Icon of Coil
An Electronic / Synthpop / Industrial band from Norway. They were first established as a solo project in 1997 by Andy LaPlegua who was later joined by former Sector 9 (now Moonitor and Zombie Girl) bandmate Sebastian Komor to perform live.
With the release of Shallow Nation, the band's first single, Komor joined full-time. In 2000, Christian Lund joined the live lineup. Later that year the band's first full-length album, Serenity is the Devil, was released, which climbed to number one on the Deutsche Alternative Charts. Shortly thereafter, Lund became a full-time band member.
In 1997 Andy LaPlegua established the project, Icon of Coil, which was primarily a concept built around a logo, graphic design and music. Soon after the inception, the music soon turned out to be the most important part of the concept and LaPlegua invited Sebastian Komor, who he had worked with before on the project Sector 9, (now called Moonitor) in 1996, to work with him on the project as a live member. After just a couple of gigs and the release of IOC’s first single, "Shallow Nation", Seb became a full-time member.
Shallow Nation (2000)
Shallow Nation, released early in 2000, sold out the first thousand copies after only two weeks in the stores, which resulted in a deal with the Norwegian record label Tatra Records. Around that same time Tatra Records released the compilation Sex, Goth & Electronics, to which IOC contributed an exclusive version of their song "Repeat It".
Before they started working on their second release IOC did programming for the Apoptygma Berzerk track "Starsign". Soon afterwards, they traveled to Germany, with live member Jon Holm, to support Apoptygma on their Welcome to Earth tour 2000 at their gigs in Frankfurt, Cottbus and Leipzig before going back to Norway to play together at Rockefeller in Oslo.
One Nation Under Beat debuted in the top 20 on the DAC-chart (Deutsch Alternative Chart) for eight weeks and peaked at number three.
In late spring of 2000 at a gig in Uddevalla, Sweden, Christian Lund joined the band as a live-member and went on stage with Andy and Seb for the first time. Along with being the vocalist for his En Route project, Christian had a background from a melodious EBM Fredrikstad-band called Elected By Fear where he played together with Fredrik Hansen from Echo Image (who also played at that gig) and Marius Johnsen from Centravibe.
Serenity is the Devil (2000–2001)
After the release of IOC's first full-length Serenity is the Devil in November 2000, which reached number three on the DAC-chart, the band went to Germany together with Beborn Beton. With nine gigs, positive feedback from the audience and very good reviews on the debut album, IOC gained a following in the synth/industrial scene.
Shortly afterward, the album crossed the Atlantic and was released in North America by Metropolis Records. On March 29, 2001, the band itself followed and boarded a plane to Chicago. The song Situations Like These from the (then) forthcoming Seren EP was played live for the first time to an American audience.
The summer started with a successful show in Leipzig, Germany, at Wave-Gotik-Treffen. The following festivals included CSD, Zillo Festival, Xtreaktor Festival, Eurorock, Infest and ended at M'era Luna.
Situations Like These became a big club hit and the band was ready for a second tour (this time in a Nightliner touring bus) of North America with VNV Nation. The leg began in Chicago on the 16th of November. Icon of Coil, VNV Nation and the rest of the crew continued up to Canada, down the east coast to Florida, through Texas to the West coast and Hollywood, where they did their 15th show. The four-week tour ended in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Soul is in the Software (2002)
During their tours, the band found the time to write material for their second album, The Soul is in the Software, which was released in April 2002 and stayed at number one on the DAC for several weeks. IOC then performed at two more festivals: The Dark Jubilee Festival in London, and later as the Sunday headliner for Synthpop Goes the World in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Machines Are Us (2004) and Uploaded And Remixed (2004)
In 2004, their third album, Machines Are Us, was released. Icon of Coil then released their remix album Uploaded And Remixed at the tail end of 2004, which featured new mixes of songs from their first two records and two exclusive tracks.
Present & Future
Icon of Coil have been reuniting sporadically for live performances. They announced at their recent Sydney show that they would be writing new material.
On August 6, 2012, Icon of Coil released a new song, PerfectSex as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp. A new studio album is currently in production. Most recently, in November 2015 IOC performed on the main stage at the Orus Fest in Mexico City.
I, II & III
2006 saw Icon of Coil release three compilation albums, each was released separately as re-issues of their first 3 albums ('Serenity is the Devil', 'The Soul is in the Software' & remix album 'One Nation Under Beat'), 2 singles ('Shallow Nation' & 'Access And Amplify') and EP ('Seren EP'), which were all either out of print, or hard to find.
Studio Albums List
1) Shallow Nation (MCD) (2000)
2) One Nation Under Beat (MCD) (2000)
3) Serenity is the Devil (2000)
4) Seren EP (2001)
5) Access and Amplify (MCD) (2002)
6) The Soul is in the Software (2002)
7) Android (MCD) (2003)
8) Machines Are Us (2004)
9) Machines Are Us (2CD) Limited edition (2004)
10) Uploaded and Remixed (2004)
11) Uploaded And Remixed / Shelter Ep (2CD) Limited edition (2004)
12) I (2006)
13) II (2006)
14) III (2006)