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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hellraiser (2:45)
2. Box Theme (3:00)
3. Main Title (3:12)
4. Airline 1 (0:53)
5. Liquieur (0:56)
6. Perfume (0:40)
7. Video Recorder (0:39)
8. Airline 2 (1:01)
9. Natural Gas (1:02)
10. Cosmetic 1 (0:20)
11. Cosmetic 2 (0.22)
12. Analgesic (1:38)
13. Road Surface (1:50)
14. Accident Insurance (2:07)

Total Time 20:25

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Review by Dobermensch
3 stars Recorded in 1986 for Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser' film, this EP failed to get past the film company directors on the assumption that it was too distressing for a mainstream audience. In the end they opted for the usual run of the mill orchestral score which did little to enhance the film. Sadly Coil were shot down in flames ending their only chance at making it big.

Sporting one of the best sleeves of all time with an angel/skull - life/death painting, these tracks are of good quality which would have added enormously to a sadly dated and cheesy movie. Of particular note is 'Box Theme' which has a super scary music box played amidst an almost John Carpenter 'Halloween' type score. It's music from the graveyard where grisly maggot ridden hands claw their way from beneath the earth.

Alternating between sleazy horror with the use of strings, queasy synths and the odd military timpani drum it paints a picture of post nuclear doom. Occasional throbbing, repetitive bass lines add a portent of impending disaster. Stabbing treated piano only adds to the overall malaise. Despite it's paltry 20 minute running time, it hits all the right buttons. It's therefore something of a travesty that it was rejected from the outset. A sad loss, but a small gem within the Coil catalogue.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Coil's infamously rejected dark ambient soundtrack work for Hellraiser has been released in various forms over the years - first as a highly abbreviated EP, then with further bonus material from other soundtrack jobs added, then as tracks on the Unnatural History series of compilations.

The best release of the material so far is the 2015 one - reverting to the title The Consequences of Raising Hell (a subtitle used for some earlier releases of The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser), it includes the 9 surviving Hellraiser tracks, a series of short pieces produced for commercials to pay the bills, and a clutch of untitled tracks which represent early instrumental working versions of pieces that ended up on Gold Is the Metal.

On the whole, it's as good a collection of Coil's mid-1980s soundtrack and similar instrumental work as we're likely to get. A little reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails' soundtrack to Quake in places, the Hellraiser material is just as spooky as the movie demanded; meanwhile, the remaining tracks explore other moods, with the advertising jingles offering a sort of interval before the more disquieting material creeps in on the concluding untitled tracks.

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