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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.. 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 3.98 | 4 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 3.93 | 4 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 4.45 | 6 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

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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

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Various Failures 1988-1992
Non-Metal 1999
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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 Reviews

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.

SWANS Soundtracks for the Blind

Album · 1996 · Non-Metal
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With snatches of found audio and occasional moments of punkish intensity emerging from the depths of a sinister ambient post-rock landscape, Swans' Soundtracks For the Blind is a daunting musical prospect which cries out for multiple listens to unpack its many mysteries. The final statement's of the band's original incarnation before they entered a period of hiatus, it sees the group's sound building on the comprehensive sonic recalibration of The Great Annihilator and moving it in a more experimental direction, with the band's post-punk and noise rock roots by now visible mostly in the form of attitude rather than actual sonic features.

SWANS Filth

Album · 1983 · Metal Related
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The debut album by SWANS is a full-on no wave experience which was a splinter from the punk culture in New York City in the late 70s and early 80s. It was in contrast to the new wave movement that it was specifically in reaction against which threw out melody and added healthy doses of abrasive atonal sounds, hypnotic repetition of rhythms with the emphasis on musical texture.

I have also heard it referred to as a branch of noise rock and that does have validity to it since there seems to be regular rhythmic drumming that is the canvass for all kinds of chaotic sounds to flow around creating strange swells of sound. The fact is that despite being called no wave this reminds me of the waves in the ocean in a way where they come ashore in regular intervals but each one has its own chaos embedded in its regularities. Swirling in eddies and irregular patterns until they crash violently against the land.

SWANS takes the no wave approach into new arenas. They were one of the few no wave bands to actually stick around long enough to develop their own sound and this debut album has been described as “the ideal soundtrack for mass suicides or nuclear holocausts.” Hardcore it is with it's depression inducing stridency and total lack of anything remotely melodic with the distortion of heavy psych and the screamed vocals that remind me a bit of the sludge metal band Neurosis. Also in the mix are industrial type sounds that add yet another layer of bleakness and robotic detachment from finding that happy space. This is dark and sinister sounding. Despite having little melody the undulating sonic waves are strangely addicting making this unique experience a very interesting debut album.

SWANS To Be Kind

Album · 2014 · Non-Metal
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Swans are a band that I've let fly past me these past few years. Now don't blame me personally, it's just I have a mixed opinion about Pitchfork relate artists or hipster worthy bands (sometimes they are a bit too much style and not enough music). So after all this time, I have decided to give this band a chance. And of course, I'm glad I have.

If I had to describe this band to anyone, the best way to sum them up would be if The Velvet Underground where to jam with Captain Beefheart and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. The band also have a rather Pixies take to their music, with a big focus on the loud and quiet dynamic of their music. The band have a brilliant ability of being able to take minimalist riffs and ideas, yet building upon them into big climaxes or to something completely different entirely.

While the album is mainly music, one thing I really love about this album is that the lyrics are very simple and almost mono syllabic at times. While the songs titles and music already paint a picture in your head, the lyrics are almost their to portray instantaneous emotions rather than telling actual stories.

The opening track “Screen Shot” is a brilliant example of what the band can do. With a soft start and a climactic build up, the soft to hard style of the bands classic stuff is shown. Brilliant start to the album.

“A Little God In My Hands” is another personal favorite of mine. The best way to describe this song is if the Pixies where to jam with Captain Beefheart and Current 93. A brilliant track with some absolutely brilliant vocals from Michael, showing off some insane vocals.

The album's longest track and the bands longest song to date, “Bring The Sun/Touissant L'Ouverture” is a massive piece of music. A multi layered and multi parted track, the song goes through a lot of different feelings and emotions. Starting off with a post metal opening and going into a psychedelic jam, it then explodes into a noisy chasm and then moves into a slow jam with Michael shouting and raving in both French and Spanish. Now, being over a half an hour long, I do believe that this song is pushing it a little bit, but I still think the experience of this track is a rollercoaster that is an interesting experience nontheless.

The album's second longest track “She Loves Us” is another interesting moment on the album. The song being rather slow in nature at first, it then explodes into a sonic wall with Michael screaming over the music with overly sexual suggested lyrics. Mad as a hatter, but it perfectly fits with the chaotic nature of the album.

One of my personal favorite tracks on the album has to be “Kirsten Supine.” Taking influence from Lars Von Trier's film “Melancholia”, the song shows of some rather delicate yet explosive sounds, very much like the film it was inspired by.

My favorite track on the album has to be “Oxygen.” With a mad mash of different rhythms throughout and some incredibly insane vocals from Michael. For some reason I am getting a Smashing Pumpkins vibe from this track, especially with the breakdowns with only vocals and drums.

The title track which ends off the album is an interesting anti folk influenced sonic build up. Some lovely instrumental work on this track showing off some of Swans instrumental technique, before becoming more dark and twisted near the end of the track.

In conclusion, this album shows off the bands styles and sounds in ways which have bettered their previous releases. While some songs may be a bit too lengthy and outstay their welcome a tad too much,, you can't deny that journey that some of these tracks take you on. A good example of a long double album not being exceedingly boring. These guys will always excite.

8.3/10

Genres: Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Avant Garde Rock, RIO, Post Metal, Avant Garde Metal, Post Rock, Anti Folk, Art Rock, Progressive Rock

Country of origin: USA

Year of release: 2014

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Sheavy wrote:
1659 days 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:
1662 days ago
v That's the worst part.
1892 days ago
And I can't even rate all the albums 5* :C
1892 days ago
Impressive :-)
1892 days ago
What a chore this was

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