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Coil were an experimental music group, founded in 1982 in London,
England and concluded in 2005. Initially envisioned as a solo project
by musician John Balance (of the band Psychic TV), Coil evolved into 
a full-time project with the addition of his partner Peter Christopherson
(formerly of pioneering industrial music group Throbbing Gristle).
Balance and Christopherson were the only constant members; other
contributors throughout the band's career included Stephen Thrower,
Danny Hyde, Drew McDowall, William Breeze, Thighpaulsandra, and Ossian Brown.
Coil's work explored themes related to alchemy, the occult, and sexuality,
influencing genres such as goth rock, neofolk, and dark ambient.
AllMusic called the group "one of the most beloved, mythologized groups to
emerge from the British post-industrial scene."
After the release of their 1984 debut EP How to Destroy Angels, Coil joined
Some Bizzare Records, through which they released two full-length albums,
Scatology (1984) and Horse Rotorvator (1986). After departing from Some Bizzare,
Coil had established their own record label, Threshold House, through which they
produced and released Love's Secret Domain (1991). Financial difficulties slowed
the group's work in the early 1990s before they returned to the project on
releases such as Astral Disaster (1999), and the Musick to Play in the Dark series
composed of Vol. 1 (1999) and Vol. 2 (2000), as well as releasing several projects
under aliases such as Black Light District, ELpH, and Time Machines.
The group started several smaller independent record labels, including Eskaton
and Chalice. In 1985, the group began working on a series of soundtracks,
among them the rejected score for the first Hellraiser. The group's first live
performance in 16 years occurred in 1999, and began a series of mini-tours that
would last until 2004.Following the accidental death of John Balance
on 13 November 2004, Christopherson announced via that Coil as an entity had ceased
to exist, ending the Coil discography with The Ape of Naples (2005).

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