Coil "Time Machines" Eskaton 010 distributed via World Serpent 1998 (73:32)

7-Methoxy-B-Carboline (Telepathine) (23:10)
2,5-Dimethoxy-4-Ethyl-Amphetamine (DOET/Hecate) (13:28)
5-Methoxy-N, N-Demethyl (5-Meo-DMT) (10:02)
4-Indolol,3-[2-(Dimethylamino)Ethyl], Phosphate Ester (Psilocybin) (26:51)

Coil is Jhon Balance (their spelling, not mine), Drew McDowall and Peter Christopherson.

Overall impression: excellent. The line on the back of the cardboard two-fold sleeve probably says it best: "4 tones to facilitate travel through time." The four track names are all chemical names for hallucinogens. The music is drone-based, deep ... very deep ... sub-bass drones that somehow seem to entangle with your very thoughts and emotions as they carry you. I listened to this disc twice with headphones while at work earlier this evening, and although I didn't travel through time, feel like I was traveling through time or achieve an instantaneous erection ... it did give me a strange emotional sensation. I really can't explain it .. the drones maintain a similarity throughout each track, but they shift and become altered without you really realizing what's taking place. They remain what I would call "beautiful" drones, they never become too distorted or resonant ... very haunting yet affirming and all consuming. This disc is another welcome tool, alongside the likes of Aphex Twin's "Selected Ambient Works II", Dead Voices on Air, Propeller, and of course, many Brian Eno and Coil discs, in my collection of ambient and/or ambient/drone works. I sometimes think that JB and PC have come across some greater plane of knowledge that allows them to subliminally communicate with your psyche through sound ... their work is remarkable. Also, be sure to check out the latest single, "Spring Equinox:  Moon's Milk or Under an Unquiet Skull".

note - I have not, nor do I intend to use the above disc in conjuction with hallucinogens. I'll leave that to you ...

Coil at Brainwashed

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