The Great Annihilator
Although many would malign this as a lesser, late Swans album, I have to admit it’s the first one that really held my attention. Maybe I’d burnt out on the New York Noise thing (Swans, Live Skull, Rat At Rat R, etc.), especially after that clique became rock-press darlings – Sonic Youth be damned.
But from that fertile, stinking scene, The Swans grew into a huge, dynamic sound all their own. Although Michael Gira’s lyrical outlook hasn’t softened one iota, many of the tracks are quite striking in their power and beauty – especially Killing for Company, seemingly inspired by the Dennis Nilsen necrophile murders. Nice touch.