Formed in London in 1983 by John Balance as a solo side project to Psychic TV, Coil developed into a full-scale musical group in 1984, when Balance cemented a partnership with Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. Christopherson had been a founder of Psychic TV and member of Throbbing Gristle. For over twenty years Coil would be at the forefront of European experimentalism and electronic music.
John Balance (1962–2004) died tragically in an accident at his home on November 13th, 2004.
Peter Christopherson decided that, with the passing of John Balance, Coil would not continue.
Peter Martin Christopherson died 24 November 2010 (aged 55).


Coil Discography Tracks


Coil Scatology (Album) Force & Form, K.422 UK 1984 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign - The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign (Album, Comp) Not On Label Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
Zos Kia / Coil Zos Kia / Coil - Transparent (Album) Nekrophile Rekords Austria 1984 Sell This Version
Coil Horse Rotorvator (Album) Force & Form, K.422, Force & Form, K.422 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Coil Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders) (Album, Comp) Threshold House UK 1987 Sell This Version
none Coil The Side Effects Of Life(Cass, S/Sided, Promo) Threshold House none UK 1989 Sell This Version
Coil Love's Secret Domain (Album) Torso, Torso US 1991 Sell This Version
Coil How To Destroy Angels (Remixes And Re-Recordings) (Album) Threshold House UK 1992 Sell This Version
Coil Stolen And Contaminated Songs (Album) Threshold House UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Coil Backwards(Cass, S/Sided, Promo, Smplr, Adv) Not On Label none UK 1993 Sell This Version
Coil The Angelic Conversation (Album) Threshold House UK 1994 Sell This Version
ELpH vs. Coil ELpH vs. Coil - Worship The Glitch (Album) Eskaton UK 1995 Sell This Version
Coil Presents Black Light District Coil Presents Black Light District - A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (Album) Eskaton UK 1996 Sell This Version
Coil Musick To Play In The Dark (Album) Chalice UK 1999 Sell This Version
Coil Astral Disaster (Album) Prescription (UK) UK 1999 Sell This Version
Coil Musick To Play In The Dark² (Album) Chalice UK 2000 Sell This Version
ESKATON 024 CD, eskaton cd24 Coil Presents Time Machines Coil Presents Time Machines - Coil Presents Time Machines(CD) Eskaton, Eskaton ESKATON 024 CD, eskaton cd24 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Coil Queens Of The Circulating Library (Album) Eskaton UK 2000 Sell This Version
Coil Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil (Album) Eskaton UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Coil Live in NYC August 18, 2001(CDr + VHS) Mute Elation none US 2001 Sell This Version
FL 3183-2 Coil Пособие Для Кончающих: Волос Злата(CD, Comp, Ltd) Feelee FL 3183-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
Coil The Remote Viewer (Album) Threshold House UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Coil Megalithomania!(CDr, Album, Ltd) Threshold House none UK 2003 Sell This Version
ESKATON 034 Coil ANS(CD, Ltd) Eskaton ESKATON 034 UK 2003 Sell This Version
LOCI CD18, loci cd18, loci cd 18 Coil Live One(2xCD, Album) Threshold House, Threshold House, Threshold House LOCI CD18, loci cd18, loci cd 18 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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March 3, 2017
edited 10 months ago
Using the least, deconstructing the most, and conveying ALL.

Coil forever!


October 22, 2016
Among Britain's best ever sound explorers. Fact. Genres? Only one = Coil.


August 29, 2016
Be it industrial, ambient, ritual, drone, electronic, experimental: the whole post-industrial scene is but a series of footnotes to COIL.


February 21, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
Usually there are situations when I think "This artist should be cool enough to be in my favorites" and after thorough listening of his discography I realize that there were only a couple of good songs that made me want to check the artist. Suddenly Coil became very rare exception from this rule. Knowing their past and knowing some of the old PTV songs I thought there would be the same industrial, strange sound constructions, noizes, and psychedelic voices. But I was totally wrong and they are much better than I expected.

The first song I heard recently was Tainted Love, which was included as a classic track into one of the episodes of Radio Dogma, the podcast hosted by The Black Dog. Something in it hooked me, it was the dark mood and the perfect combination of voice and sound. For now I checked the main albums and I can say that these guys were absolutely good composers. The first two discs could be named "industrial" in some way but there's plenty of amazing dark ambient and more experimental stuff later, the music and the usage of voices became better and better. I also like how the used unusual instruments like didgeridoo. And the best thing was that these guys were always trying to create something new, they were full of ideas. Really enjoyed "Musick To Play In The Dark", we hear the perfect example of voice utilization in "Are You Shivering?", then we fly into something that reminded me of old Tangerine Dream, then something new again, you name it. Highly recommended to all electronic music fans.


October 13, 2015
guess its happening

anybody knows more? are they limited? vinyls coming too? etc


April 8, 2015
BEWARE of an eBay seller named spuppy2491
Has been selling FAKE Coil signatures for years now
Usually they're quite obvious forgeries. But recently he's listed some records on which they appear more believable - though on closer inspection he's just got better at faking them.


May 8, 2014
goddamn it someone reissue these records, i'm not paying $100+ for the ape of naples


September 27, 2013
These two individuals embody everything true artists are about. They allow you into their world and force you to empathize with them and experience the emotions that went into creating some of the masterpieces they produced. Their passing marks the end of an era for me, but hopefully some of the music that was tucked away will see the light of day. One of my all-time favorite artists.


August 14, 2013
Bootlegs of COIL are flourishing in London's second hand record shops under label such as K.422 (2) Force and Form (2) Torso (2)


March 16, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
I like cosmic jokes,multiple truths, philosophical constructs and Coil.

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