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3.52 | 39 ratings | 2 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In (2:27)
2. I Am The Sun (3:23)
3. She Lives! (7:00)
4. Celebrity Lifestyle (4:10)
5. Mother/Father (4:07)
6. Blood Promise (4:15)
7. Mind/Body/Light/Sound (4:52)
8. My Buried Child (2:58)
9. Warm (4:54)
10. Alcohol The Seed (3:29)
11. Killing For Company (6:55)
12. Mother's Milk (2:26)
13. Where Does A Body End? (3:42)
14. Telepathy (6:11)
15. The Great Annihilator (4:53)
16. Out (2:24)

Total time 68:06


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Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Gira / vocals, acoustic, 6- & 12-string electric guitars, "sounds", producer
- (Jane) Jarboe / vocals & backing vocals, organ, keyboards, "sounds"
- Norman Westberg / electric guitar
- Clinton Steele / electric, acoustic (11) & drone (12) guitars
- Algis Kizys / bass guitar
- Bill Rieflin / drums, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar (3,13), "sounds", drum programming
- Ted Parsons / drums (3,4,15)

- Nicky Skopelitis / guitar (9)
- John Sarfell / piano (9)
- Larry Seven / double bass (16)
- Martin Atkins / hand drums (8)
- Jim Marcus / drum programming
- Scott Ramsayer / drum programming

Releases information

Artwork: Michael Gira (design)

CD Young God Records ‎- YGCD 009 (1994, Europe)

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SWANS The Great Annihilator ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
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Review by Warthur
3 stars 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.

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3 stars The Great Annihilator could be seen as something of a return to their darker beginnings, or on the other hand as a predecessor of their later development in "Seer" and "To Be Kind" (the next release "Soundtrack for the Blind" is quite different, though). Although there are three calmer songs on it ... (read more)

Report this review (#1459586) | Posted by Lewian | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | Review Permanlink

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