The Great Annihilator was Swans ninth studio album originally released in 1995. It is as intense as you might expect - leader Michael Gira lived in a tent next to the studio for the entire three month creation of the record and the results were as majestic and haunting as anything in their catalogue. It was one of the harder Swans records to find in the racks, a situation rectified by Mute's decision to re-press it in 2017 alongside a download of Gira's solo Drainland.
Vinyl Double LP £21.00 STUMM402
Remastered 2LP on Mute. Includes download of Michael Gira's 'Drainland'.
- Includes download code
CD £11.99 CDSTUMM402
Remastered 2CD set on Mute. Includes Michael Gira's 'Drainland'.
8/10 Alex 12th September 2013
When The Great Annihilator arrived, Swans took the best qualities of their recent chamber-folk tendencies from the last two tepid albums and combined them with crushing post rock catharsis (polar opposites, it would seem), to produce a record firmly centred around the spirit and regeneration. The production is jarring yet svelte, and Gira's songwriting is at its most sophisticated and tortured here then it is anywhere else. The Seer has already confirmed Swans as a forward-moving, constantly improving entity, and this just barely ranks below one of their other later masterpieces, Soundtracks for the Blind. Highly recommended for late night listening, and in conjunction with it's evil twin counterpart, Swans Are Dead (live).
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