Coil – A Guide For Beginners – The Voice Of Silver / A Guide For Finishers – A Hair Of Gold (Album – Cold Spring)

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Genre/Influences: Industrial, Experimental, Cinematographic, Ambient.

Format: Digital, 2 CD.

Background/Info: Cold Spring brings us a re-release of this Coil-compilation, originally released in 2001 on Feelee. This is a Russian label and the compilation was meant to mark Coil’s first live performance in Moscow (Russia). This is an opportunity to get back to the creative spirit of Avant-Garde artists John Balance and Peter Christopherson who unfortunately died much too young.

Content: The first disc is mainly driven by great atmospheres, creating an ominous sensation, which became one of Coil’s trademarks. From pure Cinematographic passages to Experimental music, the work brings us back to essential songs such as “At The Heart Of It All” from the legendary “Scatology”-album to “Are You Shivering”, “Where Are You” and “The dreamer Is Still Asleep”.

The second disc moves on with more sonic anthems like the unforgettable “Panic”, “Solar Lodge” and “The Anal Staircase” –bringing us back to one of early 12” from the band. This second disc sounds a bit harder and definitely more Industrial, but is still revealing a visionary style. I here refer to the somewhat Technoid-driven “A.Y.O.R.”.

+ + + : This compilation available in a 8-panel glossy digipak is more than simply an opportunity to get back to the genius of this band. Coil remains a very unique sound experience, a band you can’t totally label, but that has been for sure a reference. They mixed Industrial together with Experimental, Ambient, Neo-Classic and even Trance. This album is a sonic journey throughout some of their most prominent albums. I remain a huge lover of “Scatology”, which I consider as one of the Industrial-cult albums in history. But I also have to mention other works such as “Horse Rotorvator” and “Musick To Play In the Dark“. Coil was not just visionary; it was an intelligent and eclectic project, creating disturbing atmospheres like no other.

– – – : Even a double disc can’t totally cover the impressive discography of Coil so in the end there are always songs missing.

Conclusion: This work can be seen and considered as the sonic legacy of the brilliant Coil.

Best songs: “At The Heart Of It All”, “Panic, “Solar Lodge”, “The Anal Staircse”, “Are You Shivering?”, “The Dreamer Is Still Asleep”, “Further Back And Faster”.

Rate: (9).


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