->''"COIL know how to destroy Angels. How to paralyse. Imagine the world in a bottle. We take the bottle, smash it, and open your throat with it. I warn you we are Murderous. We massacre the logical revolts. We know everything! We know one thing only. Absolute existence, absolute motion, absolute direction, absolute Truth. NOW, HERE, US."''
--> '''The Coil Manifesto''', "The Price Of Existence Is Eternal Warfare"

From former Psychic TV member Geoff Rushton, aka Jhonn (spelling varies) Balance and its founder Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson (also a former member of Music/ThrobbingGristle and the art studio Creator/{{Hipgnosis}}) came the [[AvantGardeMusic experimental]] band Coil. Formed in 1982, and disbanded in 2004, following Rushton's untimely death. Masters of the {{industrial}} genre, Coil went on to define (and re-define) several aspects of the genre over their career. Christopherson was involved in creating one of the first samplers, which ended up being used extensively on their 1991 album ''Love's Secret Domain.'' Coil came to mainstream prominence through their remixes of Music/NineInchNails songs in the mid-'90s. Their debut single "How to Destroy Angels" later became the title of NIN frontman Trent Reznor's [[Music/HowToDestroyAngels second band]] (which Christopherson approved the use of.) Coil's influence is felt across the world of electronic and experimental music, from Music/{{Autechre}} to Music/SonicYouth.

Not to be confused to those other bands who use the word "Coil" in the band names (and [[Music/ThisMortalCoil there are]] [[Music/LacunaCoil a lot]] of them).

!! Selected Discography:
* ''Scatology'' (1984)
* ''Horse Rotorvator'' (1986)
* ''Love's Secret Domain'' (1991)
* ''Astral Disaster'' (1999)
* ''Musick to Play in the Dark'' (1999)
* ''Queens of the Circulating Library'' (2000)
* ''Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil'' (2000)
* ''Musick to Play in the Dark 2'' (2000)
* ''Moon's Milk (in four phases)'' (2002)
* ''The Remote Viewer'' (2002)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Golden Hare with a Voice of Silver]]'' (2002)
* ''ANS'' (2004)
* ''Black Antlers'' (2004)
* ''The Ape of Naples'' (2005)
* ''The New Backwards'' (2008)
* ''Backwards'' (2015)

!! Tropes present in this band's works:

* ArcWords: "Stevø, Pay Us What You Owe Us!" and, more depressingly, "It just is."
* ArtisticStimulation: Coil regularly experimented with drugs and created music inspired by (and under the influence of) their effects:
** The album ''Love's Secret Domain'' contained the singles "The Snow" (cocaine) and "Windowpane" (LSD).
** Their drone music album ''Time Machines'' contained four pieces designed to "induce time travel" with each of the four drugs they were based on: Telepathine, DOET / Hecate, [=5-MeO-DMT=], and Psylocybin. The band claimed they vigorously tested each track for maximum potency.
* AstralProjection / MentalTimeTravel: The goal of the ''Time Machines'' album was to create music that, when listened to while tripping on the drugs each song is named for, would induce this.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: John could really scream if he needed to.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Coil's cover of "Tainted Love" made it an HIV / AIDS anthem.
* CreepyMonotone: Jhonn had a knack for expressive vocals, but that doesn't mean he forgot how to go flat (and still convey any one of several moods behind such).
* DroneOfDread: Much of their material could qualify, but ''Time Machines'' and ''Musick to Play in the Dark'' stand out as being particularly unsettling.
* DrunkenSong: "Heartworms:"
--> "There's too much blood in my alcohol..."
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: To the point that Coil formed a group called [=ELpH=] that consisted entirely of all the accidental sounds their equipment made.
* FunWithAcronyms: ''Love's Secret Domain'' and the remix of "The Snow" called "Answers Come in Dreams."
* LighterAndSofter: The chugging, muddy industrial rhythms of their early albums eventually gave way to dark ambient soundscapes, which were no less frightening.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: While Coil had released limited edition pressings in the past, this practice really took off in the late '90s. The limited editions could contain one-off paintings, art objects, and artifacts or, in the case of ''Musick to Play in the Dark 2,'' plain white vinyl sleeves ''smeared with John's blood.''
* LongTitle: Many examples, including "Red Birds Will Fly Out of the East and Destroy Paris in a Night", taken from a prophecy by Nostradamus, and all the songs on ''Time Machines'', which are the ''full chemical names'' for the substances the listener is supposed to trip on while listening to the album.
* NothingIsScarier: Several of their later works seemed to observe this fact.
* OffTheWagon: John periodically had problems with alcohol addiction. The 1998 compilation ''Foxtrot'' was released to pay for his rehab. His death was caused by falling off a balcony in a drunken stupor.
* PopStarComposer: Creator/CliveBarker originally wanted them to compose the music for ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}.'' They obliged, but their score was rejected.
** Their compilation ''Unnatural History III'' contains a 12 minute track of some of the advertising jingles they created in their early years.
* RearrangeTheSong: Many early songs were entirely re-worked for later live performances, as showcased on their four live albums released in 2003.
** An entire album's worth of material was recorded in the early '90s under the title of ''Backwards.'' The album was originally going to be released on Music/NineInchNails' record label ''Nothing,'' but was ultimately shelved for a decade. Re-recorded and re-worked versions appeared on ''The Ape of Naples,'' and then later as a fully developed stand alone release titled ''The New Backwards.'' Seven years later, the original material saw release, courtesy of a surviving member of personnel.
** For a reasonably good summary of Coil's career, check out the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-yQIo_t9CI original version of "Teenage Lightning"]] from 1991's ''Love's Secret Domain,'' then the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jbzrAocDnE 10th Birthday Version]] from 2004's ''Black Antlers.''
* RitualMagic: Coil were practicers. Their first single "How to Destroy Angels" came with the subtitle: "Ritual music for the accumulation of male sexual energy." Live performances incorporated wands and scrying mirrors, amongst other objects.
* WeAllDieSomeday: Human Mortality is a recurring theme in their works, such as "Amethyst Deceivers:"
--> Pay your respect to the vultures\\
For they are your future