Swans
Children of God


5.0
classic

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2010 | 321 replies | 34,221 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty and the Beast

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

There are bands, and then there are bands. The former need nothing more than a handful of instruments and some catchy tunes. What lies beneath the fleshy exterior isn’t important. The latter, however, have at their disposal something more than simple song writing talent and musical ability. An extra ingredient is needed, some dark and mystical force that moves unseen in the pitch black labyrinths of sound.

Swans have that and then some.

Children of God explodes with the shattering New Mind, and does not let up once during its seventy minute running time. Even during the softest moments, a magical intensity still prevails – the signature Swans vibe that is present in every moment of their music. Pounding drums and droning guitars are still Gira’s domain, and he stalks through them with anger in his voice and fear in his heart. His voice erupts like a volcano spewing passion that instantaneously turns to poison; the unbridled screams that tear apart the stunning Beautiful Child are some of the most terrifying sounds ever to emanate from a humanity that could never come to terms with its own existence.

Orbiting like so many electrons around the unstable nucleus that is Gira are the honey sweet syllables that cascade from Jarboe’s tongue. Echoing with a quiet beauty, they resonate loudly from somnolent streams, caressed agonizingly by the weeping willows of piano that bow down in mourning from the overgrown banks. Dying away at a bend in the river, they ultimately cascade in fury over waterfalls of sound as Gira returns to the microphone.

Whilst adjectives such as terrifying and the haunting adequately sum up this album, ‘bizarre’ also springs to mind. The dissonant cacophony of trumpets that rips through Like a Drug violently collides with the nonsensical sounds that spring from Jarboe’s throat during the chorus; devastatingly unique to say the least. Meanwhile, the title track sounds like a fanatical church ceremony gone off the rails, and it sums up the album perfectly; the fervour running through this music is genuine, crushing and absolutely astonishing.

Swans were undoubtedly one of the most singular and astounding bands ever to arise from the dark recesses of sound, and Children of God was the first great mountain of sound they conquered. Whilst the following decade would see them evolve and mutate beyond belief, this remains their first flawless and perhaps most perfectly emotive work.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Adash
September 22nd 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review's only an entire generation overdue

iarescientists
September 22nd 2010



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is an institution

astrel
September 22nd 2010



2614 Comments


If only metal bands could be this brutal.

kount
September 22nd 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this

Wizard
September 23rd 2010



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love this [2]

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kount
September 23rd 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wat is this last.fm

Adash
September 24th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

makes me wonder what My Father would sound like with Jarboe

Buccaneer
December 26th 2010



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beautiful Child is the most terrifying thing I've heard all year

Adash
December 27th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

most terrifying thing I've heard in my life

eternium
December 28th 2010



16337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, finally listening to this and New Mind is one of the best openers I've heard in awhile. Really shows me that Godflesh is a metal version of Swans.

ECRbubs
January 1st 2011



687 Comments


best review I've read in a while

Adash
January 2nd 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

much obliged

best album I've heard in a while :p

cbmartinez
January 2nd 2011



2525 Comments


i have great destroyer and i dig it and respect it, but it's so dark and emotionally draining I don't listen to it much. I'd still like to hear this though

Adash
January 2nd 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oof if you find great annihilator draining than this will ruin you, but thats what makes it so good. I recommend trying White Light From the Mouth of Infinity and then this; astounding stuff

ECRbubs
January 2nd 2011



687 Comments


oh yeah this seems incredible

ECRbubs
January 2nd 2011



687 Comments


I only heard some of the new one and I thought it was awesome so I definitely have to check out some of these classics

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the sex in your soul will damn you to hell!! :]

Adash
October 24th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What a mental band. Sex, God, Sex, when the band stops playing and Gira starts screaming for Jesus to come down = best moment of a live show I have ever seen

Butkuiss
November 28th 2011



4159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

>Listen to Swans.

>Realise Godflesh aren't as groundbreaking as you first thought.

>????

Profit

InAbsentia
November 28th 2011



3542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the greatest bands in history.



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