Filth

Swans - Filth
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1983 Ratings: #77 / 142
User Score
Based on 916 ratings
1983 Ratings: #98
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Pitchfork

Gira still had so much to accomplish with Swans, from proto-pigfucker to slick goth-pop to nihilistic drone to his current symphonies of cosmic transgression and dread. But with Filth, he opened up the Earth with his teeth, blackened and bloody, ready to begin.

75
Spectrum Culture
A ferocity that overcomes the unavoidable thinness of the no-budget production.
60
AllMusic
Norman Westberg's guitar work has a definite power to it, and occasional studio manipulations like the chopped-up/sped-up "Freak" keep things interesting, but by the end it all gets a bit much. In small doses, though, it's great, and early Swans really is like little else on the planet before or since.
JoaoSantos
80

Michael Gira could scream pee pee poo poo in my ears and I would like it

blondeMushroom
NR

yo how tf did they get anthony fantano on the cover

PipePanic
89

This is it folks. I had to stop it multiple times because I was about to break down in tears. This might be the new 'heaviest' album to beat. And I do mean beat.

I feel like listening to this album is the equivalent of Michael Gira coming to my house with a baseball bat, smacking me over 50 times, stomping on my face, pulling out my teeth, breaking my legs, killing my pets, pissing on my furniture, cutting my shoe lasses, burning my house down and fucking my mother all at the same time. And I ... read more

CORNNE
79

HEAVY AS FUCK!

This album was way ahead of it's time and it is fucking great, this is a great mix of heavy and enjoyability compared to something like COP. Stay Here is a perfect introduction into Swans No Wave era, and Power For Power is probably the best No Wave song I've ever listened to. Only complaint is that this album kinda falls off on the second half and the last two tracks are a little boring but it is still good. Plus this album is super political and has aged like fine wine. Filth ... read more

PiggyGuy100
80

BEEEEE HARRRRDDDD

thatdumplyjoker
86

I sure do like The Swans

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Track List

1Stay Here
5:35
94
2Big Strong Boss
3:02
79
3Blackout
3:47
85
4Power For Power
5:52
89
5Freak
1:13
72
6Right Wrong
4:43
81
7Thank You
3:52
77
8Weakling
5:20
87
9Gang
3:18
75
Total Length: 36 minutes
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Added on: April 14, 2014