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Horse Rotorvator is the second LP released by the Britishmarker industrial group Coil.


It was initially released in 1986 by Force And Form, K.422 and Some Bizzare (UKmarker), Relativity Records (U.S.marker), Les Disques Du Soleil et de l'Acier (Francemarker) and Record Vox (Germanymarker). Its UK edition was frequently reissued on CD by Some Bizarre without the band's permission, leading the band to self-release a remastered CD edition of the album in 2001, with the protest, "Stevø, Pay Us What You Owe Us!", printed in large text on the cover and also on the spine.

Although Coil did officially release this album on cassette, it was once again pirated in cassette form by both Stable Records and ArsNova Records which hail from Russiamarker.

The song "Who by Fire" was originally written by Leonard Cohen, first appearing on his album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

LP cover text

"On the Eve of the Apocalypse - (the air choked with horsehair) - the Four Horsemen betray their steeds - slitting open the animal throats - and in doing so release the Second Great Deluge - Horsegore - Infinite Divisibles Split - an infinity of open sewers - the Four then fashion an immense earthmoving device from the collective jawbones - The Horse Rotorvator - with which to plough up the waiting world - (ROTA turns through 180° to TARO) - wheels replace horses - Dark Horses Run - Dark Horses Run Deep - and Hell is paved with horseflesh... (we plough the fields and scatter Our Dead Steeds on the land)".

This text was reproduced in the insert for the CD reissue of the album.

Track listing

LP Release

Side A:

  1. "The Anal Staircase"
  2. "Slur"
  3. "Babylero"
  4. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)"
  5. "Herald"
  6. "Penetralia"

Side B:

  1. "Circles of Mania"
  2. "Blood From the Air"
  3. "Who by Fire"
  4. "The Golden Section"
  5. "The First 5 Minutes After Death"

Cassette Release

Side A:

  1. "The Anal Staircase"
  2. "Silk"
  3. "Babylero"
  4. "Ostia"
  5. "Acapulco March"
  6. "Penetralia"
  7. "Ravenous"

Side B:

  1. "Circles of Mania"
  2. "Blood From the Air"
  3. "Who by Fire"
  4. "The Golden Section"
  5. "The First Five Minutes After Death"
  6. "The Anal Staircase (A Dionysian remix)"

This is the listing for the 1987 cassette release on Relativity in the U.S. "Silk" and "Acapulco March" are the working titles for "Slur" and "Herald," respectively (taken from a pre-release demo tape). "Ravenous" and "(A Dionysian Remix)" are from The Anal Staircase 12" single, and are not listed on the tape card.

CD Release (ROTA CD1 version)

  1. "The Anal Staircase" - 4:10
  2. "Slur" - 3:30
  3. "Babylero" - 0:51
  4. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)" - 6:23
  5. "Herald" - 1:03
  6. "Penetralia" - 6:10
  7. "Ravenous" - 3:26
  8. "Circles Of Mania" - 5:01
  9. "Blood From the Air" - 5:32
  10. "Who by Fire" - 2:37
  11. "The Golden Section" - 5:50
  12. "The First Five Minutes After Death" - 4:45
Different releases of the CD have "Ravenous" as Track 12 instead of 7. Sometimes the listing on the cover and the actual running order differ as a result (for example, one ROTA 1 copy lists the tracks in the above order, but actually has "Ravenous" as Track 12).

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