SWANS
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Swans are an experimental band from New York, New York, whose style has ranged from noise/crust to industrial to post-punk to art rock. They were part of the original "No-Wave" movement of the 80s.

Their earliest releases were very influential on sludge metal and crust punk, and are characterized by dirty, distorted walls of noise, with some considering the 1984 album Cop, the band's second full-length, to be a catalyst for the sludge metal genre to exist. For this reason, they have been included in the archives.
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SWANS albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 4.28 | 8 ratings
Filth
Metal Related 1983
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 7 ratings
Cop
Metal Related 1984
.. Album Cover 3.91 | 3 ratings
Greed
Non-Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 3.91 | 3 ratings
Holy Money
Non-Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 4.22 | 5 ratings
Children of God
Non-Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 3.07 | 4 ratings
The Burning World
Non-Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 4.23 | 5 ratings
White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Non-Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Body to Body, Job to Job
Non-Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.73 | 5 ratings
Love of Life
Non-Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 4.41 | 4 ratings
The Great Annihilator
Non-Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.24 | 6 ratings
Soundtracks for the Blind
Non-Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 3 ratings
My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky
Non-Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.96 | 6 ratings
The Seer
Non-Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.16 | 7 ratings
To Be Kind
Non-Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Glowing Man
Non-Metal 2016

SWANS EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Swans
Metal Related 1982
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Young God
Metal Related 1984
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Die Tür ist zu
Non-Metal 1996

SWANS live albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Public Castration Is a Good Idea
Non-Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feel Good Now
Non-Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anonymous Bodies in an Empty Room
Non-Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Real Love
Non-Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Omniscience
Non-Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kill the Child: 1985/1986/1987 Live
Non-Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Swans Are Dead
Non-Metal 1998

SWANS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SWANS boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Various Failures 1988-1992
Non-Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forever Burned
Non-Metal 2003

SWANS singles (10)

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Time Is Money (Bastard)
Non-Metal 1986
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0.00 | 0 ratings
A Screw
Non-Metal 1986
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
New Mind
Non-Metal 1987
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Non-Metal 1988
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Can't Find My Way Home
Non-Metal 1989
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Saved
Non-Metal 1989
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love of Life / Amnesia
Non-Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebrity Lifestyle
Non-Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Failure / Animus
Non-Metal 1996
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0.00 | 0 ratings
I Am the Sun
Non-Metal 1997

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SWANS Children of God

Album · 1987 · Non-Metal
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The culmination of Swans' early post-punk no wave era offers up what is, for the most part, a unique sonic experience. Not entirely - album opener New Mind sounds like The Fall so much I swear that Michael Gira is doing some sort of Mark E. Smith impersonation on the vocals. Dark post-punk nearly-gothic music running down religion isn't exactly rare, but music which sounds like it's full on dead and rotting on the inside like some sort of sonic zombie is a whole other deal. It's no surprise that from here they went down the full-on gothic neofolk route they took from The Burning World onwards, because this takes their early sound about as far as it can go without descending into absurd self-parody.

SWANS To Be Kind

Album · 2014 · Non-Metal
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Eh, I'm not sure about this one. It isn't bad - of course it isn't, this is late-period Swans here - but much of it seems to lack a certain Swans something. The band seem to draw on the influence of Godspeed You Black Emperor here and there - see in particular the climax of Nathalie Neal - and whilst for the most part that is a good thing, it does make this a disorienting listen. And two hours is probably too long by far, the band showing little willingness to actually edit down their material to tease out the successful parts and rework the limp bits.

SWANS Love of Life

Album · 1992 · Non-Metal
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This one is something of a sequel to White Light From the Mouth of Infinity, and its packaging and reissue history is a big clue to that; the two albums went out of print for a long while until they got reissued on a compilation with each other and a bunch of bonus tracks from the same era recently, and the cover art shows the bunny from the cover of White Light coming to a bad end.

Musically, the group continue their bid to combine commercially viable gothic rock with their particular brand of post-punk miserablism, but they get a little more experimental with it, with results which are a bit mixed but end up being interesting to listen to (even if the bid for commercial viability seems to have collapsed). Even when they start threatening to get into, say, something resembling the more conventional Melvins songs or perhaps something the Pixies might have picked up on, they end up falling back into their old weirder ways, with some tracks resurrecting the stark industrial noisy doom sound of their early releases at disconcerting moments. Worth a dabble, but kind of falls between two stools.

SWANS White Light From the Mouth of Infinity

Album · 1991 · Non-Metal
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On this release Swans go full, 100%, "tracks from this album were recommended as background music in a Vampire: the Masquerade book" goth, to the point where Michael Gira's vocal delivery adopts that particular stentorian tone reminiscent of goth vocalists trying really hard to imitate Andrew Eldritch.

This would be seen as a risible and mercifully brief phase in their existence between their shockingly raw early post-punk material that preceded this and their exceptional post-rock material that came after, were it not for one thing: they're amazingly good at this stuff. Perhaps Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds could have stood toe to toe with Swans in the post-punk/goth stakes at this point in time, but precious few others could.

SWANS The Seer

Album · 2012 · Non-Metal
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A sustained and carefully optimised sonic attack, The Seer runs the full gamut from ugly doomy drones to gorgeous post-rock passages and beyond. Definitely an album to lose yourself in over a wide space of time - with tracks extending for as long as half an hour this isn't something which you can really dip in and out of quickly - it offers some of the most subtle and startling soundscapes in recent music. Recent Swans releases have been divided between major releases and more fannish releases intended to provide means of funding the truly important projects; this is one of those important projects, and it truly merits being considered as such.

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Sheavy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Bah, this is discography is a cake walk compared to how long it will take for me to get all of Agathocles discog put up. http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Agathocles/2649
Gi wrote:
more than 2 years ago
v That's the worst part.
more than 2 years ago
And I can't even rate all the albums 5* :C
more than 2 years ago
Impressive :-)
more than 2 years ago
What a chore this was

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