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Primarily consisting of vocalist/musician John Balance and programmer/visual artist Peter Christopherson along with other members and contributors, Coil were one of the most beloved, mythologized groups to emerge from the British post-industrial scene. Established as an offshoot of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV in 1982, the band made uncompromising, often unspeakably beautiful music that explored themes related to alchemy, dreams, the occult, drugs, and sexuality. The apocalyptic Horse Rotorvator (1986) is often regarded as Coil's masterwork, and one of the best albums of the 1980s. The group flirted with acid house on Love's Secret Domain (1991) before embarking on side projects. Subsequent releases alternated between lyrical and more experimental recordings. Following Balance's death in 2004, Coil officially ceased to exist, with The Ape of Naples (2005) their final album. Numerous additional posthumous releases and reissues have surfaced since Christopherson's death in 2010.

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