The Seer
Swans - The Seer
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Rank: #5 / 929
User Score
Based on 306 ratings
August 28, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Young God / Label
Michael Gira / Producer
Post-Rock / Genres / Website
Your Review


Drowned in Sound

The Seer is the culmination of Gira’s 30-year-journey; his finest two hours, if you will.

Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s an exhausting and maddening document, but one can’t help but emerge from it filled with a renewed radiance.

FACT Magazine

The Seer is clearly brilliant, and may even be Swans’ finest album yet, three decades in.

No Ripcord

The Seer is 30 years’ worth of effort, a unique and exciting height earned after decades of creation, experimentation and unconventional musical disassembly. 

A.V. Club

With The Seer, one thing is certain: Even during its quietest lulls, Gira has never sounded louder. 


It manages to expand on their sound while simultaneously summarizing everything they've ever recorded before.

Beats Per Minute

Just be thankful that the new Swans are as clever, as terrifying, and as proficient in their craft as presented on The Seer. There still aren’t any other bands out there quite like this.

Consequence of Sound

It’s wily, cunning, and aims to pull out the ecstasy hiding down in the guts of everyone, no matter if it’s uplifting or wretched.

The 405

The Seer is a superlative album which ranks amongst the very best work released under Swans name. 


The Seer ... is a brave record, one that at times threatens to lose its hold on you, but in the end one that manages to be self indulgent without being self serving. 


This album’s two-hour stretch may seem offputtingly dense at first, but give them time, and Swans ... will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil.


With great ambition comes great risk. Nine times out of 10, The Seer’s sonic gambles pay off massively.

Under The Radar

With a firmly established legend behind him, The Seer doesn't serve to endear him to new fans but rather to deepen his already compelling narrative.

Nov 15, 2017
The Seer is Swans' twelfth studio album and here they continue their well-established Post-Rock sound at their most refined and ominous. Patience is a required trait needed for appreciating a Swans record; something I, unfortunately, don't always have—but The Seer's apocalyptic soundscape is unquestionably worth the time investment. If you're willing to set aside two hours, what you'll find is a quintessential late October LP and arguably Swans' greatest achievement.
Oct 2, 2017*
I digested this album slowly. I honestly thought it was boring and repetitive until I gave it a chance all at once in its totality. I think albums like this are really not like "albums full of songs" so much as they are soundtracks to some imaginary world or some shit like that.

For me, this album was best taken as sonic journey through some creepy imaginary landscape. Like the album's cover and like the images it conjures up, the dark tones of the album make up most of its mass. ... read more
Jun 24, 2017*
After a mild comeback, Swans would go on to release a dark masterpiece: The Seer. A two-hour long journey that immersed listeners into an apocalyptic and somewhat alienated place, The Seer is a landmark album from Swans, as it puts listeners in musical realms that are completely unique in music these days. One of the greatest albums from this band.

Best songs: A Piece of the Sky, The Seer, Mother of the World
Worst song: The Wolf
Feb 16, 2017
I really can't into Swans apparently
Nov 3, 2016
Swans Masterpiece. It will be hard for any other Swans album in the future to top this.Dark, twisted and angry you know you love it.

Added on: August 10, 2012