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    Posted: May 03 2014 at 13:14
Surprised to see no mention of this yet.  Swans new album, set for release in ten days.  I've listened to two tracks on YouTube (see below) and it looks to be a good one!  Another two hour monster, but sounds to be more accessible and diverse than The Seer.  And I mean that only in the best way.  Can't say if it's "prog" or not, but it sounds darn good to me!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 13:18
I've been waiting for a very long time, love the songs. I'm not sure if these songs show a more accessible side though?

I mean half of The Seer was pretty damn accessible (imo) at least.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 13:47
I wanted to do this yesterday but I forgot. I love Swans (just look at my profile picture :D ) and I pre-ordered an album and Young God Records declare  they gonna send it in Monday so I hope I'll get it till the end of the following week. Those two tracks are cool but I suspect the best piece will be Bring The Sun, even better than The Seer. I think we should add this album to Swans' discography on ProgArchives, I am a little bit surprised I hasn't been done so far because the information about the new release is for about 3 months.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 13:59
http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=45320

It's already there. 

(Looks like Info did it LOL)

The reason i would wait is because you get premature ratings. Oh well. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 14:28
I need to check these guys out, is The Seer a good place to start?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 14:31
I'd say The Seer and Soundtracks of the Blind. Both are long but they're great.  After that White Light From the Mouth of Infinity and The Great Annihilator. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 14:52
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

I need to check these guys out, is The Seer a good place to start?


If you like post-punk, can't go wrong with The Great Annihilator.  Otherwise, the Seer is brilliant of course.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 14:59
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

I need to check these guys out, is The Seer a good place to start?
Hmmm... I started with the title track of The Seer and I took some time to got attuned to Swans but since then I lone them and IMO it is the best band I know that is still playing and recording cool experimental music. I ordered the album in the first day of preorder and although I paid almost two times more than I could do it now, I don't regret because I believe thier new piece of work is worth paying (and it will be signed by Gira, yeah :D ). This year I was waiting for Phosphorescent Dreams  by UZ and the album is great but the best one this year is coming in next 10 days ;) 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 16:52
I'm eagerly awaiting the new album. I also hope the recent live album gets a general release like the prior one did.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 17:14
Been looking for "The Seer" (and "Soundtracks For The Blind") in record shops for quite a while now, but still haven't found them - heard them on YouTube and loved them. I've been a bit put off by their new release (in a week's time) because the album cover isn't extremely attractive, which I know isn't great to say, but I couldn't look at it for 2 hours and 32 seconds! Any recommendations from anyone about other Swans albums to these 2, considering I prefer "The Seer" by quite a way? Smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 18:00
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:


Been looking for "The Seer" (and "Soundtracks For The Blind") in record shops for quite a while now, but still haven't found them - heard them on YouTube and loved them. I've been a bit put off by their new release (in a week's time) because the album cover isn't extremely attractive, which I know isn't great to say, but I couldn't look at it for 2 hours and 32 seconds! Any recommendations from anyone about other Swans albums to these 2, considering I prefer "The Seer" by quite a way? Smile


i love the Swans live albums, and heartily recommend We Rose From Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head, or Swans Are Dead. I think they're generally improvements on the studio takes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2014 at 21:06
This one is going to be great. I can just feel it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2014 at 01:15
Originally posted by Xonty Xonty wrote:

Been looking for "The Seer" (and "Soundtracks For The Blind") in record shops for quite a while now, but still haven't found them - heard them on YouTube and loved them. I've been a bit put off by their new release (in a week's time) because the album cover isn't extremely attractive, which I know isn't great to say, but I couldn't look at it for 2 hours and 32 seconds! Any recommendations from anyone about other Swans albums to these 2, considering I prefer "The Seer" by quite a way? Smile
Imagine how surprised I was when I found deluxe edition of The Seer in a shop Media Markt where it is usually difficult to get less popular music. And they still have My Father Will... so maybe I'll buy it.

And if you are interested - Swans are going to re-release their past albums, beginning with Filth . They will start it soon after To Be Kind. :D
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2014 at 08:08
Oh, you may be intersted Wink :

It is a legal streaming so feel free to listen and share your opinion. For me - amazing, 5/5 !!! Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2014 at 08:10
Oh boy.  I usually try to wait until I have the CD or LP in hand before I do my first listen.  But this is oh so tempting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2014 at 08:58
Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Oh boy.  I usually try to wait until I have the CD or LP in hand before I do my first listen.  But this is oh so tempting.
HolyMoly, I'm waiting for CD I pre-ordered a month ago and in this or following week it should be delivered. But couldn't wait any longer. :D
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2014 at 10:30
Yea i may just listen to a song or two. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2014 at 11:24
I listened to Screenshot just for some relief and liked it a lot. Classic Swans with the amazing groove, rhythmic vocals from Gira just add to it all. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2014 at 12:21
I have criminally just started listening to them a month ago, but the Seer is fantastic and so is Love of Life and Soundtracks for the Blind :O
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