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  • Audio CD (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Threshold House
  • ASIN: B000006XPD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Last Rites of Spring
2. Paradisiac
3. Thump
4. For Us They Will
5. The Broken Wheel
6. Boy in a Suitcase
7. Golden Hole
8. Cardinal Points
9. Red Slur
10. ...of Free Enterprise
11. Aqua Regalia
12. Metal in the Head
13. Either His, or Yours
14. Chickenskin
15. Soundtrap
16. Hellraiser
17. The Wheel (Balance/Christopherson)
18. The First Five Minutes After Violent Death

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Catalogue number Loci CD 11 on the Threshold House label with the following tracks: 1> The Last Rites Of Spring [1:59], 2> Paradisiac [2:29], 3> Thump [3:19], 4> For Us They Will [4:51], 5> The Broken Wheel [4:38], 6> Boy In A Suitcase [1:14], 7> Golden Hole [2:39], 8> Cardinal Points [4:21], 9> Red Slur [3:10], 10> ...Of Free Enterprise [1:24], 11> Aqua Regalia [1:31], 12> Metal In The Head [2:09], 13> Either His, Or Yours [2:56], 14> Chickenskin [2:47], 15> Soundtrap [0:40], 16> Hellraiser [5:02], 17> The Wheal [3:16], 18> The First Five Minutes After Violent Death [2:43].

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy on 1 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Possibly my most favourite Coil album. This album is supposedly a collection of extra's, left over's and alternative mixes from the 'Horse Rotorvator' sessions - however, pieced together it is one of the most interesting releases of the genre (in my opinion). Some of the technology the boys were using at the time (early to mid 80's) was quite primitive (fairlights, crap drums machines etc), but what they made with what they had was simply excellent. My favourite tracks are 'Cardinal Points', a beautiful, sweeping orchestral piece, arranged by Billy McGee who worked with Marc Almond a lot; 'Red Slur' (an alternative version appeared on Horse Rotorvator) with its slightly reggae-ish beat; and 'Metal In The Head', with its hillarious boxing chat - buy it only for that....v funny indeed. Overall a great album and one of Coil's finest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine example of early Coil.Darker than the later dance-orientated work, a soundscape with some fairly evil intentions. The standout tracks are Boy in a suitcase and the first five minutes after violent death. An ambient album in many ways, impressive but not pleasant.
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Gold is the Metal WITH THE BROADEST SHOULDERS 20 Oct. 2006
By G. Hays - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
... Is the true title of this masterpiece. Coil, John Balance & Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. Sleazy cut his chops as the unlikely quartet, Throbbing Gristle. This lovely little release represents Coil items from the "cutting room floor" so to speak. Technically it is stunning. Mostly instrumental, but with a few sung songs such as the lovely little ditty "Boy in a suitcase". Any song that ends with "get off me you fag, NO!" hits a soft spot in any old pederast's heart. I first purchased this disc at Rhino Records in Clairmont Ca. in 1987. But unfortunately during a heroin run a few years later I sold it for pennies on the dollar to support my habit. I regretted that choice for years as it became very hard to find again. Fortunately it was re-released in 96. The music on this disc continues Coil's Gothic Industrial Sound as was found on their "Horse Rotovator and Scatology" albums. Electronics, Noise, and well sampled orchestrial insturments combine into a Grand Classical Sound that would have made Wagner proud. This musical offering makes me pround to be a sodomite. This disc at high volume is also pretty good at removing unwanted house guests(But I would recommend something by NON or WHitehouse for that purpose). I am an "old skool" fan of Industrial Musics. I consider TG, Coil, Current 93, & Nurse With Wound to be the founding members of this genre. Coil is one of the pillars that represents the start of this movement, and Gold is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders is one of their best works.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Orchestrated Beyond Known Boundaries 16 Mar. 2002
By "zornketahl" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of all the Coil CDs so aristicly cocieved and constructed, this one just scratches me where I itch. It is so many things and none. It is ethereal, dark, raw, complex, simple, evolving, dilluded, and imaginative all at once. These are more than songs, they are soundscapes which can lead you so effortlessly, mold and shape what you hear/feel, and bring you full circle. Coil are simply music geniuses whose sound always stays fresh throughout several generations. "Thump" is quite beautiful in taking sounds from a Thai boxing ring and overlapping them with a rhythmic synthesized verse/beat. "For Us They Will" is exquisitely dark - very ominous lyrics, and oppresively, unpredictable echoing beats. "The Broken Wheel" is my favorite here, because it starts out with a very unpredictable sample- (lyrics: "one, two, three, four"- followed by a short explosion of the sampled beats, then a long pause and repeat) This creates a very spontaneous sound, and when it leads to the full sample, you hear a sample of rapid-fire beats and pyrotechnic guitar that astounds. "Cardinal Points" is a blissful soundscape that has a classical asthetic to it, with angelicly high voices and deep baratones that crescendo together very hauntingly. "Aqua Regalia" is an eerie death march for the soul. "Chickenskin" is another favorite that takes simple rythms and sounds and builds upon them by overlapping, tweaking, and fluctuating them and creates a cacophonic wall of sound. "Hellraiser", as you might have guessed, was used in the Hellraiser films for its superbly haunting drone and spine-tingling tinker toy effects. This is a must have album for anyone who likes Coil, and an essential goth/industrial classic. (I reccomend starting with "Musick to Play in the Dark 1,or 2"; "Love's Secret Domain" ; or "Horse Rotorvator" - Be patient with this music, and it will be worthwile.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Aural soundscapes 22 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gold is the metal is a fine example of early Coil, similar in many ways to Scatology and Love's Secret Domain. The music is slightly more disturbing than the rhythmic, dance music seen on later albums. Basically, it is a soundscape, slightly ambient but with darker overtones, especially on "Boy in a suitcase" and "The first five minutes after violent death. Not a relaxing album but a good one.
Eugene Chadbourne wuz WRONG!! 6 Aug. 2009
By William J. Tobin Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gold Is The Metal

I've been a coil collector for about a year now. Reason being,I never had the opportunity to hear the group, until a year ago.The limited edition status of Coil's releases, and the non-airplay friendly nature of their music,are the reasons.When I initially heard them, I was amazed. their approach to sound in general, the variety of styles (from Techno-beat, to classic Synth-pop, to Dark Ambient)...their strange, poetic, sometimes obscure poem/lyrics, steeped in Magick and off-beat sexual references, are as fascinating as they are (potentially) repellent. On to the subject at hand. "Gold..." while an album of "unfinished" cuts, rejected works, and out-takes, is as solid a work, as any of their more "completed" works. It contains a large part of their rejected soundtrack music from the first "Hellraiser" movie (in my opinion, much more frightening than what was used for the film), alternative versions of various album and fouty-five releases, and general musical mayhem, make this a wonderfully complete work. The sequencing plays a big part in this. It's the kind of album you can't listen to just once. When I first heard it, I replayed it three times. It is so different (as is all of their music), than what you're "allowed' to listen to, by radio programmers, and major labels...you'd be amazed at the level of pure creativity, and aural pleasure you get from this record. When I was waiting for it to arrive, i stumbled across a review of this, by Eugene Chadbourne. It was less than flattering, and all I can think of, is that Mr. Chadbourne was a bit jealous that he couldn't come up with anything this creative, himself (no dis meant, but....well, do your OWN comparison). If you know of his work, compare any of his stuff, to this. Apples to Oranges. Coil's brilliance is in a class by itself. Often classified as "experimental", this music is MORE than that. It is infinitely more listenable than any experimental music I've ever heard. I feel that it's a great starting point, a great place to jump in to the music of Coil. One word of warning, though. their music is VERY addictive. If it wasn't for the vendors on Amazon, I might never have found their works at affordable prices, either (If you don't believe me, check the outrageous prices at eBay!!). I don't usually mention this aspect, but Coil is a very good "investment" band, for collectors out there. I DON'T buy for investment purposes, but was amazed at how Coil stuff increases in value (in ALL formats). I still see some in the twenty dollar range here, and I'd recommend it quite highly. Also, check the great write ups at Amazon's Coil store....
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A longexpected rerelease 27 Jun. 2000
By Ulfster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being first published in 1988, this album was sold out shortly afterwards - and it took 10 years to bring it back...
Originally planned to become the announced "Dark Age of Love" album, "Gold is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders" turned out to be a follow-up to, featuring outtakes from, their masterpiece "Horse RotorVator". This time, the whole album seems fragmented: Some songs, particularly those from the "Hellraiser"-Sessions, are extremely melodic (e.g. "Cardinal Points", track 8), others straightfoward chaotic, e.g. "Of Free Enterprise" (track 10) and "Metal in the Head" (track 12), which are almost (but not quite) unlistenable. So this album is less programmatic than its predecessor, which dilutes its impact a bit (hence only 4 stars).
Nevertheless, it is a great piece of art, featuring great pieces of music - and then some.
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