The Great Annihilator

Swans - The Great Annihilator
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Based on 5 reviews
1995 Ratings: #140 / 460
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1995 Ratings: #23
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The Line of Best Fit

Like no other band I can think of, their work consistently forces its audience to address profound issues of selfhood and mortality with an inimitable level of gravitas and intellect.


As is par for the course by now, Swans seem incapable of producing a bad album, and Annihilator is crammed full of astonishing songs to prove it.


Between the remastering and the added context, The Great Annihilator is afforded a 20-something-years-later argument as one of the classics of Swans' sizable discography.

Spectrum Culture

If it’s not the essential entry in the Swans’ discography it comes close, leaving the listener spent, unsure if they have the courage to take the journey again any time soon and yet eager to do so, to discover those things they missed the first time, to feel the feelings contained within the microcosms of these grooves.


By 1995’s The Great Annihilator, Swans weren’t imitating pop music so much as swallowing its features to create something monstrous.


Swans really can do no wrong, huh?

I had no expectations for this album. The last couple of Swans album have felt only the tiniest bit predictable, and having heard that this is one of Swans best albums, I had really no idea to where Swans were going to take this record. Where are they gonna take their airey, folky sound next? Will they continue to refine that sound, or go all out for a album that just punched me in the throat?

And then it punched me in the throat.

I feel as if this album is ... read more


finally, finally, i'm writing a review for The Great Annihilator. this album has been one of the hardest i've ever come across to accurately express my thoughts and feelings. it's a very difficult album that pushes against all my attempts to analyze it like it's got some dark forcefield protecting it. every time i try to reach in and grab something, it's like i'm sticking my hand into a black hole... i'm just lost and nothing comes out. fitting that a Great Annihilator is another term for a ... read more


Discog Dive: Swans: Gothic Rock Era

Genres: //Post-Punk/Gothic-Rock/Experimental-Rock/Noise-Rock//

An ever entrancing cosmic power consumes all that lies before all that is. No aspect of reality remains not consumed. The antithesis of existence. A grand entity that only serves as a force of expansion and absence. The final frontier that lays before all of existence. One that will never be overcome or understood, but eternally feared and appreciated for its cosmic beauty.

“The Great ... read more


Annihilate me Mr. Gira


I've really struggled writing about this album as it always sounds so negative. I'm very critical of this release but I still enjoy it. the sings in this album have literally no connection with each other, I picked up on no theme or familiar sounds, it just feels like a collection of random songs, great songs, but sings that were just kind of thrown together. the album doesn't feel like an experience at all, in is a song that could've been the 8th track and the flow of the album wouldn't have ... read more


This album is the darkest poem ever written.

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Added on: February 28, 2013