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A THOUSAND LIGHTS IN A DARKENED ROOM (RELEASED UNDER THE NAME BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT)

Coil

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Unprepared Piano (1:44)
2. Red Skeletons (7:34)
3. Die Wölfe Kommen Zurück (10:26)
4. Refusal Of Leave To Land (7:29)
5. Stoned Circular I (4:30)
6. Stoned Circular II (6:45)
7. Green Water (5:28)
8. Cold Dream Of An Earth Star (9:01)
9. Blue Rats (3:10)
10. Scratches And Dust (0:55)
11. Chalice (8:15)

Total Time 1:05:17

Line-up / Musicians


-John Balance
-Peter Christopherson
-Drew McDowall

Releases information

A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room is the only release by the group Black Light District. Although this is not an official Coil release, "Black Light District" was merely an alias for the group. The alias is one of a few assumed by them in the mid-nineties for putting out drone based music.

The vinyl version is limited to a pressing of 2,000 numbered copies. However, there are duplicate numbers and three colors: blue, white, and clear.

The vinyl is etched as follows:
Side A: POP CONCRETE
Side B: THE LAST SPHINX IN LONDON
Side C: THERE'LL BE BLUE RATS OVER...
Side D: THE WHITE GLYPHS OF DOVER

The name "Black Light District" is a name of a song by Boyd Rice on the compilation cassette Bethel.

The CD has a catalogue number of ESKATON 008 and the vinyl set has a catalogue number of Eskaton 009.

The CD version of this album is currently available in mp3 and aac formats at Coil's official website, Thresholdhouse.com.

(from WIKIPEDIA)

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COIL A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (released under the name Black Light District) ratings distribution


2.50
(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
43%
Good, but non-essential (14%)
14%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
14%
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Review by Dobermensch
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2 stars I don't know why they bothered dropping the 'Coil' moniker for this album. It sounds just like...Coil. And looking at the sleeve notes reveals that it is the full Coil lineup.

Amusingly this was recorded at 'Slut's hole' in London. Where in the name of God do they get these names? The cool sleeve was created by Mr 'Nurse With Wound' Steve Stapleton - a long term collaborator of these recidivists.

This kicks off with some discordant stabs of piano reminiscent of John Cage - tuneless - but nice enough. There's plenty of mutated electronic deviousness going on from beginning to end, but on the whole it seems a bit disjointed and patchy. 'Red Skeletons' is chock full of digital bleeps and chopped up tapped telephone recordings. 'A Thousand Lights...' is a bit minimal for a Coil release. It's very experimental but not all that engaging if truth be told.

'Die Wölfe Kommen Zurück' is a slowly evolving, vocal free and somewhat dreary dronefest with repetitive but unusual percussion. I just don't get this album - it doesn't sit right at all in their discography, which is probably why it's categorised under the name 'Black Light District'.

You'd really have to be in a particular frame of mind to listen to this from beginning to end. I'm finding it really irritating at the moment. It's all so staccato. 'Green Water' has wobbly twangy bass with bird song and undulating sequencers at the fore. This is far better than what's gone before but is all over too soon. A multitude of reversed electronic sounds make up the 9 min 'Cold Dream Of An Earth Star'. It's icy cold and emotionless and quite frankly instantly forgettable.

The unforgettable follows with the fantastic 'Blue Rats' - a throbbing electronic sleaze bag of sound with John Balance sounding like a demon rodent from hell, amongst, for once, a tune you can hold on to.

It's back to the forgettable with the finale 'Chalice'. Here samples of religious Christian music is interspersed with odd chugging and slashing electronic beats, but it's of no real interest to any other than Coil die hards.

A strangely disappointing album that promises so much when listened to randomly one track at a time. It suffers from a stilted one dimensional approach that wears off after 15 minutes. Only the superb but simplistic creepiness of 'Blue Rats' saves this mediocre album

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