White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Swans - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
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Based on 2 reviews
1991 Ratings: #96 / 434
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1991 Ratings: #27
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Simply put, this is out and out brilliant as the clear starting point for the second half of Swans' unique career.

Before listening to The Burning World, I was not impressed. Swans goes folk and I start missing the New Wave that they were known for. I can tell these songs SOUND good but I don’t understand the album at all

AFTER sitting through the mediocre project that was The Burning World, this album felt COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! knowing how Swans was just kind of riffing it with their dive into folk on the last project, it highlights just how wildly ambitious this project is in comparison. The ... read more


Discog Dive: Swans: Gothic Rock Era

Genres: //Post-Punk/Gothic-Rock/Neofolk//

A world is slowly constructed with one careful stroke of paint at a time. Trees grow from their shallow roots and become mighty giants that permeate within forests of accompanying giants to be burned down and replaced. Animals live and die in a euphoric bliss of endless survival. Seas and land change and shape endlessly; their fate unreachable. No malice, no hate, no desire, no greed. This world slowly becomes more ... read more


My favorite country album.

Dark, dingy, aggressive, in your face, yet light, wholesome, beautiful and tender. This is a album that really pushes its dark, Gothic atmosphere, creating a polluted and almost overbearing soundscape that is both comforting and threatening. It's an album that's both an aggressive push and a helping hand. It's got both the intense lyricism of some of Swans best records, while also having a unique instrumental undertone that really pushes this album from alright to ... read more


well that was absolutely amazing. idek what to say after that

this albums starts off stronger than any other swans album so far, doin the good ole bait n switch. this is where swans rly starts experimenting w prog and it goes great, this couldn’t have been a better start for it. i’m at a loss for more words rn i rly don’t know what to say

best song: power & sacrifice
worst song: when she breathes




Not bad! Much better than The Burning World.
Favorite Tracks: Power and Sacrifice, Song for Dead Time, Failure
Least Favorite Tracks: Better Than You, You Know Nothing, Will We Survive

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Added on: February 28, 2013