypass from the 90s in which many lost more than their heads) and melancholic like "Dark river".

This album is pure blasphemy, an agnostic path of spiritual tour de force, very exquisite electronica for true coinosseurs. It has aged well, even though it is almost 30 years old, it speaks volumes of its quality. Finally, the video made to celebrate album´s title will certainly shock many, i think it pretty well represents the spirit of the whole album, dyonisiac music, the torment for knowledge engenders true monsters, glad we had Coil who left some testimony about the beauty of this monstrosity.
blondy23

blondy23

September 22, 2016
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, WAXCD 7143

Maybe the finest pressing of all the releases (vinyl or otherwise). Transcendental music. 10/10. If you are looking for a copy, look here.
cwmbran-city

cwmbran-city

June 18, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Love's Secret Domain, LP, Album, TORSO RECORDS 33181, TORSO 33181, Torso 33181, 331

A definitive album in the evolution of modern electronica. Coil is an appropriate term to define the twisted swirls & layers of samples for the ears to unpick and the feet to take the occasional shuffle to, but this album's subversive charm is locked into your subconscious by the array of rhythms, alloying the aural madness into something truly transcendental. There are interviews with Balance speaking of this period in British electronic music culture where he admitted to certain dance/music/drug experiences that not only cured his fear of death, but reinstated his faith in humanity. On this album you get close to understanding these semi-mystical experiences. Tracks like The Snow are tranced out hypno-house groovers, while Where Even the Darkness is a reinvention of didgeri-wtf where multiple listens serve to deepen the disturbing vocal utterances of what might be curses, blessings or who knows what. Further Back and Faster, Titan Arch & Chaostrophy complete the embedded and folded-in nuances of what could (in an ideal world) be counted as the Sergeant Pepper of contemporary Electronica. Nuff said.

The book England's Secret Domain, on the esoteric underground, suggests some folks dislike tracks on this release for their dance music pretensions. All i can say is thank the gods for the diversity of sounds here. The untimely and premature demise of Coil only goes to underline the strength of their output & Love's Secret Domain illustrates one of Britain's greatest sound exploring acts hitting 1 of their many creative peaks. Dont worry about a map here, your journey is guided by its own symbols & ciphers and all the better for it.
An album no-one else could have made/10
OCCIDENTAL

OCCIDENTAL

September 7, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Love's Secret Domain, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, 33181
It's unfortunate that this sounds like shi*.

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If you happen to be into boots... It wouldn't be difficult to produce a good vinyl from the cd releases. There's even a remastered cd option, and you could do a 2x12" with all the tracks. It'd be rad and potentially better than the original pressing.
puppyrevenge-2009

puppyrevenge-2009

May 7, 2014
referencing Love's Secret Domain, LP, Album, TORSO RECORDS 33181, TORSO 33181, Torso 33181, 331
For what its worth, and i have heard all their catalogue, this is one of my faves, for me they didnt care and bought out an LP that had everything from electronic dance to marc almond songs. They tried something a little bit different and i feel it started a new chapter in the evolution of Coil.I love every minute of it and still get that wonderful feeling of uneasiness from listening to it. Brilliant. Also,love Music to play in the dark1&2 - Horse Rotavator - Pretty much anything they did
pyenapple

pyenapple

June 18, 2012
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, MUSIC 0027

Crap bootleg; don't buy one. One glance at their treatment of the original cover art with new clunky typography and slapped-on "limited edition" faux seal should tell you all you need to know about the bootleggers' commitment to seeing through Coil's artistic excellence. Bleah. Wait for a proper copy of the original, which is genius.
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, RE, TVT 7143-2, TVT 7143
this isn't coil's best album and the idea that it is is an extrapolation of legend, based upon historical events that have been blown out of proportion. the truth is that there is a specific pressing of this album that is difficult to find and has value to collectors due to the label it was released upon; this is what has fuelled the legends about it being a classic record. if it's so hard to find, it must be great, right?

well, the record itself has never been hard to find; it's only that specific pressing, remember? in fact, i have two copies of the record. i was given both by lucky people that had found the rare pressing.

the rare pressing was the wax trax! version of the record. see, wax trax! was bought out by tvt around the same time that the first pressing of the record happened. all subsequent pressings were manufactured by tvt. wax trax! was the cool, underground, industrial label. tvt was a bunch of suits from new york. hence, the obvious appeal of the wax trax! version.

as for the record itself, it's an interesting pastiche of druid pop music, instrumental hip-hop, melodic idm, caribbean music, australian music and several other diverse and seemingly unintuitively complimentary ingredients. the result is a record that is extremely interesting from start to finish and is as a result enjoyable to listen to from start to finish. however, the record doesn't really hit any climaxes. sure, it tries. take dark river, for instance. if the track is supposed to sound like a music box floating through space like an asteroid, it accomplishes it's goal. however, it does so with a 20 second loop over six and a half minutes. i can't accept that as a climax. further back and faster tries next, but what is this? number 5 jamming with some australians in the outback, with a voice over by who? timothy leary? don't misunderstand me, it's a pretty cool eight minutes; didgeridoos and talking robots sound kind of cool together. but, a climax? chaostrophy almost pulls it off in a fuzzy electronic haze of ethnic chamber music, but it doesn't sound like a climax of the record so much as it sounds like a climax of itself. finally, there's the title track - an electronic pop tune with a jerry lee lewis swagger, a mccartney flair and a renaissance tonality and that manages to "borrow" from both william blake and roy orbison. climax? it's a pop song.

so, in it's attempt to cover a large swathe of territory the record became highly disjointed and even somewhat erratic. while certainly enjoyable, it just doesn't exist as an entity and it just doesn't have defined peaks. if you like any abstraction at all in your electronic music, you should definitely check this out but you should do so under the understanding that it's a collection of substantially dissimilar songs and not a cohesive record.
hivehead

hivehead

May 17, 2009
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, WAXCD 7143

This is a legendary lost gem of the 90's. Coil influenced Autechre, Boards of Canada, & many other prominent electronic artists with this masterpiece of an album. Give Coil a good dose of ecstasy, DMT, speed, lsd/magic mushrooms, & you get Love's Secret Domain. If you're looking for a super innovative, highly influential electronic album look no further. This was before the whole Protools revolution & many of the loops on this album were cut from the actual sound reels & re-taped by hand. Key tracks include: Windowpane, The Snow, Further Back & Faster, Chaostrophy, & Even Where The Darkness Is Something To See.
RadarBlue

RadarBlue

March 12, 2006
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, TORSO CD 181, TORSO CD181
An advanced sound .The ground level of love and hate. Totally brilliant recording.
Min-Ra

Min-Ra

July 3, 2003
referencing Love's Secret Domain, CD, Album, RE, TVT 7143-2, TVT 7143
1993: techno was beginning to grow cliched and crusty already. Love's Secret Domain came flying in from left field and knocked a lot of us upside the head. It wasn't techno or rock or post-punk, house, experimental or industrial. A little of each, certainly but most of all it is a concept album. A personal oeuvre of some young bright minds saying "here's how we percieve existence". The tension of hyperawareness runs through each of these pieces like a painful throbbing wound.
Disco hospital starts with some cut-up to raise the shackles of the listener and blast away preconcieved notions. Teenage lightning is a wistful glance back to the intense and unforgettable moments of first love. Things happen brings us past the glow of youth into the late-twenties, with a fantastically run-down female vocalist who sounds like an east european Dorian Gray. Then comes the snow: voices of the dead singing at the living across the frozen wasteland of time. Dark River is a contemplative demo that might be filler, but it provides some needed emotional breathing room before track 6, which is possibly the best use of digeridoo in any piece i've heard (before it became overused). Also the dub-like bass kick on 06 is a great speaker test. Teenage lightning 2 is an even more keening bossa nova revierie on lost youth. Windowpane is a bit of an electro-dub throwback to Throbbing-Gristle/Psychic_TV. Further Back and Faster has to be one of trippiest damn tracks ever - a unique combination of dub rhythm and acid synth textures - play it LOUD! Titan arch takes us into gothy This Mortal Coil-esque trance. Chaostrophy is a fantastic piece of heavy drug schizophrenia - shades of 'Revolution Number Nine'. Lorca Not Orca is our third melancholy encounter with Teenage Lightning. The album finishes strong with a quavering shakespearian spin on William Blake's "the Sick Rose". Anyone into Industrial, Goth or Darkwave or just plain creative electronica needs to hear (and buy!) this truly seminal CD.