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 3.76 | 5 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 3.98 | 2 ratings
Swans
Metal Related 1982
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 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)

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.. 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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A Screw
Non-Metal 1986
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New Mind
Non-Metal 1987
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Love Will Tear Us Apart
Non-Metal 1988
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Can't Find My Way Home
Non-Metal 1989
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Saved
Non-Metal 1989
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Love of Life / Amnesia
Non-Metal 1992
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Celebrity Lifestyle
Non-Metal 1994
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Failure / Animus
Non-Metal 1996
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I Am the Sun
Non-Metal 1997

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SWANS Swans

EP · 1982 · Metal Related
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The experimental rock band SWANS began in New York city emerging from the short lived no wave scene that was taking a side trip off the post-punk bandwagon and in 1982 found the band releasing their very first album in the form of this eponymous EP. While SWANS have evolved their sound significantly over the decades they have never lost the basic groove that can be heard on this early offering and like most SWANS albums is the creation of the mutli-instrumentalist, singer / songwriter and band leader Michael Gira.

As with the majority of no wave creations of the era, this one is characterized by hypnotic bass grooves, abrasive atonal guitar sounds, heavy percussive drives and a thick brooding raw and filthy atmosphere with melodies being replaced by mesmerizing repetition in the galloping rhythms. This early lineup of SWANS consisted of Jonathan Kane on drums, Bob Pezzola on guitar and is the only SWANS release to feature saxophone with Daniel Galli-Duani on board as well as the only constant member Gira. Despite the inclusion of the brass, this doesn’t sound jazzy in the least bit and is as abrasive and disgustingly dissonant and industrial as the other instruments.

While the EP was only ever released on 7” vinyl on its own, it has been faithfully restored and remastered and appears tacked onto the end of the remastered version of “Filth,” the band’s first full-length album which came out the following year. While SWANS at this point didn’t quite muster up the variety of sounds and expressions that later albums would propel them through the ensuing decades, this early SWANS makes up for it in that quintessential post-punk attitude that combined with the no wave alienating aesthetics makes this an adrenaline inducing slice of early 80s underground music that i find quite addictive. Just as essential as “Filth” and a fitting sidekick tacked onto its remastered edition.

SWANS The Great Annihilator

Album · 1995 · Non-Metal
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Warthur
After the comparatively accessible gothic rock sound that Swans adopted on White Light From the Mouth of Infinity showed signs of cracking at the seams on Love of Life, The Great Annihilator seems to have been a conscious attempt by Swans to try and find a new musical direction without necessarily being too sure about what it should be. A lot of the post-punk thorniness of their early material comes back here, though perhaps a bit slower, and at stages it seems to be fumbling its way towards the post-rock sound of Soundtracks For the Blind without quite actually arriving at it. It's an interesting transitional album but it's very much a work in progress between two peaks of their accomplishment, rather than a major pillar of their discography.

SWANS Children of God

Album · 1987 · Non-Metal
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Warthur
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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Warthur
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.

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Sheavy wrote:
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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:
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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 :-)
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What a chore this was

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